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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 a.m. – 4 p.m., with complimentary before-care beginning at 8:30 a.m.. Extended care is available from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. 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, Youth Programs Coordinator at education@dx.org or 416.216.2111.

Session Fees:

DX Family Members and DX Individual Members: $310/week
Non-members: $345/week
After-care (4 – 5:30p.m.): $10/day/child
Registration fees include HST. Receipts are provided for tax purposes.
For more information on becoming a DX family member, click here.

Snacks for DX Design Camp have been generously donated by:

 

MARCH BREAK CAMPS 2015
MARCH 16-20

 

 

SESSIONS

 

** March Break Design Camp 2015 is sold out. Please contact education@dx.org for details about wait list. 

Everything and the Kitchen Sink
Ages 6-10

Over the course of each day, campers are introduced to the amazing world of design through a variety of projects that provide a well-rounded experience in all fields of design. Campers will build structures, discover crazy new materials, create fashion lines, develop digital animation movies, devise solutions to environmental issues, and construct new and wacky toys with a diverse set of materials. SOLD OUT

Ready To Wear or Back to Basics?
Ages 9-13

Young designers will explore the world of Ready-to-Wear, starting with the basics, of course. Exploring everything from sketching and designing to sewing and construction, budding sartorialists will construct their own top and bag, as well as a host of accessories complete with embellishments that compliment their individual style. SOLD OUT

Fill out the registration form online.

 

SUMMER CAMP 2015
july 6 – AUGUST 28

 

Camps run weekly all summer long: July – August 2015.

Fill out the registration form online.

 

CAMP SESSIONS

 

WEEK 1: JULY 6 – 10

 

Home Sweet Home (ONLY 1 SPOT LEFT! Please contact education@dx.org before registering)
Ages 7-10

Exploring the architecture and design of the spaces humans, animals, and insects call home, this session allows campers to build model homes and sculptures inspired by the natural world. 
 

Style Rookie (SOLD OUT! Please contact education@dx.org to be added to the wait list.)
Ages 9-12

Perfect for beginners – and challenging enough for returning campers! – this session takes participants through the steps of fashioning a tote bag and dress or shirt with a sewing machine. Plus, campers craft a necklace, hair accessories, and a brooch. 

 

WEEK 2: JULY 13 – 17

 

Toy Design (SOLD OUT! Please contact education@dx.org to be added to the wait list.)
Ages 7-10

For this fun and inspiring week of toy design, campers will construct robots that draw, mini-puppet theatres, and collaborate to build an elaborate Rube Goldberg machine, and so much more! 
 

Eco-Fashion (ONLY 5 SPOTS LEFT! )
Ages 9-12

Focussing on environmentally friendly fashion design, campers will experiment with natural dying techniques, create garments from re-purposed textiles, and design accessories incorporting rustic materials.

 

WEEK 3: JULY 20 – 24

 

Monster Mash 
Ages 6-8

Campers create other worldly creatures, learning to stitch and stuff. Plus, participants also design wearables, environments, and packaging inspired by their creations. 
 

DX Street Style (SOLD OUT! Please contact education@dx.org to be added to the wait list.)
Ages 9-12

Drawing on the phenomenon of street style photography and blogs, this session allows campers to create their own unique garments and accessories, and generate their own DX Street Style blog inspired by international trendsetters from Tokyo, New York, and Paris.

 

WEEK 4: JULY 27 – 31

 

Rock Star
Ages 7-10

Campers will create band t-shirts, album covers, rock star accessories, and elaborate stage sets for their ultra-hip, make-believe music group.
 

House of DX (SOLD OUT! Please contact education@dx.org to be added to the wait list.)
Ages 11-13

Campers will learn about fashion illustration, pattern-making, and sewing techniques. Plus, they create one garment and a host of accessories by week's end.

 

WEEK 5: AUGUST 4 – 7*

 

If You Build It (SOLD OUT! Please contact education@dx.org to be added to the wait list.)
Ages 7-10

Over four days, campers are introduced to basic architectural concepts. Participants will learn what it takes to design amazing structures, and build and test their own models using local icons for inspiration.
 

Fashion Time Travel (ONLY 2 SPOTS LEFT! )
Ages 9-12

Campers will travel through fashion's history and imagine its future in this four-day session. Taking inspiration from decades past, they will construct a retro garment and couple it with out-of-this world accessories! 

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

 

WEEK 6: AUGUST 10 – 14

 

Design Circus
Ages 6-8

Drawing inspiration from famous circuses around the world, we will attempt to create some death-defying design projects. Glitzy costumes, marvelous masks, and circus vehicles make this an action-packed week under the DX big top. 
 

Fashion Styling
Ages 9-12

Campers will learn the secrets and skills of fashion styling, from dressing models to scouting locations for photo shoots. Projects include an avant-garde garment, complimentary accessories, and a style 'zine to share with friends and family. 

 

WEEK 7: AUGUST 17 – 21

 

Drama + Design I 
Ages 7-13

In partnership with Canadian Stage, campers will develop an entire performance, learning how to stage, and make costumes, props, and sets. Plus, campers and their guardians see a performance and receive a backstage tour of the Canadian Stage Shakespeare in High Park. Campers perform for family and friends on Friday, August 21.

Presented in partnership with

 

Print + Pattern
Ages 9-12

This week is all about textiles! Campers create their own fabric by experimenting with printing, dying, weaving, and everything in between – then use it to sew a trendsetting garment and accessories to match. 

 

WEEK 8:  AUGUST 24 – 28

 

Drama + Design II
Ages 7-13

In partnership with Canadian Stage, campers will develop an entire performance, learning how to stage, and make costumes, props, and sets. Plus, campers and their guardians see a performance and receive a backstage tour of the Canadian Stage Shakespeare in High Park. Campers perform for family and friends on Friday, August 28.

Presented in partnership with

 

Advanced Style
Ages 11-13

Unique personal style is the theme of this week. Inspired by famous trendsetters, campers create a basic garment, then personalize it with over-the-top accessories and headpieces to create their own signature style. 

 

For a downloadable version of the 2015 Summer Camp Guide click here.

 

Funding for this project has been made possible in part through a contribution from the Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations program, Department of Canadian Heritage. The Canadian Museums Association administers the museum component of the YCW program on behalf of the Department of Canadian Heritage. 

Le financement pour ce projet a été rendu possible en partie grâce à une contribution de Jeunesse Canada au travail dans les établissements du patrimoine, une initiative du ministère du Patrimoine canadien. L’Association des musées canadiens administre la section muséale du programme JCT au nom du ministère du Patrimoine.