Art Educators & Counselors

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Summer Institute for Art Educators

June 22 — 25, 2020

CCS’ Art Educators Summer Institute is an intense, immersive and exciting exploration that recharges your creativity and reminds you of what it feels like to be an artist and a student.

Attendees will develop work for a professional portfolio, and earn SCECH and graduate-level credits, all within the only US City of Design - Detroit.
Designed by art educators for art educators, this week-long, hands-on experience is led using principles of “design thinking” and encourages discovery through experimentation, research and exploration. Select from three multi-disciplinary projects that combine traditional art making materials and methods with new tools and technologies using CCS’ innovative studios and facilities.

How do you use Virtual Reality to create a glass or pewter sculpture? How do you blend brush and pen techniques with Photoshop or Illustrator to create a poster on a state-of-the-art printer? Moreover, how do you create a brand, design a product and then create the product using lasers? These are just some of the challenges that await participants in the Summer Institute.

At the end of the week, educators will display their work in our Valade Family Gallery.

The Summer Institute includes:

  • Classroom materials
  • Apartment-style housing at no extra cost
  • 30 State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECH) Points
  • Grad Credit (1)
  • CCS President’s Breakfast
  • Valade Gallery Exhibition and Strolling Dinner
  • Additional evening studio hours
  • Optional Careers in Art and Design presentation

*Option to live on campus in the newly renovated Art Centre Building includes a single bedroom in a shared apartment-style suite with common living room and kitchenette at no extra cost

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Summer 2020 Offerings:

2D Poster Design: Traditional to Innovative
Create a series of posters utilizing techniques that blend traditional type creation (ink and brush) with digital (Photoshop® and Illustrator®). Poster proofs are created in black and white and then reproduced using 2-color digital printing methods on a state-of-the-art Risograph printer.

3D Sculptural Design – Fusing virtual with hands-on
In this session, educators will use virtual reality software called Gravity Sketch® to expand their material knowledge and design capabilities.

Gravity Sketch® allows educators to express their 3D ideas in real-time, at any scale, from initial concepts through to detailed 3D models, using an extensive array of tools for creative exploration.

Educators will use this new technology within our glass and metals studios to create 3D forms with blown glass, kiln fusing and pewter fabrication.

Handbag Design - Lasers and Leather
In this session, educators will develop a brand identity and then put that brand into action by creating the handbag that best describes them.

Led by Darrin Brouhard, former patternmaker at Shinola, and working in CCS’s Fashion Accessories Design Studio, educators will create custom patterns, design motifs and accents and then bring them to life using the College’s laser cutter and industrial sewing machines. At the end of the session, educators will own a one-of-a-kind handbag that can’t be purchased anywhere else.

$395 session
Spaces are limited and seats will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

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