This summer, 66 Portland Place was enlivened by a series of children’s workshops…

Artist Viyki Turnbull leading the model-making workshop, RIBA, 66 Portland Place, August 2013 ©  Ros Croker / RIBA, British Architectural Library

Artist Viyki Turnbull leading the model-making workshop, RIBA, 66 Portland Place, August 2013
© Ros Croker / RIBA, British Architectural Library

Model-making workshop, RIBA, August 2013 © RIBA, British Architectural Library

Model-making workshop, RIBA, August 2013
© Ros Croker / RIBA, British Architectural Library

Whilst teachers and students enjoyed their well-earned summer break, the RIBA have been helping children get to grips with architectural ideas, make new friends and explore the secrets of 66 Portland Place.

Pop-up pocket books workshop

Pop-up pocket books workshop: Well done, everyone!
© Ros Croker / RIBA, British Architectural Library

Pop-up pocket books workshop

Pop-up pocket books workshop: Great work!
© Ros Croker / RIBA, British Architectural Library

Rubbings & Reliefs workshop

Rubbings & Reliefs workshop: Artist Viyki Turnbull with participants exploring the shapes and textures of the engraved bronze doors of 66 Portland Place, August 2013
© RIBA, British Architectural Library

Rubbings & Reliefs workshop: One of the rubbings made from exploring 66 Portland Place, August 2013 © RIBA, British Architectural Library

Rubbings & Reliefs workshop: One of the rubbings made from exploring 66 Portland Place, August 2013
© RIBA, British Architectural Library

Aimed at 7 to 12 year olds, the RIBA’s summer sessions included workshops on model making, pop-ups and eco-design. Talent and enthusiasm were not in short supply! All participants got stuck into investigating architecture and the city, whilst learning new making, drawing and other creative skills along the way.

Recycling workshop: Children exploring building materials © RIBA, British Architectural Library

Recycling workshop: Children exploring building materials
© RIBA, British Architectural Library

Recycling workshop: Children wrote down some of the things they learnt that day © RIBA, British Architectural Library

Recycling workshop: Children wrote down some of the things they learnt that day
© RIBA, British Architectural Library

If you like the look of this summer’s programme for children, keep your eye on the What’s On section of architecture.com to find out about the next holiday workshops coming up in the half term of October 2013 – more details of these will be online soon. Artists and educators will be leading half-day hands-on sessions for your little ones to be inspired by ‘Animal Architecture’ and ‘Model-making from Nature’ during October half term. Like the summer sessions these workshops will use the RIBA’s rich collections of books, periodicals, photographs and drawings to inspire young minds and equip students with useful skills.

To all the participants of this summer’s workshops: we hope you enjoyed the summer holidays and good luck with the new school term!

Contact Library Education Curator Ros Croker if you have any questions or want to be added to the mailing list for future workshops.

Ros Croker, Education Curator
Tel: +44 (0)20 7307 3732
Email: library.education@riba.org

About Wilson Yau
I work for the British Architectural Library at the RIBA as part of a team to share news, images and information online about the activities of the Library and the fascinating items we have in our architectural collections – it contains over four million items, so there's plenty to see! If you’re curious about what we do at the Library and with the collections, or want to discover the latest about our education programmes, public events and exhibitions at the RIBA, please visit www.architecture.com

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