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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 DX Reception at 416.363.2161, or by e-mail at education@dx.org.

MARCH BREAK CAMPS 2016
MARCH 14-18

 

 

Design Your World
THIS CAMP IS FULL.
Ages 7-12
Skill Level: Novice-Intermediate

This week-long session provides an introduction to the world of design. Campers will learn about everything from architecture and graphic design to interior and industrial design – and more! Each day, campers will tackle a different design discipline with hands-on activities that include constructing epic model structures, creating interior artwork and tabletop accessories, 3D chairs and plenty more!

On Friday, March 18, join campers from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. for a showcase of their week's work!
THIS CAMP IS FULL.

Sew What?
Ages 9-14
Skill Level: Novice-Intermediate

This is the place to be for young designers ready to explore the world of fashion. Campers will start with the basics and learn terms, technoloogy, and process. Skills learned wil include how to use of a domestic sewing machine, select fabric,  sketch and prep a garment, and just in time for the weekend, they'll fashion their own basic PJ pant. Other projects include creating a tote bag and several new sewn accessories

NOTE: This session is a combination of machine and hand-based projects.

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SUMMER CAMP 2016
july 4 – AUGUST 26

 

 

Join Design Exchange for a fun-filled, hands-on, and educational summer experience. Our week-long camps provide inquisitive minds with opporttunities to be creative problem-solvers and design thinkers. 

Registration for the 2016 Summer Camps opens on Wednesday, February 10 for DX Family Membership holders and to the general public on Friday, February 12.  
 

FEES
DX Family Members | $345/week, $276/short week

General Admission |  $360/week, $288/short week
Save $30 when you purchase two or more sessions for one child. 

DX Family Members + General Admission: When you sign-up a minimum of two children, you save $30 on registration (no session minimum required). 

After-care (4-5:30pm): $10/day/child
Morning care, beginning at 8:30 a.m., is complimentary.
Registration fees include HST. Tax receipts are provided at the conclusion of the program.

Find more information on becoming a DX Family Member, please contact Rosa Ricci at 416.216.2160.


 

WEEK 1 | JULY 4-8
 

Home Sweet Home
Ages 7-10
Skill Level: Novice - Intermediate

Join us as we create the ultimate rooms of our dreams. Flex your creative muscles and to make a model suite of your living space, complete with light fixtures, furniture and home accents including framed silhouettes and tabletop décor.


Stitch It
Ages 9-11
Skill Level: Novice 

Make a bold foray into the world of fashion and sewing starting with the basics! You’ll learn how to operate a sewing machine, select the right materials, and develop cutting and sewing techniques so you can make your own simple skirt. Plus, we’ll make a tote bag and eye-catching accessories (no sewing required!).
 

Stitch It
Ages 12-14
Skill Level: Novice

Make a bold foray into the world of fashion and sewing starting with the basics! You’ll learn how to operate a sewing machine, select the right materials, and develop cutting and sewing techniques so you can make your own simple skirt. Plus, we’ll make a tote bag and eye-catching accessories (no sewing required!).
 

WEEK 2 | JULY 11-15
 

Laboratory of Play
Ages 6-9
Skill Level: Novice

Explore the world of toy design and learn how to make stuffed creatures, puppets, and moving gadgets. Every day will offer you a new challenge and opportunity to think outside the toy box. Experiment and test out your creations and design the packaging for your new inventions so they’re toyshop-ready!
 

Laboratory of Play II
Ages 10-12
Skill Level: Intermediate

We’ll go beyond the fundamentals to explore the world of toy design and learn how to make stuffed creatures, puppets, and moving gadgets. Every day will offer you a new challenge and opportunity to think outside the toy box. Experiment and test out your creations and design the packaging for your new inventions so they are toyshop-ready!
 

Material World
Ages 9-12
Skill Level: Novice-Intermediate

Explore the intersection of art, design, and fashion by creating This session explores the union of art and design through Fashion with a no-sew session utilizing the most unexpsected materials. Campers will experiment with non-traditional materials from paper, hardware, and found objects to construct an Avant-Garde look fit for a gallery, along with learning to cast and manipulate materials to create one of a kind accessories.
This is a no-sew session.


WEEK 3 | JULY 18-22
 

Delectable Design
Ages 6-9
Skill Level: Novice

The creative juices will be flowing as you explore the world of food and design. Develop your own concept for an up and coming restaurant, complete with personalized menus, unique place settings, and food models. Plus, dream up the food truck version for portable expansion!
 

Delectable Design II
Ages 10-13
Skill Level: Novice-Intermediate

The creative juices will be flowing as you explore the world of food and design with a more extensive session. Develop your own concept for an up and coming restaurant, complete with personalized menus, unique place settings, and food models. Plus, dream up the food truck version for portable expansion!
 

Texstyles 101
Ages 9-12
Skill Level: Novice

Dye, print, and repeat! Learn about surface design, textiles and fabrics by creating your own and deconstructing existing fabrics to understand how they are made. From dyeing and printing to weaving and everything in between – you’ll use these unique textiles construct a trendsetting garment and no-sew accessories to match.

