Knowledge and curiosity are at the very core of ArkDes’ activities for schools. The programme for a school visit covers several subjects from the curriculum. Choose the programme that suits you and your class best.
The exhibition Flying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the World tells of the time when a concrete panel soaring across the sky symbolised the future and embodied dreams of a better world. The exhibition also tells of the concrete panel systems in contemporary architecture.
In the school programme for secondary school students, we focus on specific areas in the exhibition, such as concrete as a material and the construction process used to make concrete panels. We also discuss how concrete panel systems influenced other art forms and how they found their place in our cultural history, as well as how the technology involved in the construction of the panel systems coincides with societal changes, both in Sweden and globally. After the programme, students will be invited to cast their own models of panels in Studio ArkDes.
Architectural development via technology
This programme studies how architecture’s means of expression has been developed via technological developments, by discussing several buildings from architectural history. We also focus on the materials and construction techniques used throughout history, such as logs, half-timber, arch haunches, framework and cast iron. We study new opportunities and forms created by concrete up to more modern constructions made using glulam beams and glass. During the final session, the pupils are divided into small groups and assigned the task of constructing a tower using paper tubes and glue guns. The towers have to be stable, tall and withstand a certain load.
Sustainable social development
What does sustainable social development involve? During this school programme, we exploit history to look into the future. We discuss social, economic and ecological sustainability based on a city and social development perspective. We build sustainable communities in the atelier.
Form and change
An architectural historical tour during which we focus on how buildings look and how they reflect their times. From the Bronze Age longhouses such as Södra Råda church from the Middle Ages, Stockholm castle featuring classicism and Villa G from the last turn of the century. Other buildings studied include Villa Snellman from the late 1910s, the functional girls’ school Sveaplan, the curtain wall façade on the Kulturhuset cultural centre in Stockholm, the 1980s over-dimensioned decorative element up to today’s multi-scale architecture. What do these buildings tell us about the predominant world of ideas and the materials, colours and forms used and why? At the end of the programme, the pupils are divided into small groups and assigned the task of creating a three-dimensional sketch model of a building inspired by a motto. This produces a number of different interpretations of the same motto, which we can use to reflect on the expressive means of architecture.
The city’s development and future
From the medieval organic growth of a city plan to today’s conglomeration in cities with a glimpse of the future. We take an in-depth look at the city’s development and discuss how international influences, communications, political decision-making and technology have affected the growth of the city. What basis does this provide us for the future and how the future will look? Finally, the pupils are divided into groups and build their own vision of a city where communications, functions and organisation are presented.
Skolbesök för gymnasieklasser
Duration: two hours
Price: SEK 1,200
Max. no of pupils : 30
Please remember to notify any changes or cancellations at the latest three days before the booked visit, or you will be charged for the full price of the visit.
Wild at heart
The school programme is offered from 18 February to 4 April at the Finnish Institute.
Playful, socially responsible and material-driven, all describe contemporary Finnish design. The school programme introduces students to contemporary Finnish design and allows them to design movable artworks of their own using the exhibition as their inspiration. The exhibition presents a number of Finnish designers, all work in different ways and with different questions that challenge and broaden the view of the role of design in society today.
Take this opportunity to examine the richly detailed illustrations in Happaniemi’s textiles, which are inspired by Finnish folklore, myths and tales. Or the result of Mifuko’s combination of Finnish contemporary design and Kenyan crafts. The company does more than make products, it also contributes to creating a secure income for the women who are part of the production process.
The school programme is given in Swedish or Finnish.
About the programme
Max number of pupils: 15, in two groups
Target group: F-9, gymnasium
Duration: 1.5 hours
Location: Snickarbacken 4
Metro station: Östermalmstorg or Hötorget
Tele: +46 73 979 12 19