Chair design

This project will develop a knowledge and understanding of 3 dimensional design by looking at the architecture of the Clyde waterfront. Learners must fabricate their designs using only recycled materials. Students will apply this knowledge in a real life context, as they will be acting as designers trying to win a bid to produce a new line of furniture for Clyde waterfront homes. This project will develop students' k/u of 3 dimensional design processes by using Clyde architecture as a starting point to create an original chair design to win the chance to participate in a presentation to a local designer, Clyde developer and an exhibition at parents' evening. Final presentations presented to a Clyde developer for judging purposes - learners request feedback.

Broad Outcomes of learning

• Subject knowledge gained and enhanced e.g. the design process, working to constraints (design brief, intended market etc), learning how to use various materials and techniques e.g. experimenting with paper, plastics, card, fabric and whatever else they can find. 
• Employability skills enhanced - application of knowledge in a real situation by being able to follow a brief, by being in competition with peers and by presenting you finished product to a selected panel (selling your product also relates to selling oneself in an interview situation) 
• Communication & analysing: critiquing each others work at middle and end of project 
• Researching, planning and sourcing: going through the design process 
• Organisation: presentation boards to show design process 
• Presenting: presenting your work to a panel of judges at the end of the project 
• Confidence of working independently from teacher-led lessons demonstrated by pupil focussed working through experimenting with materials, at this stage teacher is available for help and support but pupils would be coming up with ideas themselves 
• Pupils take responsibility for their learning through making decisions throughout their design unit and selecting which material best suits their design. 
• Learners will also justify their final design to the panel of judges 
• Learners have developed enterprising skills identified as 4 capacities of CfE

Relevance to curriculum

• Supports CfE Art, students will work with the visual elements: line, shape, form, texture and colour
• Relevance of how curriculum topic on chair design is relevant to work and life (everything that you see around has been through the design process) and how this subject knowledge is put into practice in a real situation

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