SCAD Educator Forum workshops

2016 Workshops (2017 workshops will be available in February)

Space as Installation

Capture attention, intrigue and interest while having the power to influence behavior and mood. Interior design, like all forms of design, is a matter of creative problem-solving. Installation art does the same on a different scale. Aspiring designers must be able to move effortlessly between different scales, on a conceptual level as well as a practical level, to create a cohesive, impactful space that is both aesthetically pleasing and functional. In this workshop, you will develop a conceptual spatial installation that provides the literal and figurative space to explore ideas and solutions that challenge existing skill sets.

Illustrating the Edible

Go on a delicious adventure with multidisciplined illustration professor Xavier Pick to explore the practical and historical understanding of food and art. Participants will leave after the two-day forum with a sketchbook journal rich in content and beautifully rendered drawings through a detailed schedule of activities on and off campus. All levels of drawing skill are welcome.

Design Thinking for Educators

Gain a better understanding of the methods and processes used in design. These methods can be used to overcome many types of challenges in education, which include the ability to foster cross-curricular collaboration, create an innovative lecture delivery, stimulate creativity in the classroom and redefine classroom spaces. Businesses, social entrepreneurs and other innovators have used these methods for decades to create solutions for many different types of challenges. 

Interface Design

Uncover the secret weapons of the user interface designers, explore their design processes and understand their challenges. By deconstructing the great Web and mobile interface designs, you will learn how to sketch out design solutions to real-world problems, define design goals, organize and prioritize diverse types of content, design navigation and user interfaces, create high-fidelity wireframes, and build an interactive prototype using HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

Crafting for Spirituality: A Pedagogic Project

Join motion media design professor Alvin Chen's workshop series to deepen your knowledge of artistic, cultural and technical aspects associated with digital sculpting using Maya and Mudbox. Explore character design and concept imagery through speed sculpting while integrating historic sculptures, decorations and motifs.

The Cyanotype as Evidentiary Storyteller

Apply the cyanotype process as a way to provide evidentiary imagery within a preconceived narrative structure. This will take the form of handmade books and/or three-dimensional works on paper. The cyanotype is one of the simplest photographic techniques as well as one of the oldest. How the photographic image functions as a visual tool for storytelling tool will be stressed along with various linear and nonlinear forms of the handmade book.

Photoshop as a Creative Tool

Utilize Photoshop as a manipulation tool in reaction to photography's inherent ability to visually represent, fragment and deconstruct the concept of time within a two-dimensional image. Forms of collage and image harvesting will be explored alongside digital image capture techniques that use both cameras and scanning technology. The workshop will result in a series of printed images that represent the combination of technique and concept explored by each participant.

Mathematics x Art and Design

Connect mathematics and art and design. Learn how the two meet in order to develop different methods and ideas. You will design and construct geometric objects, with the understanding and use of ancient and modern mathematical concepts and methods. Topics include golden ratio, fractals, tessellations and Rubik's cube.

The Myth Formula

Introduce storytelling and creative writing strategies into your classroom. In the first part of the workshop, we will look at how Joseph Campbell's monomyth formula can be used to analyze and compose stories. Apart from working with archetypical plotline, you will also be familiarized with several main archetypical characters and the possible ways of incorporating them in classroom activities. The second part of the workshop will focus on storytelling techniques that aid memorization and individual or group presentations. These can also be used as great ice breakers or warmup activities that encourage participation in students who normally are reluctant to speak in class.

* More workshops are being confirmed and will be posted as soon as possible.

2016 Workshops (2017 workshops will be available in February)

3-D Printing: Designing for the Future

Introduce 3-D printing technology to your classroom. This workshop will provide an overview of the exciting technology and resources you can use to incorporate 3-D design into your lesson plans. The workshop will start sample projects that will make it easy for you and your students to jump right in, regardless of your previous software skills. Experience in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and 3-D software of your choice (AutoCAD, Maya, Blender, Cinema 4D, SketchUp, Rhino, SolidWorks, etc.) is recommended but not required.

