Easel-Bench project creates outdoor classroom for Miami magnet school

Posted by Julie McClure on 6/19/13 9:07 AM  |  1 min read time

Students attending The South Miami K-8 Center Expressive Arts Magnet have a new space in which to learn and create thanks to a community outreach partnership by FIU Landscape Architecture, Studio Roberto Rovira, and Vectorworks software. Called the Easel-Bench Courtyard, the project transformed an outdoor space at the art, music, dance, and drama school with new furnishings, including four benches that function as easels and worktables for various mixed-media exercises, plein-air painting, and portrait drawing. The design doubles the classroom space and facilitates arts education that engages the outdoor environment.

More than 60 students, 15 parents, and teachers lent their time and talents to the project, which was designed by Roberto Rovira, a long-time Vectorworks user, and associate professor and chair of the Landscape Architecture Department at Florida International University’s (FIU) College of Architecture + the Arts. Rovira led the project in partnership with FIU’s ASLA Student Chapter and the magnet school.

“The beauty of the Easel-Bench Courtyard project is that we were able to share the entire design process with kindergarten through eighth grade students and teachers from sketch to finish,” says Rovira. “I showed them how easy it was to use Vectorworks to design and output drawings for automated cutting equipment, and I look forward to having more students see the advantages of using Vectorworks in the creative process—for both construction documentation and as a way to make their designs installation-ready.”

Click here to see more images from this exciting project!

Topics: Easel-Bench Courtyard, Education, Florida International University, Roberto Rovira, Studio Roberto Rovira, Community, FIU ASLA Student Chapter, FIU Landscape Architecture, Landmark, Landscape, Project Highlight, The South Miami K-8 Center Expressive Arts Magnet

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