Middle school students worked with Mentor Trevor McClelland to explore the architecture of tiny homes in Lane Arts Council’s Design Arts Apprenticeship.

Students in the winter term Design Arts Apprenticeship were unable to participate in an in-person showcase due to COVID-19; however, their work is now available online at the Lane Arts Council Facebook Page.

Middle school students worked with mentor Trevor McClelland to explore the architecture of tiny homes – no small feat in its own right. 

“This mentorship session was primarily focused on designing sustainable housing solutions for low-income residents, as we could see the need for these shelters in our community,” he said.  

McClelland took inspiration from a variety of companies making basic shelters, and they discussed those shortcomings. He said they wanted to design something “extremely minimalistic without compromising on comfort and aesthetics.”

They started by sketching their ideas and then made balsa-wood models. 

They took various aspects of each individual design and collaborated on a final project. They made renderings using CAD — an architectural design program — and then framed the structure with 2x4’s.

Learn more about the Design Arts Apprenticeship Program at http://lanearts.org/arts-apprenticeships

Middle school students made renderings on architectural design programs. They wanted to make something “extremely minimalistic without compromising on comfort and aesthetics, ” mentor Trevor McClelland said.