Educating Kids about Design and Making Places
Renaissance Kids is a summer architecture program developed and taught by Associate Professor, Mark Moreno for kids ages 6-14. By a wide assortment of fun, educational hands-on activities, the program promotes ideas that relate to and reflect theoretical and practical architectural lessons of Andrews University's School of Architecture. On the practical side, these ideas include: learning to use the tools and conventions necessary for the architect to convey ideas through drawing and modeling; understanding proportion, scales, texture, hierarchy, rules of perspective etc. Theoretically, the lessons of Renaissance Kids respect history, and the notion that architecture affects us culturally, physically, socially, and emotionally.
While each exercise is designed to teach and hone skill sets, there are always philosophical bases that stretch the young minds for understanding our own selves as humans, citizens, neighbors and the like. For instance, the kids may be asked to measure and draw existing built conditions to understand the field work of an architect, but as statistics tell us that a certain percentage of the population depends on accessibility accommodations, the curriculum may insist that this work be done from a wheelchair. Simply, Renaissance Kids respects and hopes to challenge each child to tap his/her creative, intuitive, and inquiring sense of self and place.
Sessions & Schedules
Ages 7-9, 8:30-12:00
Ages 10-12, 1:45-5:15
Ages 10-12, 8:30-12:00
Ages 7-9, 1:45-5:15
Ages 5-6, 8:30-11:30
Ages 7-9, 1:45-5:15
Ages 12-15, 9:00-4:00
week 1 of 2 will be held at AU Architecture School & week 2 of 2, location is to be determined for real
hands-on construction project.
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Pay for Sessions
Each additional sibling is a $15 discount.
Or pay by Check
Make checks payable: “Andrews University” | memo: “Ren Kids + child’s name“
Address correspondences to Attn: Mark Moreno, Director of Renaissance Kids
Andrews Univ., Architecture Building 8435 East Campus Circle Drive, Berrien Springs, MI 49104
Renaissance Kids aspires to provide a fun array of creative hands-on projects through which children learn together about the architecture of cities, buildings and places. All activities center on gaining understanding of people, history, culture, sustainability, design concepts, the architect’s tools, construction, materials and more!
Ages 5-6. Each year the students tackle new projects to challenge and expand creativity with practical results that add beauty and pride to the community.
Ages 7-9. Each year the students tackle new projects to challenge and expand creativity with practical results that add beauty and pride to the community.
Director, Renaissance Kids
p: (269) 471-6398
Ages 10-12. Each year the students tackle new projects to challenge and expand creativity with practical results that add beauty and pride to the community.
Ages 12-15. Each year the students tackle new projects to challenge and expand creativity with practical results that add beauty and pride to the community.