Kick start creative learning

Explore first hand a collection of vessels including cups, jugs, teapots etc.

Ask: What do they look like, feel like, what size, what shape,texture? What is it made of?  Is it valuable? Hold the handle, pour from the spout. Does it do a good job? What would it feel like with hot or cold liquid in it? Would you like to use it/own it? What could make it better?

Related activities for ASN and Early level:

Add water, coloured liquid, warm or cold, other textures like sand, tea.  Fill the vessels pour from them, stack them.  Feel the textures pouring on your hands.  This is sensory art and science at work.

Levels 1-3

Draw one of the objects and change it by drawing on top. Make a part bigger, smaller, narrower, wider, taller, add bits on, add decoration, change the shape.

Experiencing how designers change their ideas and getting used to considering more than one answer. Say when you would use your design and who might like to have it. 

Levels 4-Senior

After exploring the collection of objects it’s your turn to design!  Fold a piece of paper in two.  On one half make lots of small sketches and notes about designs for vessels you would use on a special occasion and on the other side a collection you would use every day.  Discuss the differences and why they came about.  Would you swap any over and why?  Is something more valuable because it is expensive or more valuable because it is useful every day?

Next Steps

You could then move on with a design brief for a specific client considering budget, specific needs and end use for the designs.  This is a way of putting many initial ideas on paper without narrowing it down too soon.

Observed drawings and research can then follow and this page can be revisited at the development stage where it can be adapted through further problem solving