Cultivating Community in the Classroom

Explore the relationship between learning outcomes and classroom culture. Collaborative activities and creative problem-solving are emphasized within a series of strategies focused on five key themes: spatial setup, co-creation, engaging empathy, rituals and routines, and the student-led classroom. You will learn how to tailor concepts for different courses and student groups and will leave with a set of tools and techniques to maximize learning outcomes.

Deconstructing Portraits

Create a series of portraits using charcoal and conte on mylar. Working from photographs, you will draw and deconstruct portraits, including your own, by using heavy erasing and smearing to make creative and expressive works of art.

Digital Structures

Expand the limits of technology through innovative design strategies. Exploring the dynamic relationship between material and structure, you will utilize Rhino software and laser-cutting technology to transform ridged planer materials into pliable 3-D surfaces. Requirements: basic knowledge of creative suites (Photoshop or Illustrator).

Digital Surface

Work with a digital fabric printer to design and print samples that can be used in a variety of ways, and study technical considerations and design possibilities. Requirements: basic knowledge of creative suites (Photoshop or Illustrator).

Drawing the Not-So Still Life

Challenge your drawing process to create visually and intellectually stirring still life art. In this workshop, the still life you build and draw will be constructed with interesting visual and symbolic subject matter that juxtapose the appearance of objects with intellectual layers. The drawing process establishes a strong value statement that determines emphasis and composition to develop a drawing that is visually exciting and rewarding to the viewer. The class will discuss and examine the historical precedent and contribution of still life through slide presentations with studio emphasis.

Encaustic Painting

Discover the ancient art of encaustic painting and learn how it can be introduced safely and authentically into the classroom. Participants will learn basic cost-saving methods for making encaustic medium and adding pigmentation. Through demonstration, you will be walked through various techniques of fusing, incising and embedding into encaustic. You will create three small encaustic paintings utilizing the various techniques presented.

Environment as Character

Illustrate your story's setting through captivating prose. In dramatic writing, the personal essay and poetry, environment is often neglected as a principal character. With examples from film, literature, the personal essay and the stage, you will explore how environment is central to theme, characterization, narrative and image. Through discussion and personal writing, the workshop will examine the uses of environment in our own lives.

Exploring Temperature in Portraiture

Use cool and warm tones to create expressive, realistic-style portraiture. In this workshop, participants will observe a live model and learn traditional methods of drawing and shading. The techniques you will learn in this workshop will push your students' drawing skills to a more sophisticated level.

Expressive Ceramic Surfaces

Bring the art of visual storytelling into the third dimension by using photographic, printing and drawing techniques on clay surfaces. You will explore the possibilities of including narrative images on ceramic projects and make projects that use techniques for both wet clay and already fired pieces. Additional lesson plan ideas and resources will be given out as part of the workshop.

Fashion Sketching and Illustration Workshop

Teach students how fashion designers approach the figure as well as different sketching mediums in order to best communicate their design ideas in 2-D format.

How to Paint and Sing with Language

Discover one of the best tools for writers: the Great American Songbook. The songbook teaches exercises in immediacy of intention, how to paint and sing with language, and understanding what diction means through written work and discussion. Writing not only conveys ideas and characters, but also becomes, through choice of words, the very blood, rhythm, color, dance and tone of the event. Whatever you write — essays, screenplays, poetry, blogs — your relationship with the reader and viewer depends upon intention, tone and immediacy.

Layer with Mixed Media

Using traditional as well as nontraditional materials, you will be encouraged to use your unique style, talent and interests to explore the boundaries between drawing, painting and collage.

Learn to Look: A Museum in Your Classroom

Invigorate your teaching and expose your students to great works of art. This workshop will present an in-depth exploration and application of museum-quality resources to support a variety of classroom projects. It will also include tutorials on interpreting art and the chance to apply those skills to the collections at the SCAD Museum of Art during behind-the-scenes viewing sessions.

Leather Mask Making

Learn traditional leatherworking skills to complete a custom leather mask. You'll learn how to wet mold the leather around a form, engrave and tool the leather for custom designs, dye and finish the leather, and set rivets, snaps and fasteners to complete the wearable mask.

