Virtual Camps

Welcome to DAAPcamps Virtual Camps!

Due to restrictions on gathering in groups during the summer of 2020, the DAAPcamps’ Crew worked to create and offer individualized programs in many of our most popular disciplines of study. These camps were extremely successful and allowed campers to join from all over the US and abroad.  Because of their great acceptance and success and our desire to augment our in-person Day Camps with Virtual opportunities during this transition time and beyond, we have elected to offer them again for the Summer of 2021!

Each Virtual Studio is a combination of synchronous (live online group settings) and asynchronous (pre-recorded teachings, presentations, tours, etc.). Most live engagements are recorded as well, so if the participant’s schedule does not allow for them to be a part of the live engagement that day, they are able to access the session and content after it is completed. The studios all run on their own individual schedule Monday-Friday based upon the work being done in the studio, along with the virtual tours and presentations. However, the basic timing is mid-morning to late afternoon. There will be an individual orientation for each camp held by the camp lead the week prior to their camp.  Parents will be able to attend as well…and it will be recorded so it will be available in case it is missed.  Virtual Studios are the ideal opportunity to get your friends and family from around the country (or the world) to join you for a Virtual Studio! 

In videos below, you will meet some of our Virtual DAAPcamp Leads.  Please know that these videos were initially created in 2020 and if you hear a reference to 2020, realize that these folks and this information is who will be engaged with virtual camps in 2021 and the information remains relevant!  Thank you!

Explore all 9 Virtual Studio offerings below:

Held Virtually the Week of July 12-16
Intended for: Rising 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Grade Students
Camp Lead: Mike Gasaway
This virtual experience will teach students the cutting-edge animation techniques used by Hollywood. This virtual Animation Studio is taught by Emmy Award-winning director, Mike Gasaway. Mike is a UC graduate who has directed several shows for Nickelodeon (Jimmy Neutron, Back at the Barnyard, and Planet Sheen) and loves to teach this art to camp students.  In this virtual Animation Studio, students will learn how 3D animation software works by creating and utilizing two of the main effects that all  animators learn when they begin the process. The presentations are streamlined and easy to understand. Throughout the sessions, students will have time to interact with the instructor as they are working.  

Video link: https://www.youtube.com/embed/KxjdhFWU-HE?rel=0

Held Virtually the Week of July 12-16
Intended for: Rising 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Grade Students
Camp Lead: Stephen Slaughter 
In this virtual studio, students will be able to dive into life as an architecture student at University of Cincinnati. This immersive, virtual experience introduces the discipline of architecture. Students will receive instruction in architectural abstraction and guidance through workshops on drawing, model building, and computer-aided design (CAD), along with interacting with working professional Architects and Designers. Students will participate in large-group presentations, demonstrations and instruction, then break into small-groups to complete individual projects and work together, along with an Architecture/Interior Design student/grad as a small-group guide and mentor.

Video link: https://www.youtube.com/embed/V8kw8g3z9TE?rel=0

Held Virtually the Week of June 14-18
Intended for: Rising 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Grade Students

Camp Lead: Calle Evans
The virtual Fashion Design Studio will be dive into the essential elements of the fashion design process. Students will begin by exploring trend forecasting and concept development and then move through drawing and fabrication teachings. At the end of the studio, students will deliver their own final original collection. Further exploration in this virtual studio experience will include the garment production cycle, future-casting, sustainability, and the many careers within this massive industry. The Fashion Design virtual studio will be led by DAAP alumna and California fashion designer, Calle Evans.

Video link: https://www.youtube.com/embed/BLgrGKH_ZTs?rel=0

Held Virtually the Week of July 19-23
Intended for: Rising 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Grade Students
Camp Lead: Samantha Haring
Drawing is at the heart of every creative practice. Whether your passion is graphic design, architecture, interior design, fashion, animation, or any other design discipline, excellent drawing skills will be your constant companion. This remote camp will provide you with the opportunity to explore a wide range of drawing experiences, including cast drawing, master copies, and an introduction to color, all from the comfort of home. Students will have access to multiple prerecorded demos for each project as well as live group video discussions each day, giving the student the flexibility to draw at their own pace. No prior experience is needed. All work produced during this week-long Drawing Intensive experience will be geared toward building a portfolio for future school or scholarship applications. 

