All workshops are adapted to be suitable for both elementary and secondary students.
Introduction to Design
October 2013 – May 2014
This workshop exposes and highlights the presence of design in our everyday surroundings, and provides a basis for understanding the work and the importance of designers. Students explore examples of past and present Canadian design that demonstrates how design thinking is used to spark change and innovation. Disciplines discussed and analyzed include fashion, architecture, industrial, interior, and graphic design. Students are given a problem, and challenged to create a hands-on solution using design thinking and creative problem solving.
October 2013 – May 2014
This session introduces students to the world of design by using an everyday item, the chair, as a case in point. Students are shown the Design Exchange’s rich collection of chairs and discuss form and function in exploring design concerns including materials, ergonomics, and scale. Students also learn how discussing the design of a chair can reflect the social and political landscape from which it was created. Leading Canadian industrial designers from both past and present are highlighted. Finally, students learn to think like designers themselves as they work through a hands-on design challenge.
January – May 2014
When is a toy not just a “toy”? This workshop, accompanying a tour of This is not a toy, explores and develops concepts introduced in the exhibition. Students view and discuss examples of pop and street art, as well as the intersection of design, art, consumerism and popular culture. Finally, students apply these concepts as product designers by creating their own custom toy.
Theatre + Design
(full day program with Canadian Stage)
November 2013 – February 2014
In partnership with Canadian Stage, students will engage in a hands-on workshop at the Design Exchange where they will explore aspects of the design process as it relates to theatre and production. In the afternoon, students will make their way to Bluma Appel or Berkeley Street Theatre for a matinee performance. The points of connection explored in the morning session will provide a more thorough understanding of the performance in the afternoon.
For available productions and dates, please see our Tour + Workshop brochure.
Special workshops available in urban architecture, Eco-Fashion and new + unusual materials are available upon request.