Design Camp 2017


About Design Camp

Four one-week sessions for ages 6 – 10
Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Is your child a designer, tinkerer, or creative thinker? Cooper Hewitt Design Camp offers four week-long immersions in the latest advances in design for kids ages six to ten. To kickoff each week, guest designers share their problem-solving strategies and engage campers in fun, real-life design challenges. Campers will receive special access to the museum’s permanent collection and enjoy exciting collaborations with campers and staff from the Museum of the City of New York, the Central Park Conservancy Environmental Education Programs and the Guggenheim Museum.

Registration dates & fees

Cooper Hewitt members receive $50 off per camp session! Become a member by Friday, January 27, 2017 and include “CAMP” in the comments section, to receive your membership number for camp registration (please allow several days for processing).

  • Registration for members opens Monday, February 6th, 2017.
  • Registration for non-members opens Monday, February 13th, 2017.
July 10 - 14

Graphic Design Now

(Ages 7–12)
From billboards to books, car ads to cereal boxes, graphic design is all around us. Campers will dive deep into the anatomy of graphic design with the exhibition How Posters Work, discovering how designers use text as image, manipulate scale, and tell a story that gets our attention.
Guest Designer: Ellen Lupton, Senior Curator, Contemporary Design, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

July 17 - 21

Architecture Unleashed
(Ages 7–12)
This crash course in architecture will take campers on a journey beyond the rectangular office building. Environment, engineering, and technology will collide as campers design the future of our built environment, drawing inspiration from the exhibition Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio.
Guest Designer: Nick Richardson

Wearable Design

(Ages 7–12)
This one-week fashion workshop will engage campers in hands-on activities involving texture, pattern, form, and structure. Campers will design their own line of clothing and accessories that will make a statement about their own personal style. From mood boards to textiles, footwear to new technologies, campers will experience the process of creating wearable design.
Guest Designer: Mary Huang, Continuum Fashion

July 31 - August 4

Product Perfect
(Ages 7-12)
Campers will explore five centuries of product design in the museum’s Making Design collection. Then, guided by a client and design brief, they’ll sketch, tinker, sculpt, and design products that can revolutionize our daily lives.
Guest Designer: Oscar Lopez