Design Studio, Level I (Grades 8+)

DESIGN STUDIO, Level I

Mondays, 3:15-5:45pm

Grades 8+ (younger participants will be considered with recommendation)

9 Sessions: February 5th-April 9th (no class on February 19th, optional snow date April 23)

Tuition: $225, sliding scale and payment plans are available.



Designers plan the form, look, or workings of something before it is actually made or manufactured. The design process is often iterative, exploratory, and sometimes a chaotic (but fun!) experience. Good designers are flexible, able to use different problem solving strategies, and select the one that best delivers a particular solution.

In this class students will learn to think like a designer, devising and protoyping solutions for the unmet needs of people. Each student will gain a solid understanding of what it means to be a designer and how the design process can help them approach everyday problems in their own lives.

Assignments are project-based, spanning several mediums and techniques, and will develop a student’s ability to think critically about how and what they are making. The students will take part in individual and collaborative creative problem solving and gain hands-on experience making from a variety of design disciplines using digital and traditional hand tools.

Students will:

  • Understand and implement the design process, and be well versed in how designers identify, define and solve problems.

  • Develop a formal vocabulary including the basic principles of 2D and 3D design.

  • Learn various sketching, brainstorming and feedback methods used in the generation and evaluation of design concepts.

  • Employ form, color, and images to clearly communicate concepts.

  • Utilize analog techniques such as drawing, sketching, and paper engineering.

  • Utilize digital tools such as Adobe the Adobe Creative Suite.

  • Discover career pathways to Graphic, Industrial, and Product Design.

This nine-week class will explore four or five main project challenges including chair design, typeface and poster design, a book layout project, and a self identified problem. Projects and skill-building are developed in alignment with current state of Maine educational priorities.**

This class will be taught by Brooke Chornyak, a graphic designer, educator and collaborator. She is the co-founder of a Portland based design lab, Collective IQ, and an Assistant Professor at Maine College of Art and Boston University.

**ME Guiding Principles: Clear and Effective Communicator; Self-Directed and Lifelong Learner; Creative and Practical Problem Solver; Responsible and Involved Citizen; Integrative and Informed Thinker.

ME Visual and Performing Arts Standards: Disciplinary Literacy; Creation, Performance, and Expression; Creative Problem Solving; Visual Arts Connections