Experience and imagination

The ability to create three-dimensional spaces and inhabit them imaginatively and the ability to express this in a variety of media is a crucial development in children’s visual awareness. The subject matter can range from abstract constructions, castles, robots and models with moving parts for space adventure stories to objects designed to fulfil a function in the home or on a building site.

Stories, poems, songs, films, videos, television programmes or works of art could inspire ideas. Sources for the latter could include the work of artists such as Anthony Caro, Vivienne Roche and Michael Warren. Construction is an ideal medium for group work, for sharing ideas and discovering ways of reconciling aesthetic and functional requirements so that the object or structure is the children’s personal response to an idea or theme and works as intended.