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Art & Design Camp (Academic Summer Honors Institute)
“Art & Design: Think. Know. Do.” is an annual summer program offered to high school students through Ohio Northern’s Summer Honors Institute and the department of art & design. Since its inception in 2006, the design camp has exposed students to the exciting world of design. The camp informs students about careers in design and raises awareness of the impact of art and design through a series of week-long projects. The assignments challenge students to explore their creativity and critical thinking skills while pushing them to try a range of techniques. The exploration of the design process also teaches students to question, make choices, generate possible solutions, work collaboratively and ultimately broaden their understanding of the world around them.
The design camp is coordinated with the University's Summer Honors Institute. The goal of the program is to nurture the ability of high school students (entering 9th through 12th grades) in gifted and talented programs from Ohio. Students are encouraged to think about subjects in more abstract and complex ways, and are opportunities for exploring education and career options.
The 2015 design camp will be held Sunday, June 14 through Friday, June 19. Design Camp will embark on an exciting journey to explore the fundamentals of visual communication. Working in teams and individually, students will redesign a nonprofit visual identity, including the logo, through a combination of research activities and visual development. Students will learn how a variety of visual elements and methods convey an identity, such as color, typeface, illustration and photography. Students also will work together to understand the organization’s market, gather research on the identity, develop design criteria based on that research, develop alternative versions of a new identity, refine one version as the final design solution, and present a formal presentation of their design solution.
Also during the camp, architecture, environmental design, landscape architecture, interior design and industrial design will be addressed during morning sessions to introduce students to the education, career paths and professional practices of other major design fields.
The assignments will challenge students to explore their creativity and critical-thinking skills while pushing them to try a range of techniques. The exploration of the design process also will teach students to question, make choices, generate possible solutions, work collaboratively and, ultimately, broaden their understanding of the world around them.
In 2013, Design: Think. Know. Do. investigated how graphic designers can use their skills and knowledge to draw attention to the environment. Called the “Urban Forest,” students used banners and other visual communication media to engage and educate the local community. Students made powerful visual statements using the tree as a symbol and metaphor to express the visual advocacy message. Workshops, projects and presentations also helped students to define design as an education and career path.
For more information about the "Design: Think. Know. Do." Camp and the University’s Summer Honors Institute, click here.
Portfolio Workshop for High School Students
The department of art & design, along with the undergraduate admissions office, offers an intense summer art workshop for current high school students and recent graduates. Designed for those who want to develop a strong college admissions portfolio, this workshop teaches students how to improve their studio art skills in drawing, painting and ceramics, develop a theme for a series, address issues related to studying art and design in college, and prepare for a career in visual arts.
For information about the Portfolio Workshop, please contact us at 419.772.2160 or firstname.lastname@example.org.