February 4, 2017

Haas and Hahn Favela Playhouse

Inspired once again by the artist duo Haas and Hahn, we took a cue from their Favela project, and focused on intentional design.

Questions I asked students as we examined the neighborhoods revitalized by Haas and Hahn centered around the purpose and practicality of their projects:

  • who do you think lives there?
  • why would someone paint a whole neighborhood, instead of just their own house?
  • how did the artists plan for this project?
  • why do you think they chose these designs?
  • what tools did the artists use, and who do you think helped?

I assembled this small cardboard playhouse and had our students examine the interior and exterior. Using our conversations about Haas and Hahn as a a starting point, interested designers created design submissions with marker. 

One design was chosen and students worked to carefully replicate the color schemes from the drawing in tempera paint.

At the end of our week, things got a little crazy and the house got a very special, very silly, pre-Kindergarten wrap job.

While some students were working on the design end of things, others were using our hand painted blocks to create mini neighborhoods of their own. Use "Haas and Hahn" in my search bar to see a post about creating those blocks. We've painted over them and continue embellishing them since - they're beautiful!

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