Getty Foundation/ California

Getty Foundation/ California

The J. Paul Getty Trust is the philanthropic arts institution Headquartered in Los Angeles, California. It operates the J. Paul Getty Museum which has two locations: the Getty Center in Los Angeles and the Getty Villa in Malibu, California.

Its other programs are the Getty Foundation, the Getty Research Institute, and the Getty Conservation Institute, through which it awards scholarships that focus on the visual arts in all its dimensions.

Following these lines of work the Getty Research Institute’s gallery conceived Bauhaus: Building the New Artist, the online exhibition that offers an in-depth look into the German School’s novel pedagogy.

Considered one of the most influential schools of art and design of the 20th century, the Bauhaus forged a unique educational vision that blended theory with practice in order to cultivate a new generation of artists and designers who believed in the alliance of the arts under the wing of architecture, and expected to create a solid entity between people and arts.

The Bauhaus exhibition is nicely organized into four sections related to: the history of the school, the kingdom of color and shapes, the experience and contact with the materials, and the importance of the holistic integration of the body, mind and spirit into the daily work.

Among the webpage headlands we find synthetic explanations about the Bauhaus core aspects, original vintage photos and many beautiful exercises to make an approach to the romantic postwar vision of the school.

We appreciate very much the exercises to manipulate A4 paper, based on the teachings of Master Josef Albers and we hope you will find great interest watching the tutorials and also designing and practicing with 3D structures:

Freeform exercise patern
Spiral exercise patern
Honeycomb exercise patern

Learning at home/ London

Learning at home/ London

RIBA, the Royal Institute of British Architecture creates resources for schools to find new ways to explore the curriculum. They offer their contents to help students understanding the build environment. An so, in the website you may find Mathematical activities to be concious of how they support the creation of the spaces we live in, Geographic & History resources to give contextual knowledge and relate locality, region, nation,… to the world, in natural progression, and also citizens resources to encourage students with their social & spatial environments.

All this lessons is nicely illustrated, well explained to teachers and students in their activity sheets and well designed in order to have a successful experience working stand alone lesson as well as if you work progress in from one to the other. But due to pandemic situation, they created very interesting & easy to follow activities to be done at home. Guided by short videos online, their proposals show us many technics for 3D models, city story telling, concepts about green architecture,… and many more that you will find here:

Architecture from home/ London

Architecture from home/ London

During the lockdown some architecture studios shared resources and proposed activities for children away from school. Among them, Foster&Partners encouraged kids to use lots of templates designed “ex profeso” to think, make & play with architecture and not only to be entertainment.

Skyscrapers, colorful city creations, tips for taking better photos,… and many other resources created by the studio, for children to learn while they were at home. One we enjoyed very much, was the worksheet showing drawing technics using the trees as a model to learn about perspective drawing. Now that we are free to go outside home, we can take a look at our surroundings again and try to put in perspective our green friends in paper just for fun!

Educating worldwide/ Arizona

Educating worldwide/ Arizona

Master Frank LLoyd Wright wanted to make life more beautiful, the world a better place for living and to give reason, rhyme and meaning of life. His fondation continues embracing his values and trys to preserv his buildings, influence the growth of architecture, design and planning, educating audience about the relevance of Wright’s cultural and architectural legacy.

Among the programs they develope you can find the virtual classroom, where education team developed during pandemic days activities to do at home based on organic architecture and solutions-based design, also the virtual & on-site field trips, and family activities & home school. They encourage people of all ages to explore & discover through fun, interacting with Master Wright’s thougths.

You can find them on:

Architecture for coloring/ Chiapas

Architecture for coloring/ Chiapas

The workshop Carmelina and Aurelio, based in Tuxtla Gutierrez (Chiapas, Mexico) offers us two downloadable volumes from its website with architectural illustrations to imagine and color buildings. Created with a clear experimental purpose and inspired by architectural aesthetics, they challenge boys and girls between 5 and 105 years old.

Their first issue consists of plates based on the architecture of Mexico and with the second they broaden their gaze to the world and offer us new beautiful constructions to fill with color.

Both are free and you can download them on their page.

We hope you like them!

Arc en rêve / Bordeaux

Arc en rêve / Bordeaux

Architecture, landscape, town, design, in Bordeaux and country, in the world, day by day, the whole year, with arc en rêve centre d’architecture. Arc en rêve centre d’architecture was founded in Bordeaux in 1981 and its mission is to stimulate cultural awareness in the fields of architecture, urban planning, landscaping and design, while also playing the role of interface working to improve the quality of the spaces we live in.


Arc en rêve’s pursuits have both a widely international and a strongly local dimension, structured around exhibitions, conferences, debates, publications, workshops for children, courses for adults, trips to visit buildings or explore towns and experimental activities in urban design. Such ventures promote contemporary architectural innovation in and around Bordeaux, the region and across the globe.

In synergy with its monographic and thematic exhibition projects, arc en rêve centre d’architecture develops meetings and workshops that are run for professionals and teachers alike, providing training and setting up contacts, and activities are also available which are specifically designed for young people and schools. These educational activities are interactive and hands-on in ethos. They encourage participants to get involved in such endeavours as touching, building, debating and inventing through the use of arc en rêve’s purpose designed teaching materials.

Arc en rêve aims:
> To foster sensitivity to contemporary urban forms, architecture, design and the landscape, and promote a high-quality approach to development initiatives.
> To provide information and training on production processes and share knowledge about new ways of developing the living environment.
> To consider the various points of view of intellectuals, artists, politicians and residents in order to improve our understanding of today’s world and to help us plan for the future of our societies.
> To undertake a commitment to the propagation of ideas and act as an interface with the political, social and economic spheres.
> To provide a forum for social communication where artists and technicians work in direct contact with words and images produced by users. Once again, our constant aim is to foster a desire for architecture, to encourage creative work, and to open people’s eyes to a changing world.

Arc en Rêve created the game “1 Bâtiment / un architecte” to learn contemporany architecture. 15 buildings by 15 architects. Thank you, it is a wonderful game!

Here with love, a small present from us:

Bordeaux, 1829. Night. Goya died one year ago in this city.

Leocadia, Goya´s widow, is burning his letters in the chimmey. The fire crackles.

She finds a drawing behind a letter. She stares it… dozens of kids reading books, writing texts, they look happy and proud, the sunlight dances through several arcs of stones. Is it inside a building? Is it outside? No adults, just children concentrated in their tasks. Leocadia looks for a title but there is no title.

She sees several butterflies between the stone arcs, one here, other there… butterflies like dust. One kid is writing on a paper. Leocadia distinguishes some words…

“My house of dreams is my house of stones”.

She doesn´t remember when Goya drew it. The fire crackles. The clock doesn´t stop.

Leocadia leaves the drawing inside a big book.

She continues burning old letters.

(Read: Bordeaux sleeps by Jorge Raedó)