SUMMER AND MARCH BREAK DESIGN CAMPS
The 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 the DX front desk at 416.216.2161, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DX Family Members: $295/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.
March 10-14, 2014
Join us for an engaging week of toy design exploration! We’ll meet a local toy designer, and explore the design process from concept to prototype. Projects include labyrinths, carnival games, puppets and lots more.
HERE COMES THE SUN
Breezy, effortless fashion is the theme of the week! We’ll create light, flowing garments, accessories that celebrate the changing seasons, and a tote bag from our own printed fabrics!
SUMMER CAMP 2014
Camps run weekly from July 7 – August 29, 2014
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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.
HOUSE OF DX
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!
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!
The future is now in this four-day 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.
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.
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!
JULY 28 – AUGUST 1
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!
PRINT + PATTERN
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.
AUGUST 5 – 8*
DRAMA + DESIGN I
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, July 11.
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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: $235 for members, $260 for non-members)WEEK 6
AUGUST 11 – 15
DRAMA + DESIGN II
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, July 18.
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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!
AUGUST 18 – 22
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.
THE CAT’S MEOW
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.
AUGUST 25 – 29
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.
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.