This past couple of weeks the 4th graders at Washington School have been studying architecture. With many old homes in our town, it has been fun learning different architectural terminology. Some of the items we have talked about in class include dormers, Russian domes, Victorian turrets, bay windows, padillian windows, fanlights, columns, spindles, shingles, fish scales, siding, and the list goes on and on.
After learning these terms, we designed our own dream homes. This was really fun. We could include anything we wanted on it, whether it was a tower, columns, or a big, beautiful balcony, the sky was the limit.
One of the highlights to our study of architecture was a visit from a guest speaker, Daric O’Neal. He is the father of 4th grader, Lennon O’Neal. Mr. O’Neal is a project manager for the firm of Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture out of Omaha, Nebraska. We were lucky enough to have Mr. O’Neal come into all of our 4th grade art classes to share his expertise. He showed us blueprints, which were pretty cool. He also showed us models of buildings and some of the tools that he uses to draw his plans.
Mr. O’Neal showed us an awesome online drawing program called Sketchup, which you can use to design houses, buildings and many other things. He said we could even go online ourselves and try this free program, which we thought sounded like a lot of fun.
Mr. O’Neal decided that he wanted to become an architect when he was a 6th grader right here at Washington School. We were happy that he decided to come back and share his knowledge with us. We also learned that one of Mr. O’Neal’s things he likes to work with in his job is the reconstruction of old homes and buildings, although that’s not the only type of architectural work that he enjoys doing.
We were happy to have Mr. O’Neal as our special guest. It was nice of him to take time out of his busy schedule to come and share his knowledge with us. It was also nice of his firm, Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture to let him visit us.