Museums are an excellent resource for teaching and learning. They offer learning opportunities to gain inspiration and improve skills in problem solving, higher order thinking skills and visual analysis. Looking at objects from different times and places helps students to understand the cultural significance and impact of design, both historic and contemporary.
The V&A Museum Dundee (www.vandadundee.org) aims to be a leader in design education, inspiring creativity and developing future skills for design and business innovation. They have a Schools Programme that has adopted a four step design process of explore, imagine, develop and solve.
In 2016 the museum were approached by Grant Lindsay, convenor of the NIne Incorporated Trades of Dundee, who wanted to support a local project that would make the past come to life. The V&A wanted to encourage school pupils to engage with their local design heritage, linking Dundee’s traditions with the future of the city. The project challenged Primary 4 pupils to design and re-imagine a bonnet for the 21st Century, making the experience more relevant and meaningful to them. I was over the moon to be asked to facilitate this project and I worked with Rosebank Primary School.
The pupils began by researching local design history around the city and worked through the design process and transformed their ideas into real hats using traditional craft methods.
Encouraging young pupils to learn and value creativity skills is not only of huge benefit to them as individual learners but to Scotland’s economy too.
As you can see from the wonderful hats Rosebank Primary School produced it’s safe to say they are certainly producing designers and makers of the future!