SCAD Educator Forum workshops

2018 workshops

Design Thinking for Educators

Participants will gain an understanding of the methods and processes used in design. These methods can be used to overcome many types of challenges in education, including but not limited to: Creating an innovative lecture delivery, stimulating creativity in the classroom, fostering cross-curricular collaboration, redefining classroom spaces, and more. Businesses, social entrepreneurs and other innovators have used these methods for decades to create solutions for many different types of challenges.


Through demonstrations, class work and professional examples, students explore many aspects of fashion illustration, including basic fashion figures, and white and color garment illustrations. Participants will select one of their own illustrations for the closing exhibition.

Interior Design

Texture and patterning play an important role in the field of interior design. Various texture and patterns and their arrangement will directly affect how we perceive the luxury of a spatial environment. In this workshop, educators will be introduced to various contemporary techniques in customizing and designing different textures, patterns, and eventually using these pieces to wrap around a space to create a specific mood and atmosphere. Educators will be exploring with sketching, drawings, digital modeling and digital imagery.

Lettering and Font Design

This workshop provides participants with the ability to transform their own handwriting into a fully functional smart font that would use contextual substitution scripts to replace any repeating letters with slight variants so that it appears to look like real handwriting. This is divided into a lettering exercise where students develop samples, a digital exercise where students learn how to efficiently use technology to turn these lettering samples into digital forms, and a programming exercise where students learn how to create pseudo-randomness in programming the function font.

Mathematics x Art and Design

This workshop will introduce the connections between mathematics (with a concentration on geometry) and art and design, from ancient to modern times. Participants will learn how the two meet and help each other to develop different methods and ideas. Participants will gain experiences on different ways to design and construct geometric objects, with the understanding and use of ancient and modern mathematical concepts and methods. Topics include but are not limited to: golden ratio, fractals, tessellations and the infamous Rubik’s cube.

Oil Painting

Participants will learn the basics of sight measuring, linear drawing, color theory, and traditional oil painting techniques such as underpainting, grisaille, alla prima, glazing and fat over lean to render the still life.

Social Media

Participants will explore history and theories of social media, study how artists and designers in different fields use social media, gain hands-on experience with a wide variety of digital tools that are useful for a successful creative career, and gain insights on how social media influence us on a day-to-day basis.

2018 workshops

Animating Light Art

Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A little coding, a little digital fabrication, a whole lot of fun. In this hands-on class, participants create a custom LED sign by choosing the colors and patterns of light and how they change with Arduino, an affordable hardware and free software platform that makes it easy to work with electronics. No prior experience is needed.

Art as Protest

Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This workshop examines printmaking, posters and installation as forms of social expression. Participants explore monotypes, digital font and color generators, and contemporary installation as entry points for their students to positively and artistically express their personal feelings about current social issues.

Back to the Darkroom

Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The darkroom is an exciting playground for those who did not experience photography before the digital wave. In recent years, artists have reshaped creative approaches to photography’s traditional materials and processes. Participants explore new and forgotten possibilities within analog photography.

Bringing Branding to Life

Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This workshop helps educators understand the creative process and design thinking. Participants examine visual communication content of major brands and learn how the companies have maintained design relevance. After observing this visual communication, participants think like designers to create their own concepts using resources from the SCAD Jen Library and the city of Savannah. Participants need a smartphone to download the Adobe Clip app.


Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Humans have translated the world into simplified characters and stories since the Lascaux cave paintings. Explore the history of cartoon art, contemporary examples and outlets, and try your hand at creating humorous and satirical cartoon illustrations. This workshop dives into the art of cartooning and dissects the immediacy, humor and sometimes irreverent nature of cartoon drawing that has led to its commercial and critical success in the political and editorial realms.

Color, Textiles and the Natural World

Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This workshop examines the world of natural dyes by using locally harvested plant material to produce color on textiles. Participants conduct hands-on, practice-based research at the SCAD community garden and in the studio with a focus on dye chemistry, historic uses of natural color for textiles and contemporary practice within design, fine art and studio production. Participants leave with a detailed research book for producing local colors, scientific recipes and experiments to replicate in their classrooms, and resources to expand into project-based learning.

Comic Book Character Design

Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Invent the next great superhero, graphic memoir or young adult graphic novel with the fundamentals of comic book design from this workshop. Participants learn the basics of character design, along with step-by-step examples of tools and tricks to take back to their students.

Create Contemporary Clay Animals with Loads of Character

Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Engage your creative side and learn innovative hand-building methods to create your own amazing, anthropomorphic animals using the Patz Process Ceramic Technique. Participants learn hands-on, straightforward techniques from artists Patz Fowle and Mike Fowle to lead educational clay sessions that are stress-free and mess-free.

Creative Costuming: No Sewing Needed

Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Participants design a variety of costumes with Janet Edewaard, a creative costume designer and author of "Costumes A-Plenty." From historical figures to animals, Edewaard's ideas are easy to create, requiring only fabric and a hot-glue gun.

Critiques and Critical Thinking

Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Through lecture, discussion and roleplay, participants examine how to structure discussions, use critiques to enhance projects, and the three basic kinds of feedback. Understanding these principles is key to developing the ability to react and use feedback to improve work. Participants also examine the four essential steps of a typical critique and what key questions to ask to move a project forward.

