Learn About Architecture In Your Very Own City or Town!
Want to talk like an architect? It’s easy – all you need to know is a little architectural vocabulary.
Ages: 7 and up
Materials: Architectural Flash Cards , paper, pencils, and crayons or markers
- Print out the Architectural Flash Cards .
- Study the cards, thinking of examples of these architectural elements that you see every day.
- “Act” the architectural elements out. For example, to be a column, stand straight and tall, perhaps with your hands on your head to suggest the capital on top of the column. To be an arch, join hands with a partner, and form an arch with your arms, as if you were playing “London Bridge is Falling Down;” to be a pediment, make your and your partner’s arms form a point, instead of an arch. Be creative! This will help you to learn the architectural elements illustrated on the flash cards more quickly. Try to memorize them.
- Visit the Glossary of Architectural Terms, and study the elements. There are many elements, but don’t worry about memorizing them, too, though. Just familiarize yourself with them.
- Now, take the flash cards with you on a walk in an interesting neighborhood. The neighborhood can be in a downtown area, in a residential area, or just around your school. See how many of the architectural elements you can find on your walk, and how many you can remember.
- After your walk, draw what architectural elements you can remember from your walk.
- Continue to repeat steps 5 and 6 whenever you are in an area with interesting buildings. Before you know it, you will be talking like an architect.