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 will be available for registration in February.

2017 workshops

Belt Making and Leather Working

In this workshop, you will learn the basic characteristics of different leather types and how to apply finishing techniques, including edges, seams and hardware. You will then have the opportunity to apply this knowledge in order to make a few small leather goods, such as a keychain, coin purse, key tray and more.

Bring Brands to Life

Grasp the creative processes brands use to reach the public. Whether the brand includes fashion design, graphic design, luxury management or architecture, ideas are formulated with unique and interesting messages. The workshop will help you gain an understanding of the collaborative process and development of creative concepts that will help make your work relevant and distinctive. In this workshop, you will review visual communication content of major brands to see how these companies have maintained design relevance, and then create your own one- to two-minute visual communication piece. You will need a smartphone in order to download Adobe Clip for this workshop.

Building Savannah: 3-D Puzzle

Savannah is home to one of the largest Historic Landmark Districts in the country, with 22 of the original 24 squares still providing urban oasis for its citizens and tourists alike. On the first day of the workshop, participants will go on a professor-led walking tour through the historic district, introducing them to six different time periods of the Georgian 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, separated into 27 miniature cubes, each faced with segmented drawings of the six buildings. When assembled, the 4.5” cube 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 sub-types, variants, and details associated with each of the six styles.


Explore the history of cartoon art, contemporary examples and outlets, and try your hand at creating several humorous and biting cartoon illustrations. Since the Lascaux cave paintings, there have been attempts to translate the world into simplified characters and stories. This workshop will dive into the art of cartooning, and dissect the immediacy, humor and sometimes irreverent nature of cartoon drawing that has led to the commercial and critical success in the political and editorial realms.

Color, Collage and Collaboration

Practice color theory without mixing paint. Explore collage as a medium for learning color harmonies while fostering creative and conceptual development. You will create thought-provoking images by combining text with the collages, serving as a springboard for class writing exercises or discussion. Collage is a great way to implement art into any lesson with little mess or expense.

Comic Book Character Design

Are you the next great graphic novelist? Comic books are booming, and there's never been a better time to invent the next great superhero, graphic memoir, or young-adult novel. In this workshop, you will learn the fundamentals of character design for comics and graphic novels along with step-by-step examples of tools and tricks to take back to your students.

Create a Lively Kinetic Sculpture

Experience an exciting, hands-on journey where you create a sculpture that is alive with visual impact and motion. Patz Fowle and Mike Fowle, a dynamic duo of professional sculptors, will engage your creative spirit as they enthusiastically guide you through the visualization, design, and fabrication skills needed to create your own mixed media, kinetic sculpture that is intimate in scale and big on innovation.

Creative Collaboration: Facilitating Student Group Development and Success

Discover ideas on how to use groups to teach collaborative communication practices. Topics include group formation, communication style assessments, emergent and assigned roles within groups, and conflict management. Additionally, you will engage in a variety of activities and leave with a plan for implementing these ideas and activities in your own classes.

Creative Costuming: No Sewing Required

Have fun designing a variety of costumes with Janet Edewaard, a creative costume designer and author of "Costumes A-Plenty." With a trip to a secondhand store and a hot-glue gun, you do not have to be an experienced seamstress to create a fabulous costume.

Digital Fabrication

Walk through the entire fabrication process step by step, from digital file creation on the computer to an actual build version of that design. This workshop will provide an overview on the various tools available for digital fabrication, including training on the laser cutter/engraver and the large CNC machine. No prior 3-D modeling or digital fabrication experience required.

Drawing the Not-so Still Life

Challenge your drawing process to create visually and intellectually stirring still-life art. In this workshop, you will concentrate on the methods necessary for keen, observational drawing of still life. Utilizing a process of both additive and subtractive drawing, you will focus on value drawing to explain edge, form and space and contribute to solid, dynamic compositions for an exciting and visually rewarding final product.

Enhancing your Professional Creativity

This workshop will provide participants a structured way of thinking about their own creativity based on a very rudimentary theoretical distinction between ideation and execution. Participations will engage in a number of individual-level and group-level activities designed to increase each participant’s awareness of their own creative process. Each participant will receive a notebook, pens and pencils with which to create their own take-home manual for being creative. Participants will share their manuals with others before taking them home at the close of the event.

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.

Fearless Digital Layout

Bring on those yearbooks, brochures, business cards with your newfound knowledge of Adobe InDesign layout. In this workshop, you will learn how to combine text and image to make the expression you crave. If you can envision it, you can make it.