Diving into Virtual Reality

Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Participants are introduced to virtual reality and its impact on a wide range of industries. Participants experience VR with the Oculus Rift and explore exciting creative applications as they learn to create a simple 360 project using Gear 360 Cameras and stitching and editing techniques.

Drawing the Not-So Still Life

Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In this workshop, participants concentrate on the methods to create visually and intellectually stirring still-life art. Utilizing both additive and subtractive drawing, participants focus on value drawing to highlight the edge, form and space of their dynamic compositions.

Enhancing Your Professional Creativity

Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Teaching requires a great deal of creativity, yet much of the creativity in the classroom goes unnoticed. A common language to talk about creativity opens avenues to share creative experiences in the classroom. Participants develop a structured way of thinking about their own creativity based on a rudimentary theoretical distinction between ideation and execution, and engage in individual and group activities designed to increase awareness of their own creative process. Participants create a take-home manual on how to be their most creative selves.

Entrepreneurship: Agility, Resilience and Perception

Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This workshop explores how to bring entrepreneurial concepts into the classroom. Participants learn effective small-business strategies — including the importance of knowing a customer's needs, strategic choices, and how to experiment, learn and pivot — and ways to apply them in learning experiences.

Fundraising Strategies for Educators

Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

As today's institutional budgets tighten, educators must often locate the funds to maintain or grow their programs. This workshop introduces strategies to identify funding opportunities and techniques for applying for outside funding, including individual appeals, crowdfunding and grant-writing. Designed for fundraising at the institutional level, the workshop presents tools to begin building a strong internal infrastructure to improve overall fundraising results.

Graphic Design: Imaginative Problem-Solving

Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This workshop explores the ideation phases of the graphic design process. Whether a design challenge is of a commercial nature or for a social issue or cause, the process is the same. Through lectures, demonstrations and class exercises, participants are introduced to professional design processes in imaginative problem-solving. Along the way, participants make discoveries about graphic design’s role in shaping a story and creating a dialogue, regardless of the medium, and learning how visual communication must be structured and adapted for specific targeted audiences.

History in 3-D

Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

On a walking tour through Savannah's historic district, participants are introduced to six different time periods reflected in the city, seen through the span of architecture, from colonial to modern styles. Participants determine the time period by identifying shared characteristics and living architecture features. Following a lunch break, participants are provided with materials, drawings and tools to construct a 3-D puzzle cube with wooden cubes faced with segmented drawings of the six architectural examples.

Introduction to Coding in the Classroom

Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Find out how to get started in creative coding. Participants begin with single lines of code to draw simple shapes, then add interactivity. This workshop uses the free software Processing to create interactive, generative art applications that can also be displayed on the web. No prior experience in coding is needed.

Introduction to Game Design

Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This workshop explores character and simple environmental design for a templated 2-D platform system. Participants create and animate a main character, background and a variety of simple assets. All artwork is imported into the template for a live performance preview.

Kinetic Sculpture

Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Create a sculpture alive with visual impact and motion in this hands-on workshop. Professional sculptors Patz Fowle and Mike Fowle guide participants through the visualization, design and fabrication skills needed to create a mixed media kinetic sculpture that is intimate in scale and big on innovation.

Leather Mask Making

Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Learn traditional leatherworking skills to complete a custom leather mask. You will discover 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.

Manga Studio: An Economical Alternative to Adobe Photoshop

Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Participants explore the Manga Studio software, a program created specifically for comic book artists and illustrators, and learn how to use drawing tools, perspective rulers and layer functions as they create a two-point perspective drawing. Instructors discuss how the program can be used in the classroom to introduce students to the rules of perspective. The affordable Manga Studio — under $30 for educators and students — has the same creative capabilities as Adobe Photoshop and additional tools, such as 3-D mannequins, that can be used to enhance speed of compositions.

Motion Media Design

Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This workshop explores the world of motion graphics and the booming motion media industry. Participants are introduced to Adobe After Effects software and use the program to animate a series of projects. Instructors lead a short, group exercise to demonstrate creative collaborative practice in a classroom setting and share techniques that are directly applicable to your students' portfolio development. Participants are also provided with a list of useful and free resources for motion designers and students.

New Gesture: Scribbling and Jabbing

Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Looking for fun ways to introduce your students to gesture drawing or extend their gesture drawing skills into a new territory? Experiment with scribbling and jabbing to loosen up gestures and create exciting, expressive drawings. Participants use Sharpie type pens and Conté pencils on Bristol or colored paper to create their drawings.

Painting with Drawing Materials

Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Participants create a life-size portrait from observation using PanPastels and charcoal pencils. Specific processes relating to the materials, observational drawing, and anatomy are discussed and demonstrated.

Traditional Hand Leatherworking

Wednessday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Learn traditional leatherworking skills to complete a belt and wallet. We'll learn how to engrave/tool the leather for custom designs, dyeing and finishing the leather in various ways, following and cutting accessories patterns, and traditional hand saddle stitching methods.

Unique Portraits: Deconstruction on Mylar

Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Participants use provided photo portraits or their own self-portraits to build a high contrast charcoal and/or Conté drawing on Mylar. Participants finish the project by using an eraser to "deconstruct" the drawing, creating an exciting and unique portrait.


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P.O. Box 2072
Savannah, GA 31402
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