SCAD Educator Forum workshops

Sample workshops

Animation: Building the Foundations of an Animation Pipeline
Session I: June 21–22, Session II: June 24–25
Journey through the animation pipeline from concept to fully animated short as you build upon the foundations of story creation and character design to transport an audience. Leave with a solid framework for replicating these ideas in your classroom environment and the resources to make it happen.

Creative Business Leadership: Launching and Managing Creative Careers
Session I: June 21–22
Learn the art of personal branding and how to create a career road map. This workshop invites you to explore how to best market yourself to achieve your career goals.

Creative Business Leadership: Leadership Lessons From Media and Pop Culture
Session II: June 24–25
Learn how media and pop culture shape every part of our lives and understand your role in managing how it affects your future.

Creative Business Leadership: Develop an Entrepreneurial Mindset Through Design Thinking
Session III: June 28–29
Discover how to inspire curiosity and apply the principles of design thinking to develop a creative and entrepreneurial mindset.

Creative Thinking: The Other ‘F Word’: Failure and How It Leads to a Creative Mindset
Session I: June 21–22
In the classroom or studio, one of the most paralyzing fears students have is the fear of failure. Watching a thrown pot topple over on the wheel or over-working a promising drawing can be devastating to the creative confidence of a student. How can we help students overcome the setback and view it as a step forward in the creative process? This workshop explores methods and creative strategies to build resilience and restore creative confidence. Take home practical, hands-on projects and exercises that reframe failure as a reset rather than an end.

Drawing: Making Still Lives Less Stilted!
Session II: June 24–25
Yet another fruit bowl? Many drawing students get tired of drawing still life after still life. Students need to draw from observation, but it doesn’t have to be boring. Learn about setting up and drawing still lives that captivate students and engage them in creative thinking as well as technical skills such as composition, textures, value, and media.

Drawing: Painting With Drawing Materials
Session I: June 21–22, Session II: June 24–25, Session III: June 28–29
Create a life-size portrait from observation using PanPastels and charcoal pencils. Learn specific processes relating to the materials, observational drawing, and anatomy through discussion and demonstration.

Fibers: Embellished Surfaces
Session III: June 28–29
By integrating embellishment techniques with a variety of materials, students in this course create experimental textile samples exploring additive, manipulative, and subtractive surfaces. Both contemporary and historic techniques are introduced, from freehand machine embroidery to needle lace, thermoforming polyester materials with smocking, pleating, and gathering, as well as deconstruction methods such as reverse applique, devore, and slashing are covered.

Fibers: Natural Dye
Session I: June 21–22, Session II: June 24–25
Investigate locally harvested plant material to produce color on textiles as you explore the world of natural dyeing. Hands-on, practice-based research is conducted in both the SCAD community garden and the studio with a focus on dye chemistry, historic uses of natural color for textiles, and contemporary practice within a design, fine art, and studio production context. At the end of the session, carry home your detailed research book for producing local colors, scientific recipes, and experiments for replicating in the classroom environment as well as resources for expanding into project-based learning.

Foundation Studies: Inventing Environments
Session I: June 21–22, Session II: June 24–25, Session III: June 28–29
Explore the possibilities of background environments and how they can be encouraged through specific assignments. Through step-by-step instruction and hands-on exercises, learn several perspective techniques that give students the tools and confidence to draw believable environments from their imagination, including one-, two-, and three-point perspective; constructing a grid with vanishing points outside of the picture plane; and navigating multiple vanishing points within a single composition. Take home a digital and/or hard copy set of step-by-step instructions for each perspective grid, textbook recommendations, and curriculum for accompanying sketchbook exercises and drawing assignments.

Illustration: Perspective Made Easy and Fun!
Session I: June 21–22
Comic artists, illustrators, game designers, and animators must be able to create images that accurately convey space, dimension, and form. Perspective is often considered a daunting subject, filled with dry and highly technical rules. Understand the principles of perspective through a series of fun and easy-to-understand exercises. During this workshop, you can also become acquainted with several inexpensive software programs that eliminate the need for rulers.

Jewelry: Wearable Art
Session I: June 21–22, Session II: June 24–25, Session III: June 28–29
This beginner-friendly workshop invites you to create a pendant with vitreous enamel on copper set in a bezel setting. Along the way, gain several new jewelry techniques, including enameling, sawing, silver soldering, wire construction, metal texturing, patina, and bezel setting. No experience required.

Liberal Arts: Paying Attention to Our Thinking: Mindfulness and a Growth Mindset
Session III: June 28–29
The power of our mind to affect our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors continues to astound cognitive psychologists. In this workshop, we review work on mindfulness from Harvard professor Ellen Langer, gain insights on the meaning we associate with our experiences from Harvard professor Chris Argyris, and uncover the importance of the growth mindset from Stanford professor Carol Dweck. We walk through a range of different mindfulness techniques and are invited to create a piece of art mindfully during the two-day workshop. Materials are provided.

Liberal Arts: Practicing Courage and Vulnerability as Professional Educators
Session II: June 24–25
Use the work of Brené Brown and the experience and wisdom of other workshop participants to delve into the meaning of courage. Become familiar with the role of courage in our lives and its importance to us as educators. Spend two four-hour sessions with other educators learning and talking about personal courage while creating your own signature artwork.

Liberal Arts: Psychological Safety in Teaching
Session I: June 21–22
“Psychological safety,” a term coined by professor Amy Edmondson of Harvard University, refers to the belief that one will not be punished or humiliated for speaking up with ideas, questions, concerns, or mistakes. It is a key ingredient in teamwork, creativity, and learning. What can we do as educators to make our classrooms psychologically safe? What can we do to increase our own psychological safety? Join other educators for an open discussion on psychological safety while you flex your creative skills with an art project.

Mixed Media: Power of Myth and Image
Session I: June 21–22, Session II: June 24–25, Session III: June 28–29
Use collage as a medium as you explore narrative, myth, and image. In this workshop, you are invited to create thought-provoking images that combine narrative and mixed media to foster creative and conceptual development and inspire class discussion and writing exercises.

Mixed Media: Travel Sketchbook and Visual Journal
Session I: June 21–22, Session II: June 24–25, Session III: June 28–29
Preserve your experiences using sketchbooks from various artists, begin your own visual journal, discover how to create a portable studio fit for a pocket or purse, and dive into an array of methods, styles, and media for preserving your memories. With just a few moments each day, you can learn to preserve your unique experiences and observations while simultaneously honing your drawing and painting skills.

Photography: Cyanotype Photographic Printmaking
Session I: June 21–22, Session II: June 24–25, Session III: June 28–29
Create beautiful, blue photographic prints with one of the oldest photographic processes: cyanotype (also known as “the original blueprint”). This inexpensive process is an ideal entry into exploring historic photographic printmaking. Participants in this hands-on workshop learn the process of mixing chemicals, preparing paper/fabric, and making digital negatives for cyanotype printing. No experience is necessary, and all materials including chemistry and paper are provided.

Sequential Art: Words and Pictures: Making Comics
Session III: June 28–29
Left-brained individuals are said to live in a world of words and numbers while right-brained people are said to experience life in a kaleidoscope of images and colors. However, the most effective way to communicate with any audience is when those worlds collide. From writing to math, history to science, observe how to use comics to express information within a multimodal format that activates both sides of the brain and gives your students a richer understanding of the material as well as better communication skills.


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