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Design Exchange, Canada’s Design Museum, offers week-long hands-on design and fashion day camps in the heart of Toronto, all summer long!

 
Design Exchange is a cultural institution that champion’s creative thinking, inspires problem solving and celebrates the best innovative talent locally, nationally, and around the world. By offering unique and accessible experiences, Design Exchange educates and shares design stories with a broader public to highlight the importance and relevance of design.
   
 


SUMMER CAMPS 2017
July 4 - August 5

 

WEEK 1
July 4 - 7

*Pro-rated short week

Design:
Out of this World


Ages 6-9
 

What would life look like if we lived in outerspace?! In this camp you will learn about basic architecture concepts by designing your very own city in outerspace. You’ll create otherworldly structures, building models, and test your designs to fnd out what it takes healthy, working city on another planet!

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Fashion:
Sew Neue


Ages 9-12
Novice

This introduction to sewing camp is perfect if it’s your first time exploring the world of fashion, or if you are looking to hone new skills starting with the basics. This camp introduces all the fundamentals: learn how to to operate a domestic sewing machine, choose the best material, and try out cutting and sewing techniques of by making a simple garment.  

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WEEK 2
July 10 - 14

Design:
Rock Star


Ages 6-9
Novice
 

You will become the ultimate overnight sensation after you jive on out of this camp! You’ll find your band mates, pick a rockin’ band name, and create new sounds, custom band t-shirts, album covers, posters, and more for your all-star world tour!

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Fashion:
Room Reno


Ages 9-12
Novice

THIS SESSION IS AT CAPACITY

Step outside the world of fashion design and into interior and textile design. You will explore textile manipulation and experimentation along with basic sewing techniques in order to create your own room’s finishing touches. From embroidery and cushions, to tapestry, you’ll have everything to give your room a fresh makeover!

Join the waitlist*

*Due to demand waitlist registrants will only be contacted if a space becomes available

WEEK 3
July 17 - 21

 

Design:
Inside & Out


Ages 8-10
Novice - Intermediate
 

In this camp you will design a world of your own from the inside out explore what it takes to build the city of your dreams! We’ll start with mini interior models and life size furnishings like lights and textiles and move into designing larger-than-life cityscapes and futuristic buildings.

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Fashion:
Seaside Escape


Ages 9-12
Novice

Get ready for the summer by creating your perfect beach look. From designing beach bags and cover-ups to printed textiles, you will be ready to hit the beach in style. Take your designs one step further and add some beach reads by developing your very own mini ‘zine with photo-shoots, articles, and more.

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WEEK 4
July 24 - 28

 

Design:
Paper Monsters + Creatures


Ages 9-12
Novice - Advanced
 

Perfect for the graphic novel and illustration enthusiast. You will dive into the worldof illustration and graphic designwith the imaginary world of creatures and monsters. Develop your own unique characterand bring it to life through plot development, illustration, and model building. Plus, you’ll learn bookmaking techniques so you can create copies of your work to share with the world!

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Fashion:
Dye, Weave, Print, Repeat


Ages 10-14
Novice

This week is all about textiles! From ideation to creation, you will explore the world of textiles – including smart wearables and fabrics – by creating your own. From dyeing and printing to weaving and everything in between, you will use these new textiles to construct a trendsetting garment, complemented by no-sew accessories. Note: This is a limited sewing session.

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WEEK 5
July 31 - August 4

 

Design:
Playtime


Ages 6-9
 

In this camp, explore how ideas for new toys come to life – and to toy store shelves near you. Each day brings a new toy-making challenge, from stuffed creatures and puppets to playful robotics and more. You’ll get to experiment and test your new creations, design a toyshop, and create the toy packaging.

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Fashion:
It’s A Cool Summer


Ages 10-14
Advanced

Ready to challenge your sewing skills? Design and sew everything you’ll need to keep cool and comfy this summer break. You’ll learn to expertly make an oversized hoodie and comfy joggers, to create your own stylish atheliesure head-to-toe look.

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WEEK 6
August 8 - 11

*Pro-rated short week

Design:
Tasty Design


Ages 9-12
Novice
 

THIS SESSION IS AT CAPACITY

Roll up those sleeves and get ready for a delectable week of design! You will develop your own up and coming restaurant complete with menus, place settings, food models, and more. Explore the art of plating and food styling to set your restaurant apart from all the rest! NOTE: As real food is used for this session, we ask that you ensure all food allergies/restrictions are listed in registration's health section.

Join the waitlist*

*Due to demand waitlist registrants will only be contacted if a space becomes available

Fashion:
In the Details


Ages 9-12
Novice

This week is all about the finer details of personal style. Exploring the world of accessories, you will learn everything you will need to know about designing and creating your own unique bag, jewelry and more. Take your designs one step further and learn what it takes to merchandise your work, and develop your own personal portfolio.

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WEEK 7
August 14 - 18

Design:
Design + Drama I


Ages 7-14
Novice - Intermediate
 

In partnership with Canadian Stage, participants in this camp will develop a performance that sees campers writing scripts, stage-directing, making costumes, props, and sets, and unveiling it all in a grand performance for friends at family at Design Exchange. You and your family will also be treated to an evening performance and backstage tour of the annual Canadian Stage Shakespeare in High Park performance. 

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Fashion:
Behind the Seams


Ages 9-12
Novice - Intermediate

Dive into the world of costume design to get an immersive look at what it takes to design for the theatre. Exploring character development, story lines, movement and more, you will design a costume from head to toe for the week’s envisioned play. Combining sewn outfits, mixed media wigs, and theatrical makeup all you’ll execute stylized photos and headshots ready for the Playbill!

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WEEK 8
August 21 - 25

 

Design:
Drama + Design II


Ages 7-14
Novice - Intermediate
 

In partnership with Canadian Stage, participants in this camp will develop a performance that sees campers writing scripts, stage-directing, making costumes, props, and sets, and unveiling it all in a grand performance for friends at family at Design Exchange. You and your family will also be treated to an evening performance and backstage tour of the annual Canadian Stage Shakespeare in High Park performance. 

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Fashion:
Back to School


Ages 10-14
Novice - Advanced

Get ready to go back to school in style. This week, you will create everything you’ll need to get the school year started off just right. From your own personalized backpack, and lunch bags to pencil and accessory pouches, illustrated notebooks, and more!

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2017 FEES

DX Family Members
$345 /week
$276 /short week
General Admission
$360 /week
$288 /short week
After-care (4-5:30pm)
 
$10 /day/child


Download the 2017 Summer Camp Brochure


Registrations via email can be submitted to education [at] dx.org
 

 

All camp fees include project materials, afternoon snack,
field trip transportation (where applicable) and morning care, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Registration fees include HST. Tax receipts are provided at the conclusion of the program.

For more information, please contact
Programs Manager, Brigitte Huard at 416.216.2138.

 

Delivering design education to youth and children is a core component of Design Exchange's mandate.

 

Through our programs, DX encourages young audiences to become creative problem-solvers and design thinkers at every age. We believe programming that introduces the value of design to young people inspires future generations to make a better world, encourages the growth of the design sector, and stimulates the economy.  

Your donations contribute to providing a full scholarship to children who would not otherwise be able to attend our camp. We know these spots make a difference in children’s lives.

 

 

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