Video link: https://www.youtube.com/embed/Pm17l0dp3-s?rel=0

Held Virtually the Week of July 12-16
Intended for: Rising 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Grade Students
Camp Lead: Laurie L. Wilson, along with daily guests/leads and professionals in each of the fields being explored.
The Experience of Design Virtual Studio is a sampler camp for students just wanting an overview and a short dive into of the various disciplines of design offered at DAAP, including some of the foundational aspects that underscore all curriculum. Each day will be divided into morning and afternoon sessions and each session will include an overview, a discussion with a professional in the field, a Q &A and a hands-on experience if it is applicable. You will also experience foundational aspects such as drawing, sketching, problem-solving individually and in small groups.  Come prepared for insights and discovery.  Disciplines discussed will include Graphic Design, Industrial Design/Shoe Design, Fashion Design, Urban Design, Interior Design, and more.  Remember, we are only highlighting these topics in a few hours each.  If you feel that you want to dig deeper and understand at a deeper level, please sign up for one of the virtual or in-person camps in a specific subject or discipline of design.  We are looking forward to launching this virtual sampler camp this summer! Your camp lead is the Director of DAAPcamps and Associate Director for the College, Laurie L. Wilson.

Group photo of campers sitting on the grand stair case at DAAP

Held Virtually the Week of June 14-18
Intended for: Rising 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Grade Students

Camp Lead: Edward-Victor Sanchez
The Fine Art Virtual Studio provides an overview of facts, details, and stories of what makes up “studio art”.  Each day focus on the study of a different media– drawing, painting, sculpture, installations and mixed media. Students will examine and learn what makes each of these unique. The virtual studio will explore the works of some key figures of each discipline and apply the findings to their own project work. In this unique experience, students will connect
with artists from different parts of the country and share their ideas and views. This virtual studio will promote conversations and teamwork among its participants and will offer student the opportunity to receive personal feedback to develop and enhance their craft and skills.

Video link: https://www.youtube.com/embed/RVnTBY9iY8M?rel=0

Held Virtually the Week of June 14-18
Intended for: Rising 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Grade Students

Camp Lead: Patti Bresler
This virtual studio will focus on the following areas of design: Understanding Branding through Logo Design, Understanding 3D Packaging Design, Understanding Signage through Way-finding Design, and Understanding Interactive Design. Throughout the process students will be interacting with DAAP Alumni, from each area of expertise, who will share their experiences and passion. Student work will be constructively critiqued and shared with peers in the studio. This virtual studio will be taught by Patti Bresler. Patti is a passionate DAAP Alumna from the Graphic Design program that has practiced in the field of Branding and Package Design for over 30 years. A Board member for the UC DAAP Alumni Association since 2009, Patti has been involved in a variety of events within DAAP that promote the programs and she hired UC Co-op students for Brandimage Cincinnati, for over 15 years. She started her own business in 2019, PB Design, and works with a variety of clients in branding and consumer packaging.

Video link: https://www.youtube.com/embed/sh-rUSfIlWs?rel=0

Held Virtually the Week of July 19-23
Intended for: Rising 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Grade Students

Camp Lead: Josh Haldeman
This program is designed to afford discovery and/or enhancement of the student's understanding of the field of industrial design as well as the opportunities that the world-renowned Industrial Design program at DAAP has to offer. Through this course, students will get a virtual sampling of the full DAAP experience, including: Live Q&A with DAAP faculty, staff and students, Tours of the DAAP library, studios, labs, shops, open spaces, and more,  Tutorials and demos from UC ID alumni currently working in the field, Professional design office tours from around the country,Lectures from a variety of design leaders and other industry experts, and Social interaction with other like-minded participants from across the country and around the world. Students will use these resources and more to complete a real-world design challenge that will culminate in the creation of a physical real-world product. This challenge will walk you through the steps of a design process, including: Identifying and defining problems, conducting design research, brainstorming ideas, creating 2D sketches and 3D models, Evaluating ideas through testing, Creating your physical product, and Presenting your solution.

Video link: https://www.youtube.com/embed/HGPVWsgAOLM?rel=0

Held Virtually the Week of July 19-23
Intended for: Rising 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Grade Students

Camp Lead: Charley Hudak
Are you a fan of footwear? Do you watch for the latest collab or drop to hit social media?  Do you always have ideas on how a new design could have been even more fly? The Shoe Design Camp is a one-week intensive seminar taught by DAAP industrial design graduates who are now professionals in the footwear design industry. Students will work virtually, side-by-side with these footwear design professionals, learning the fundamentals of the craft and the strategy behind product development; true skills that will prepare them to study any discipline of design in the future. Your Virtual Camp Developer/Camp Lead is Charley Hudak, DAAP Grad and Lead Designer at Puma Golf Footwear.  Charley has had many years of diverse and exciting experience in shoe design from working directly with athletes to spending months overseas in product and shoe development.  Charley is the originator of the DAAPcamp Shoe Design Studio and he is passionate about opening the doors of footwear design to this generation of designers.

Students at a table working on a shoe design in the DAAP studio