P4J Art (and Design) and ICT – Thursday 14 May

Good afternoon!

I hope you all had fun yesterday!

Charles Rennie Mackintosh

We have been learning a bit about Charles Rennie Mackintosh and have been creating art of our own inspired by his designs.

This week, I’d like you to think about his role as an architect.

What do you think an architect does? What skills do they need to have? Have a look at the clips below to help you answer:

Your task this week is to take on the role of the architect to design your own treehouse.

You will need to think about the following:

  • Who will use the treehouse?
  • What will it be used for?
  • What features will it have?
  • Where will it / could it be built? Why is this a good location?
  • Will it be built in a particular style or have a particular theme?
  • The reason for your design choices; can you explain or justify why you included something in your design?

You should show your ideas in a drawing that should include:

  • labels beside some of the features
  • an outside perspective – what will your tree house look like from the outside
  • an inside perspective
  • a short explanation about the style / theme you chose and who will use the tree house (this doesn’t need to be detailed

If you would like some help making your drawing 3D, you might want to look at the following guide from the RIBA:


(You might just enjoy the activities in the above link anyway. I think I’ll have a go too!)

What do you think Charles Rennie Mackintosh considered when he designed the Willow Tea Rooms in Glasgow?

Find out a bit more about the building to help you think about this.


Having learned about how he designed the interior as well as the exterior of the Tea Rooms, is there anything you would add to your treehouse? For example, Charles Rennie Mackintosh used the name of the street where the tea rooms were built as an inspiration for some of the interior design. How might you do a similar thing with your tree house?


How are your typing skills coming along?

Keep practising! Both hands on the keyboard please!


Have a lovely week!

Mrs Bailey