Design Youth Programs


The College of Design, in conjunction with ISU Extension and Outreach, offers two workshops—Explore Design! and Design Innovation—for middle and high school students entering sixth grade through recent graduates.

Workshops are offered on the Iowa State campus in Ames and at ISU Design West in Sioux City. Different topics will be covered each week, so you can sign up for more than one workshop and learn something new each time!

Explore Design!
Explore Design! is a one-day workshop for middle and high schoolers looking for an introduction to a variety of media and topics in art and design. Program activities include hands-on projects to promote creativity, innovative thinking and design skills. Participants will create art and have fun with other artists and designers. All snacks, lunch, and materials are provided.

Design Innovation
Design Innovation is a two-and-one-half-day workshop where middle and high school students can expand their design knowledge and skill sets. Iowa State faculty, staff and students will guide participants through various hands-on activities meant to encourage innovative thinking and creative expression through design. Several forms of technology and media will be explored in projects focusing on the different areas of study and majors in the College of Design.

Participants also will learn about careers in design and art through tours and panel discussions with college students and design professionals. All snacks, meals, materials and transportation are provided.

Topics, Dates, Instructors and Registration
Register online via the links from the workshop dates below. The Explore Design! workshop fee is $25; the Design Innovation fee is $75. There is also an option to register for both Explore Design! and Design Innovation workshops in a single week for a combined $90 registration fee. Special accommodations are available upon request for dietary or accessibility needs.

WEEK 1: Drawing and Animation Design Workshops

Explore Design!
June 3, 2014 — Ames
Drawing and 3D Animation
This workshop is an introduction to drawing and 3D animation using hand drawing and digital techniques.

Design Innovation
June 4-6, 2014 — Ames
Digital Design, Drawing, and Animation
This workshop will introduce students to digital design, animation and photographic techniques. Participants also will explore concepts of storytelling through drawing and animation design. Students will learn to design and animate symbols, logos and type.

Instructors: Anson Call, Brenda Jones, Bev Krumm, Keo Pierron

WEEK 2: Sound Exploration and Form Workshops

Explore Design!

June 10, 2014 – Ames
June 10, 2014 – Sioux City
Explorations in Digital Media and Sound
This workshop will allow students to experiment with different materials to build devices that modify their hearing as a way to investigate sounds within their environment. Using their built devices, they will investigate their surroundings to identify new and interesting sounds. These sound explorations will be used in a variety of ways to inspire and create visual drawings and 3D forms.

Design Innovation
June 11-13, 2014 – Ames
June 11-13, 2014 – Sioux City
Sonic Fiction, Visual Methods, and Form Design
This workshop will introduct students to sound, drawing, and the design of 2D and 3D forms. It will incorporate concepts from architecture, interior design and the natural environment. Students will learn to draw from observation and use those drawings to inform the design of 3D spaces. Throughout the series of classes, students also will experiment with a variety of sound-recording technologies and editing techniques to create expressive, narrative-driven sound compositions.

Instructors: Alex Braidwood, Anson Call, Brenda Jones, Patience Lueth, Maria Miller, Keo Pierron, Bambi Yost

WEEK 3: Architecture, Art, and Environments Workshops

Explore Design!
June 17, 2014 – Ames
Space Representation and the Design of Spaces
This workshop will explore the drawing and construction of architecture and 3D space. Students will learn to draw the built environment and understand the principles of form and construction that inform architectural design.

Design Innovation
June 18-20, 2014 – Ames
Art, Architecture, and Environments
This workshop will cover a basic introduction to mapping and architectural design. Students will explore their natural environment and learn how to map and understand space. Concepts of painting and drawing also will be explored.

Instructors: Alex Braidwood, Paul Bruski, Anson Call, Brenda Jones, Patience Lueth, Maria Miller, Keo Pierron, Paula Streeter, Bambi Yost