Treehouse Architecture & Tiny Towns



Available online throughout 2021

In these workshops, you can design and build everything from your very own wooden treehouse to ships, miners' cottages and Melbourne mansions! You will be given a variety of natural and recycled materials to transform with your imagination.

Anything is possible – solar-powered roller coasters, clockwork time machines, multi-headed giant chickens. Do you want a triple spiral staircase or a bottomless sandpit? If you can dream it, you can build it!

These workshops are delivered online – you may even work with the artist from inside their own treehouse!

Materials are provided direclty to the school.


Workshop 1A:  TreeHouse Architecture (90 minute workshop) F-2

Have you ever read the Magic Far Away Tree or Andy Griffin’s 13-Storey Tree House? Well, in this workshop you are going to design and build your very own miniature wooden treehouse, as well as the equipment you need for adventures inside. You will be given a variety of natural materials including some recycled timber.

Anything is possible – turrets, helipads, moats filled with ravenous piranhas - and that’s just the outside...

Inside is where the fun really starts. Do you want a triple spiral staircase or an ocean of molten chocolate? A multi-dimensional time travel portal or antigravity footy field? If you can imagine it, you can built it! You’ll also learn how to make your treehouse strong enough to pass the deadly earth tremor test.


Workshop 1B:  TreeHouse Architecture (90 minute workshop) year 3- 9

First, you will construct the frame from a pre-drilled base and a pre-cut tree trunks. After this is done, you will assemble the floors from the treehouse flat-pack, add your walls and put on a roof. Once you've got the frame built you get to explore your design skills with furniture, flooring, wallpaper, and window placement.

Once you’re happy with the first design phase you make wire ladders, simple machines like levers and pullies that lift visitors up to the top level of the treehouse where your catapult could sit. Finally, your design must pass the earth-tremor test. To receive your Certificate of Compliance your walls, roof, and floor must be sturdy with just the right level of support.

Then after phases 1 and 2 are complete you can populate the treehouse with quirky characters from your favourite books. Using wire, beads, paper and fabric, you can set the scene from writing retreat to studio workshop. 

As an added extra, you could bring along an iPod to create a short film using your treehouse and original characters invented by you.


Workshop 2: Tiny towns  Foundation- to year 4 (90 minutes)

These projects are open ended and can come with several add-ons.

Tall Ship: This project allows students to paint and design their own boats. Using French watercolour paper for the sails, students could create their own fleet that represents the heritage of their interests.

Miners’ Cottage: Create a minor’s cottage and use your imagination to create your own design using colour and mixed materials.

Mansion:  This two-story reproduction double fronted victorian celebrates the architecture around the suburbs surrounding inner Melbourne. Adding your own watercolour paint is a great way to explore light, tone and texture and play with the shapes.

Ideal for: Tree House Architecture Years F-9, Tiny Towns Years F-2

Curriculum Links: Design & Technologies, The Arts - Visual Arts, 

Capabilities: Critical & Creative Thinking, Ethical 


Create a mini treehouse out of recycled materials or design your own Tinytown with a variety of buildings and boats!

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Metro: 27th Jan 2021 to 17th Dec 2021
Regional: 27th Jan 2021 to 17th Dec 2021

The Furals
Duration: 100 or 120 minutes
Artform: Multi Art-form
Cost: Additional fee per head for materials + postage to be passed on to school
Minimum fee: $300 + GST
Suitability: prep, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6
Terms: Term 1, Term 2, Term 3, Term 4
Maximum Student Attendance: 25