Make a Minion in Maya

Discover the basics of 3-D character creation. You will have the opportunity to work in 3-D software and learn the basics of modeling, texturing, lighting and rendering by making your own minion.

Making Faces

Gain lesson plans and resources for future ceramic projects. Learn some easy techniques to make human and animal faces and figures in clay. Create your own finished ceramic face or figure and learn modeling techniques, methods to show expressions and ways to include textures.

Mimicking Nature in Glass and Metal

Be inspired by the simple forms found in the natural world and create an enameled piece that mimics the subtlety of color and texture. You will explore various enameling processes and learn how to expressively manipulate metal to create wearable art.

The Great Poster Tradition

Come face to face with the revolutionary concepts of poster design, as well as real-life production techniques in both traditional and new contexts. Through classroom instruction, augmented reality and the Adobe Creative Suite, you will learn to communicate meaningful messages through the poster medium.

The Pop-up Gallery and Collaborative Studio

Engage in the concept of the pop-up gallery and collaborative studio as a teaching opportunity for the exhibition and presentation aspects of art making. A current working initiative will be used as a model, employing a program that educates participants on the discipline of organizing, planning, producing, exhibiting and presenting a body of work for a group or solo exhibition.

Traditional Hand Leatherworking

Learn traditional leatherworking skills to complete your own custom belt and wallet. You'll study how to engrave and tool the leather for custom designs, as well as dye and finish the leather. Follow and cut accessories patterns, and learn traditional hand saddle stitching methods.

The Traveling Sketchbook

Create a souvenir travel sketchbook of unique Savannah scenes using water-soluble graphite and color pencils. You will explore Forsyth Park and other Savannah landmarks to build a series of four to eight sketches of city squares and landmarks including both interior and exterior scenes.

Developing Design

Uncover the basic processes of an industrial designer, from product ideation to a 3-D form. In this workshop, you will focus on the design phases, research, development and communication, through hands-on activities and product development.

Building Savannah: 3-D Puzzle

See Savannah as a living, breathing testament to 283 years of history. Today, Savannah is one of the largest historic landmark districts in the country with 22 of the original 24 squares still providing an urban oasis for its citizens and tourists alike. On the first day of the workshop, you will go on a professor-led walking and be introduced to six different time periods of the Georgia Colony, as seen in the architecture of the times, from Colonial to modern. On the second day, participants will construct a 3-D puzzle cube that will illustrate one distinct architectural style on each of the six planes of the cube. Participants will be equipped with six cards with identifying features, principal subtypes, variants and details associated with each of the six styles.

I Second That Emotion 

Make the right choice in communication. Translating expression requires specific choices that the receiving audience understands. How we make these decisions must be based on the content and the audience as receiver, and determining the appropriate option requires greater understanding of the message. Seasoned designers instinctively make those choices every day. In this workshop, you will be prompted with a specific emotion to convey and visually express that same emotion. You will use a variety of mediums to make this expression including color, type and printmaking.

Different Strokes for Different Folks 

Design promotional pieces that appeal to different demographics. How you use objects and how you determine their value can vary based on your specific demographic. You will create two promotional concepts around the same product, with different demographics targeted in each. Multiple mediums will be used to create these including color, type and printmaking.

Introduction to Digital Fabrication 

Walk through the digital fabrication process step by step. This workshop will provide an overview and instruction on the laser cutter, engraver and the large CNC machine. You will learn about the entire process, from digital file creation on the computer to an actual built version of that design. No prior 3-D modeling or digital fabrication experience required.

Introduction to Photoshop

Navigate your way around Photoshop with ease and gain hands-on practice manipulating and composing images. Use layering and masking techniques, and explore special effect filters. This workshop is for individuals completely new to Photoshop and will provide an overview of the concepts and skills to use Adobe Photoshop effectively.


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292 Tai Po Road
Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong

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P.O. Box 2072
Savannah, GA 31402
912.525.5162 or 800.869.7223


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