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DAAPcamps Virtual Summer Studios are occurring now!

Registration is now closed for 2020 DAAPcamps Virtual Studio experiences. We wish to give a great round of “Thanks” to the campers who have joined us this summer to participate in our virtual camp experience and the creative opportunities available at DAAP!

We are  tremendously grateful to our Camp Leads who graciously and enthusiastically created and delivered these experiences. Thanks to:  Edward-Victor Sanchez, Animation; Samantha Haring, Drawing Intensive; Calle Evans, Fashion Design; Mike Gasaway, Animation; Stephen Slaughter, Architecture and Interior Design; and Patti Bresler, Graphic Communication Design. 

Reception of the “Virtual Summer Studios” has been very positive and we plan to offer virtual opportunities in addition to our “in-person” DAAPcamps offerings in future years. 

Please direct any questions to:

We look forward to the future as, “Together, We Create What Will Be!”

Laurie Wilson Introduces DAAPcamps Virtual Summer Studios
DAAPcamps is offering individualized programs in many of our most popular disciplines of study. Each Virtual Summer Studio is a combination of synchronous (live online group settings) and asynchronous (pre-recorded teaching, presentations, tours, etc.). Every live engagement is being recorded, therefore, if a participant's schedule does not allow them to participate in real time, they will still be able to access the session and content after it is completed. This is the perfect opportunity to get your friends and family from around the country (or the world) to join you for a Virtual Summer Studio.

Explore all 8 Virtual Summer Studio offerings below. 

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DAAPcamps Virtual Summer Studios: JULY 20-24, 2020 (Registration for these sessions is now closed)

Middle School Virtual Summer Art Experience

Intended for: Rising 6th, 7th and 8th Grade Students
Camp Lead: Edward Victor Sanchez
Participant fee: $300

The Middle School Virtual Art Experience is a virtual art-making and art-sharing experience.  It will focus on the development of projects that integrate originality with copying; the use of traditional art materials with found or “not-art” materials; and the mix of different media such as drawing, painting, sculpture, and installations.  

Each day you will learn about details that make each of these disciplines and techniques unique, the artists that use such techniques, and you will be given a series of exercises and guidelines that you will use to develop ideas of your own.  
You will also have the opportunity to talk to artists from different parts of the country and hear about their experiences. 

This virtual camp will promote conversations and teamwork among the participants and will give you the opportunity to receive personal feedback on how to develop and enhance your craft and skills. 

Industrial Design Virtual Summer Studio Experience

Intended for: Rising 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Grade Students
Camp Lead: Josh Haldeman
Participant fee: $400

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
  • 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
  • Presenting your solution
Meet Josh Haldeman

Drawing Intensive Virtual Summer Studio Experience

Intended for: Rising 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th Grade Students
Camp Lead: Samantha Haring
Participant fee: $400

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. 

Meet Samantha Haring

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DAAPcamps Virtual Summer Studios: JULY 27-31, 2020 (Registration for these sessions is now closed)

Animation Virtual Summer Studio Experience

Intended for: Rising 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Grade Students
Camp Lead: Mike Gasaway
Participant fee: $400

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. 

Meet Mike Gasaway

Fashion Design Virtual Summer Studio Experience

Intended for: Rising 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Grade Students
Camp Lead: Calle Evans
Participant fee: $400

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.

Meet Calle Evans

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DAAPcamps Virtual Summer Studios: AUGUST 3-7, 2020 (Registration for these sessions is now closed)

Architecture/Interior Design Virtual Summer Studio Experience

Intended for: Rising 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Grade Students
Camp Lead: Stephen Slaughter
Participant fee: $400

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).  

Meet Stephen Slaughter

Communication Graphic Design Virtual Summer Studio Experience

Intended for: Rising 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Grade Students
Camp Lead: Patti Bresler
Participant fee: $400

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
  • 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. In addition, students will create their own personal design that will then be generated on fabric for a custom face mask. 

This virtual studio will be taught by Patti Bresler. Patti is a passionate DAAP Alumni 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. 

Meet Patti Bresler


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Please Note:
All Virtual Summer Studio experiences require a computer and internet access in order to participate in the camp.  Any programs required for your experience will be complimentary and the downloading instruction will be handled during your first day or as directed by your Camp Lead.   

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