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DESIGN CAMPS
 

Design Exchange offers engaging fashion and design-based camps for young designers ages 6-14 throughout March Break and summer.  Conveniently located in the heart of Toronto’s financial district, the former Toronto Stock Exchange building offers a unique and inspired setting for these specialized camp sessions. A qualified team of instructors and senior camp staff lead the programs.

Camp hours are from 9 am – 4 pm, with complimentary before-care beginning at 8:30 am. Extended care is available from 4 pm to 5:30 pm at a cost of $10/day. Session fees include all materials, snacks and applicable taxes. Young designers are asked to bring their own nut-free lunch and snack each day.

For more information on DX camps, please contact Pamela Smith at education@dx.org or by phone at 416.216.2111.

SESSION FEES

 

DX Family Members: $310/week
Non-members: $345/week
After-care (4-5:30pm): $10/day/child
Registration fees include HST. Tax receipts are provided.
For more information on becoming a DX family member, click here.

 

 

SUMMER CAMP 2014

 

Camps run weekly from July 7 – August 29.

Click here to fill out the online registration form.

 

CAMP SESSIONS

 

WEEK 1

JULY 7-11
 

HAPPY HOUSE

AGES 7-10

This session explores how interior design and architecture are used to create spectacular spaces! Projects include mini-landscapes. model-making, giant chandeliers and fantastical terrariums. THIS CAMP IS SOLD OUT.

HOUSE OF DX

AGES 11-14

Participants will explore the world of ready-to-wear fashion, learn about fashion illustration, basic pattern and sewing techniques, and complete a garment and a host of accessories by week’s end!

 

WEEK 2

JULY 14-18
 

SUPERSTRUCTURES

AGES 9-12

Participants in this session will learn what it takes to design amazing structures, and build and test their own models.  We’ll build architectural prototypes and geodesic domes, and visit some local marvels for inspiration!

FASHION FORWARD

AGES 9-12

The future is now at this camp!  We’ll take inspiration from fashion’s vision of the future from the 1960s to today to construct an out-of-this-world garment and cutting edge accessories.

 

WEEK 3

JULY 21-25
 

TOY DESIGN 

AGES 7-10

This is an engaging week of toy design exploration!  We’ll meet a local toy designer, and create our own labyrinths, carnival games, puppets and lots more. THIS CAMP IS SOLD OUT.

ENDLESS SUMMER

AGES 9-12

Breezy, effortless pieces are the theme of the week! We’ll create light, flowing garments, accessories to sport all summer long, and a beach-ready tote bag from our own printed fabrics! THIS CAMP IS SOLD OUT.

 

WEEK 4

JULY 28 – AUGUST 1
 

CREATURE COMFORTS

AGES 6-8

Creating our own creatures from stitching to stuffing is just the beginning for this camp! We will build environments, create packaging, and design lots of inventive accessories! THIS CAMP IS SOLD OUT.

PRINT + PATTERN

AGES 9-12

This week is all about textiles!  We’ll create our own fabric by experimenting with printing, dying, weaving and everything in between—then use it to sew a trendsetting garment and accessories to match. THIS CAMP IS SOLD OUT.

 

WEEK 5

AUGUST 5 – 8*
 

DRAMA + DESIGN I

AGES 7-13

In partnership with Canadian Stage, participants in this camp will develop a performance, from staging to costumes, props, and sets, and be treated to a performance and backstage tour for campers and their parents/guardians of the Canadian Stage Shakespeare in High Park. Campers will perform for family and friends on Friday, August 8.  

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COSTUME DESIGN

AGES 9-12

Design for the stage, from Shakespeare to today’s pop stars, is the inspiration for this week. We’ll create fantastical garments, masks and accessories while exploring how professional costume designers use wardrobe and make-up to create unforgettable characters.

*4-DAY WEEK (Reduced fee: $248 for members, $276 for non-members)

 

WEEK 6

AUGUST 11 – 15
 

DRAMA + DESIGN II

AGES 7-13

In partnership with Canadian Stage, participants in this camp will develop a performance, from staging to costumes, props, and sets, and be treated to a performance and backstage tour for campers and their parents/guardians of the Canadian Stage Shakespeare in High Park. Campers will perform for family and friends on Friday, August 15.  

Presented in partnership with

FASHION STYLING

AGES 9-12

Participants in this camp will learn the fashion styling ropes from dressing models to scouting locations! Projects include one-of-a-kind headpieces, accessories, and an avant-garde garment. A style zine to share with friends and family will be created throughout the week! THIS CAMP IS SOLD OUT.

 

WEEK 7

AUGUST 18 – 22
 

IMPOSSIBLE DESIGN

AGES 6-8

Prepare to imagine the impossible!  Projects this week will stretch our imagination to its fullest with lunar architecture, kinetic sculptures, awe-inspiring aquariums, and more. THIS CAMP IS SOLD OUT.

THE CAT’S MEOW

AGES 9-12

This week, we’ll be inspired by retro fashion with a modern twist!  We’ll be inspired by fashion through the ages, and create our own neon accessories, statement collars, and our own printed fabric for a sewn garment. THIS CAMP IS SOLD OUT.

 

WEEK 8

AUGUST 25 – 29
 

ROCK STAR

AGES 7-10

Young designers will create band t-shirts, album covers and rock star accessories for their ultra-hip, fictitious music group, as well as over-the-top stages for the band’s world tour!  We will also have the opportunity to meet a cool young designer and talk about design careers in the music industry. THIS CAMP IS SOLD OUT.

ADVANCED STYLE

AGES 12-14

Unique personal style is the theme of this week! Inspired by famous trendsetters and street style photographers, we’ll create a basic garment, then personalize it with over-the-top accessories and headpieces to create our own signature style.

 

For a downloadable version of the Summer Camp Guide click here