 

WEEK 4 | JULY 25-29
 

Zoom! Zap! Zam!
Ages 10-12
Skill Level: Novice-Intermediate

Perfect for comic and graphic novel enthusiasts, explore the storytelling and animations of comics and graphic novels. Covering the basics, learn about story and character development to layout and illustration so that you can wrap up a week of adventure with a hands-on bookmaking lesson so you can create your own comic.
 

Zoom! Zap! Zam!
Ages 13-15
Skill Level: Novice-Intermediate

Perfect for comic and graphic novel enthusiasts, explore the storytelling and animations of comics and graphic novels. Covering the basics, learn about story and character development to layout and illustration so that you can wrap up a week of adventure with a hands-on bookmaking lesson so you can create your own comic.
 

‘Zine Masters
Ages 9-12
Skill Level: Intermediate

Do you have a flair for mixing and matching? Take on the world of fashion styling and trend forecasting by coordinating you own magazine photo shoots. You’ll create original concepts and themes, learn about wardrobe styling, scout a location and more! Plus, you’ll make a simple garment and no-sew accessories to use for your editorial shoot and create a styling ‘zine to share with friends, family, and fellow fashionistas!

 

WEEK 5 | AUGUST 2-5*
 

Superstructures
Ages 7-9
Skill Level: Novice

This four-day session introduces the fundamentals of architecture. You’ll learn what it takes to design sky-high towers, otherworldly buildings, and emergency shelters. Plus, you’ll build and test your model using local marvels for inspiration!
 

Superstructures
Ages 10-12
Skill Level: Intermediate

This four-day session extends beyond the fundamentals of architecture to explore the built environment. You’ll learn what it takes to design sky-high towers, otherworldly buildings, and emergency shelters. Plus, you’ll build and test your model using local marvels for inspiration!
 

Fashion History
Ages 10-13
Skill Level: Novice-Intermediate

Explore costume and dress throughout the ages, from Ancient Greece and the Roaring Twenties to the retro ‘60s and present day. You’ll make a major garment, draw your own fashion illustrations and create several small-scale projects inspired by your favourite fashion era!


*PRO-RATED SHORT WEEK

 

WEEK 6 | AUGUST 8-12
 

Rock Star
Ages 7-10
Skill Level: Novice

Become an overnight sensation after you create your fictional band and accompanying personas. To complete the ensembles, you’ll make custom band t-shirts, album covers, posters, and more for your all-star world tour!


Catwalk Ready
Ages 10-12
Skill Level: Intermediate-Advanced

Have you mastered the basics of sewing? Take on a new challenge with a more in-depth look at patterns and alterations, material selection, and construction through the fashioning of a hooded sweatshirt. This skill-testing project is accompanied by small no-sew projects to create a finished look for your design. Perfect for the seasoned DX fashionista ready to take it to the next level!
 

Catwalk Ready
Ages 13-15
Skill Level: Intermdiate-Advanced

Have you mastered the basics of sewing? Take on a new challenge with a more in-depth look at patterns and alterations, material selection, and construction through the fashioning of a hooded sweatshirt. This skill-testing project is accompanied by small no-sew projects to create a finished look for your design. Perfect for the seasoned DX fashionista ready to take it to the next level!

 

WEEK 7 | AUGUST 15-19


Drama + Design I
Ages  7-10
Skill Level: Novice-Intermediate

With experts from Canadian Stage, you’ll learn the basics of designing for the stage, including how to write scripts, staging tricks, and costume and prop styling. What’s more, you’ll work in a group to create a performance for friends and family at Design Exchange on the Friday afternoon. Plus, 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.


Drama + Design I
Ages 11-15
Skill Level: Novice-Intermediate

With experts from Canadian Stage, you’ll learn the basics of designing for the stage, including how to write scripts, staging tricks, and costume and prop styling. What’s more, you’ll work in a group to create a performance for friends and family at Design Exchange on the Friday afternoon. Plus, 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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Setting The Scene
Ages 9-12
Skill Level: Novice-Intermediate

All the world’s a stage at DX! Dive into the world of theatrical costume design to get an immersive experience with the design of theatre. Exploring character development, story lines, movement and more, you will design a costume from head to toe for the week’s play. Sewn outfits, mixed media wigs, and theatrical makeup are all combined to make a Playbill-ready performance!

 

WEEK 8 | AUGUST 22-26


Drama + Design II
Ages 7-10
Skill Level: Novice-Intermediate

With experts from Canadian Stage, you’ll learn the basics of designing for the stage, including how to write scripts, staging tricks, and costume and prop styling. What’s more, you’ll work in a group to create a performance for friends and family at Design Exchange on the Friday afternoon. Plus, 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.
 

Drama + Design II
Ages 11-15
Skill Level: Novice-Intermediate

With experts from Canadian Stage, you’ll learn the basics of designing for the stage, including how to write scripts, staging tricks, and costume and prop styling. What’s more, you’ll work in a group to create a performance for friends and family at Design Exchange on the Friday afternoon. Plus, 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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Style + Substance
Ages 11-14
Skill Level: Novice

Inspired by global street style photographers and bloggers, you’ll make your own unique clothing and accessories, and create a DX Street Style blog, inspired by trendsetters from Toronto, Tokyo, London, and New York! Exploring various digital platforms, photography and editorials, you will design a blog that showcases your one of a kind personal and style identity!
 

For more information on DX Summer Camps, please contact DX Reception at 416.363.2161, or by e-mail at education@dx.org.