Foldables (full)

Participants will learn to make multiple foldables of various styles, from folded books and shutter folds to four-door books, tab folds and three-quarter books. When using foldables, students use visual and linguistic intelligences and systematically organize as they learn. Participants will leave with an arsenal of foldables and ideas for their own use.

Grazing Savannah: Generative Design with Rhinoceros and Grasshopper

Participants will learn fundamental principles of working with the visual programming plugin Grasshopper for Rhinoceros. These principles will be applied to a set of parametric and generative exercises that explore the design potential of iterative form. As a result, each participant will have the opportunity to manipulate and 3-D print his or her own design.

How to Paint and Sing with Language

Whatever you write — essays, screenplays, poetry, blogs — your relationship to the reader and viewer depends upon intention, tone and immediacy. An entire body of 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. In this workshop, you will explore why the Great American Songbook is one of the best tools for writers and complete exercises in immediacy of intention, discover how to paint and sing with language and understand what diction means through written work and discussion.

Introducing Coding in the Art Classroom

Learn to code, starting with single lines of code to draw simple shapes, then add interactivity. In this workshop, you will use software called Processing to create interactive generative art that can be displayed on the computer and web, and work with Arduino to program LED strips, giving you and your students the ability to add colorful patterns of light to your projects. Prior experience in coding is not necessary, but attention to detail and a love of math is helpful.

Laser Scanning

Watch and learn how 3-D laser scanning and Structure from Motion can turn buildings and objects into 3-D models. Preservation design professor Chad Keller will explain how this new technology is being used in the field of historic preservation to enhance documentation, visualization and implementation. In this hands-on course, participants will be working directly with technology. Intermediate level of computer experience is required. Participants will need to bring a camera and USB cable.

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 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.

Make Those Pictures Shine

Use Adobe Photoshop to add more tricks to your image tool bag instead of the same standard techniques. In this workshop, you will start with some basic retouching and then move on to tackle image manipulation.

Manga Studio

Discover Manga Studio's drawing tools, perspective rulers and layer functions. This software program was created specifically for comic book artists and illustrators, and has all the creative capabilities of Adobe Photoshop. It also has additional drawing tools that can be used to enhance compositions and speed. In this workshop, you will learn how this program can be used in the classroom to help introduce students to the rules of perspective, and you will create a two-point perspective drawing in Manga Studio.

Modernist Metal: Art to Wear

By investigating forms from earrings to the necklace, this workshop focuses on jewelry and the aesthetics of the Modernist Jewelry Movement. In this workshop, you will learn and apply basic metalworking skills including cold connections, roller printing and forging. Experimentation and exploration of personal iconography will help you with your finished sculptural jewelry work. This workshop is open to all educators; however, basic sawing, filing and hammering skills are helpful.

Motion Graphics and Design Techniques

Explore the world of motion graphics through animating a series of projects and learning about this booming industry. This workshop will provide an introduction to Adobe After Effects software and sample effective animation techniques that are directly applicable to students’ portfolio development. A short group exercise will demonstrate creative collaborative practice in a classroom setting. Educators will be provided with a list of useful (and free) resources for motion designers and students.

Plaster Casting

Dive into the process of creating latex molds that are used for casting decorative plaster pieces. You will mix and pour plaster into molds available in the studio workshop. Your instructor will preface the demonstration with a discussion of the history of the making and use of decorative plaster work.

The Anatomy of the Television Pilot

Why do some shows last and others do not? The answer: the pilot. What is created in the pilot nearly always determines whether a show succeeds. Examples such as the Peabody Award-winning television show, "Switched at Birth," will be used to highlight this workshop's central theme. In this workshop, you will write the treatment for your first television pilot and discover whether you have the next big show idea.

Traditional Hand Leatherworking

Learn traditional leatherworking skills to complete a belt and wallet. Learn how to engrave/tool the leather for custom designs, dye and finish the leather in various ways, follow and cut accessories patterns, and traditional hand saddle-stitching methods.

Trend and Tech

Are you interested in how traditional crafts and technology can work in tandem? In this course, educators will learn how to create simple wearable technologies, a rapidly growing area of interest for designers, makers and engineers. We will experiment with electronic components and conductive materials, create sewn circuits with LED light elements, create soft sensors, and experiment with interactive, high-tech materials like heat-sensitive and light-reactive inks, to create a working wearables product or conceptual piece that integrates one or more of these technologies. Educators will come away with a new knowledge of this area, and have lesson plans and activities that can be introduced to students at the middle and high school levels.


SCAD Educator Forum — Hong Kong
292 Tai Po Road
Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong

SCAD Educator Forum — Savannah
P.O. Box 2072
Savannah, GA 31402
912.525.5162 or 800.869.7223


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