What a great idea; cooking and architecture! How about buying graham crackers and using them as the base. Then buy or make royal icing as glue. Buy different candies for architectural elements; sticks, column, spheres, etc. Have the kids create a 'facade' of a building style. If you are really adventurous, have them do a complete standing building. Build these on cardboard sheets covered with wax paper or aluminum foil. If you are using icing in tubes, the kids could create scroll work with the icing on wax paper and then 'glue' it to the buildings with royal icing.
If all of this is outside of your budget, you can ask the kids to bring either a bag of candy or a tube of icing and then share. Take a tour of the candy isle and let your architectural creativity run wild.
It would be worth buying a box of disposible gloves for the kids, and maybe dress them in aprons.
From: Mark Alexander [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, May 13, 2002 10:21 AM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: Baking Architecture Recipies
Does anyone have any ideas combining architecture and baking?
My 8th graders need to complete an architecture unit, to meet the curriculum. I've introduced them to the three architecture orders of the golden age of Greece, and we've done a photo trip through our town looking at the Greek revival arcitecture, and we've discussed how the ancient Greek architecture has influenced our local architecture.
A large group of 8th graders wants to do a "Art Cooking" project (we have a full size kitchen range in the artroom, and a small fridge) I thought it might be fun to combine cooking with architecture.
Ideas I have not yet boiled down: architectural details in gingerbread, gingerbread houses, etc?
Any other ideas?
Thanks in advance, Mark (who can cook, but isn't a baker)