Can Your 4 Year Old Make Google SketchUp Masterpieces?

4 year-old Jed's Masterpieces. via bleuscape.

According to his Architect Dad, Anthony Rigg, 4-year old Jed is no prodigy. He just really likes playing with blocks.

So when he showed his son how to use Google SketchUp (3D) for the first time, he wasn’t expecting much. He figured that his son, like any 4 year-old, would quickly lose focus and start doing something else.

Half an hour later, Jed was still happily designing away, coming up with these 6 block “mansions.” Dad was “absolutely staggered.” In his words, “I think it is incredible what the unadulterated minds of children can produce.”

Of course, you could take the position that Google SketchUp makes design so easy that even a 4 year-old can do it, but we prefer to think of it as a tool that breaks the barriers making Architecture inaccessible, that lets creativity trump technique, and lets you tap into your inner Jed.

As Picasso once said, “Every child is born an artist. The trouble is remaining an artist when you grow up.”

Thanks to Anthony Rigg of Bleuscape and his precocious son Jed for the tip! 

Cite: Quirk, Vanessa. "Can Your 4 Year Old Make Google SketchUp Masterpieces?" 26 May 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 24 Oct 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=238243>