Art & Design Thinking Camp:

Art & Design Thinking Camp:

A STEAM focused, project based summer program for middle school students

The Art & Design Thinking Camp is an adventure in making and imagining. This project-based camp engages students in exploring design thinking processes, visual art and digital tools.  Students participate in multiple projects learning 3D design, digital photography, movie editing, clay modeling, circuitry, pattern design, and more. Students document their own learning, discovery and synthesis of design thinking in Maker Journals (for projects) and their explorations in Tinker Journals. Students provide program feedback through daily and weekly surveys, as well as through project presentations and critiques.

Each weekly workshop has multiple activities and projects that engage students in brainstorming, team building, project design, project planning and implementation, team project presentations, peer reviews & critiquing, as well as team and self-evaluation. The activities introduce students to design thinking skills, while also providing the opportunity to practice and enhance their academic skills (all camp activities are aligned to the Common Core Standards). On the last day of each week there is a Student Showcase where student work is presented to family members, design professionals, artists, and other guests who view projects and provide comments/critiques.

The camp operates Monday – Friday, from 9:00am to 3pm daily.
Lunch and snacks are provided.

The Art & Design Thinking Camp was the 2016 Microsoft/KCI Innovation Award Grand Prize winner for innovative programming, and is listed on Stanford’s d.school Design Thinking in Schools K12 website.

Summer 2017

The Summer 2017 camp will be at San Antonio Elementary School. The weekly themes are:

Week 1 (June 26 – 30): Art & the Environment
Mini Week (July 5th - 7th): Engineering for your Environment
Week 2 (July 10 – 14): Hands on Quirkbot
Week 3 (July 17 – 21): Visual Storytelling
Week 4 (July 24 – 28): Animated Film Making
Week 5 (July 31 – August 4): Fantasy Character Design
Week 6 (August 7 – 11): Design Your World

Visit the camp website for detailed information about the weekly activities, staff, and registration: http://artanddesigncamp.weebly.com

Summer 2015

The 2015 Summer program was at Renaissance Academy at Mathson Middle School, from June 22nd through July 31, 2015. Campers explored the following themes:

Week 1 - Video Game Design
Week 2 - Design your World
Week 3 - LEGO Robotics
Week 4 - Fantasy Character Design
Week 5 - Vehicle Design Challenge
Week 6 - Adventures in Circuitry

The students and staff had a GREAT Summer!

Visit the Camp Website for additional information and to view pictures of the campers in action.

The 2015 camp received Financial Support from:
The City of San Jose’s Safe Summer Initiative Grant Program, San Jose’s Office of Cultural Affairs, and individual donors.

As well as In-Kind Donations from:
The Alum Rock Union Elementary School District; Krause Center for Innovation (KCI); Okada Design; Mentor Graphics, Cliff Bar; Arlene Illa, Kim Mesa; Dennis Chan; and Alyssa Winans.

Summer 2014

The 2014 camp was at Renaissance Academy at Mathson Middle School June 30 to August 8, 2014. Click here to view the 2014 ADTC Report

Campers explored the following themes:
Week 1 - Toy Design & the Art of Games
Week 2 - Stop Motion Animation (short films)
Week 3 - Pattern Deisgn
Week 4 - Designing Your World
Week 5 - Public Space Design
Week 6 - Traditional Art With a Technology Spin

The 2014 camp received Financial Support from:
The San Jose’s Office of Cultural Affairs: the City of San Jose’s Safe Summer Initiative Grant Program; Donor Circle of the Arts, a donor advised fund of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation; and Youth Connections Foundation of San Jose.

As well as In-Kind Donations from:
The Alum Rock Union Elementary School District; Krause Center for Innovation (KCI); Okada Design; Artist Michele Guieu; Mentor Graphics, Cliff Bar; Hal Rucker; Arlene Illa, Dr. Christian Page and David Okada - Retired Senior Vice President at Mattel Toys

Visit the 2014 camp website at: https://sites.google.com/site/artdesigncamp2014/

Summer 2013

The Art & Design Thinking Camp Pilot Program
Mayfair Community Center, July 1st to 5th, 2013 (no class on July 4th).

Campers explored paper-making, automata, circuitry, solar energy and much more, all in the context of public art and public community spaces.  Students also explored art techniques, public art projects, and documented their own learning, discovery and synthesis of design thinking.  Program evaluation and student feedback informed the curriculum design of the 6-week summer program.

The 2013 Summer Camp received Financial Support from the City of San Jose’s Safe Summer Initiative Program.

Visit the 2013 camp website at: https://sites.google.com/site/artanddesignthinkingcamp/


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