Cooper Hewitt Summer Design Camp for Kids

Looking for something artistic and creative for your child to enjoy this summer? Then your family will be interested in Design Camp at Cooper Hewitt Museum.


Note: I was invited as media to this event and received a gift bag. However, any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

During a media preview at Cooper Hewitt, I learned more about the museum and what their Design Camp has to offer kids and their families.

Cooper Hewitt Design Camp for Kids
Cooper Hewitt Design Camp for Kids
Cooper Hewitt Design Camp for Kids

The museum itself offers lots of interactive ways to learn about their art and design collection. The museum exhibits uses both visual and technology aids to draw viewers in.

Cooper Hewitt Design Camp for Kids

I was really impressed by their interactive Pen, which lets you “collect” and “save” objects from around the galleries and the large touchscreen tables, that gives access to thousands of objects in the museum’s collection so visitors can view in the galleries, learn about its history, and related objects organized by design theme and motif.

Besides access to the museum, the Design Camp at Cooper Hewitt offers 4 week-long sessions where kids explore concepts of designs and art through challenges and gallery explorations. Each week, guest designers will provide campers with real-world design challenges and share innovative solutions.

Cooper Hewitt Design Camp for Kids

Graphic Design Now (Ages 7–12)
Week 1: July 20-24

From billboards to books, car ads to cereal boxes, graphic design is all around us. Campers will dive deep into the anatomy of graphic design with the exhibition How Posters Work, discovering how designers use text as image, manipulate scale, and tell a story that gets our attention.
Guest Designer: Ellen Lupton, Senior Curator, Contemporary Design, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Architecture Unleashed (Ages 7–12)
Week 2: July 27-31

This crash course in architecture will take campers on a journey beyond the rectangular office building. Environment, engineering, and technology will collide as campers design the future of our built environment, drawing inspiration from the exhibition Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio.
Guest Designer: Nick Richardson

Cooper Hewitt Design Camp for Kids

Wearable Design (Ages 7–12)
Week 3: August 3-7

This one-week fashion workshop will engage campers in hands-on activities involving texture, pattern, form, and structure. Campers will design their own line of clothing and accessories that will make a statement about their own personal style. From mood boards to textiles, footwear to new technologies, campers will experience the process of creating wearable design.
Guest Designer: Mary Huang, Continuum Fashion

Product Perfect (Ages 7-12)
Week 4: August 10-15

Campers will explore five centuries of product design in the museum’s Making Design collection. Then, guided by a client and design brief, they’ll sketch, tinker, sculpt, and design products that can revolutionize our daily lives.
Guest Designer: Oscar Lopez

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