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DesignPrep 101 is a new series of free afterschool workshops that bring Cooper Hewitt’s design programming into afterschool programs for middle school students throughout Manhattan. These workshops, based on the Common Core Learning Standards, will provide intensive, hands-on learning experiences in different design disciplines and fields. Cooper Hewitt educators and professional designers will work together to teach middle school students how to think and work like designers, enhancing skills in speaking and listening, collaboration, and creative problem-solving.

DesignPrep 101 is a series of 2 workshops given over multiple sessions. Afterschool program administrators will book Cooper Hewitt educators to come to their sites, and the educators will deliver a series of workshops based on a chosen topic. The program must be an existing afterschool program that meets regularly.

Please note that a coordinator or point of contact from the afterschool program must be present for the entire duration of each session for the safety of the students and our educators.

Topics include:

Design Elements and the High School Portfolio

Students will create artwork and learn how to develop a strong portfolio for the art and design high school auditions. Students will also gain practice in constructively discussing their work and the work of their peers.

Basics of Fashion Design

Students will gain a basic understanding of the workings of a fashion business by developing mood boards and design pitches.

Graphic Design: How Posters Work

Students will create posters that solve visual problems and address customer needs while learning about the basic elements and principles of graphic design.

For more information, contact us at cheducation@si.edu

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1.How long is each program?
Organizers may book a 2 session program (one session per day). Each session is 2 hours long and can run until 6:30pm at the latest.

2.Can any student participate in this program?
No. This program is for middle school students participating in afterschool programs only.

3. How large can the student group be?
Groups can be up to 30 students, and must have a minimum of 15 students.

4. Will Cooper Hewitt provide a space for the program to take place?
No, this is an outreach program and is taught at schools and afterschool sites.

5. Do I have to provide my own supplies?
Cooper Hewitt Educators will bring supplies, but you may provide any extra supplies of your choosing.