Online Courses that Explore the Built Environment
We educate our children to a high level in language arts so that they do not make simple errors of grammar or vocabulary. But many of us are complacent about sending our children into the world not knowing the grammar and vocabulary of the built environment.
There are people who can walk down the street and understand the architecture they see, who know its grammar and vocabulary. They can tell the difference between a well-designed building and one whose architect has not taken all of the elements of design into account to form a desirable whole. They know how to read a building. They can walk into a room and know that it was designed with a purpose in mind or that it was a thrown together by people who did not understand what they were doing or the ways in which to achieve the purpose of the room. They understand the grammar of composition and the vocabulary of the elements of the room. And they know how to read the art and grasp the meter of the whole and identify and respond to the poetic elements of the individual parts. These are truly educated people.
Three of the Royal Fireworks online courses are essential steps in educating your children to understand the language of the built environment. This summer we are offering short courses in interior design and in art history. In the fall, Francis Wickham is once again offering his introduction to the history of architecture.
Too often people describe such courses as “electives” and relegate them to a tertiary role in a child’s education. But these are not minor courses designed to entertain children who are otherwise bored or bad at traditional subjects. Art, architecture, and interior design are the very foundation of a complete education; they are the essential basis for understanding fully the world that humankind has made.