Pupils of Kaneshi Elementary School work under professionals to create models of their dream shop
July 15, 2012 Takahiro Shinjo, Correspondent of the Ryukyu Shimpo
On June 27, in an art class at Kaneshi Elementary School in Nakijin, 26 sixth-grade pupils took part in a special workshop, to create models of their dream shop. The children designed a variety of shops for motorcycles, cars, sports goods, and pets.
Members of the Japanese Commercial Environment Designers Association (JCD) delivered the lecture to the class. The establishment of the JCD Okinawa branch has led to the commencement of a range of activities to support education with design. This was the second such class following one held at Bito Elementary
School in Okinawa City in 2010.
Before the class, the pupils drew sketches of shops they would like to have and thought of what materials they might use. They worked with sample tile, stainless steel sheeting and cloth, just as professionals would do.
To start with the children just followed the teacher’s guidance, but after a while they focused on the task at hand and created the models by themselves, presenting their work at the end of the class. Asahi Yonamine, who made a model of a car shop, said, “The wall and the floor were different from I had imagined, but I’m happy with how it turned out.” Chikara Shindo, an interior designer from Tokyo, commented, “People tend to think that design is difficult, but it’s really just like cooking. It would be nice if the children come to understand the joy of creating something.”
Sixth-grade teacher Yoshie Yamashiro said, “It is a good opportunity for children to enjoy making something and getting an idea of a potential career through contact with professional architects and designers.”
(English translation by T&CT, Lima Tokumori and Mark Ealey)
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