New After-School & Weekend Classes, Clubs & Camps for Young Designers Cover Topics Like Minecraft, Coding, Earth Guardians, Skateboarding & More
Adult & Teen Programming Offers Lifelong Learning Opportunities, Explores the Intersection of Design & Climate Change, & More
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) announces a new lineup of online classes, workshops and events for adults, teens and children. The museum has also launched a new virtual version of The Design of Dissent, an exhibition that addresses social and political concerns in the U.S. and across the globe, in addition to the online exhibition Learning from Nature: The Future of Design, which went live this summer. As the museum remains temporarily closed, MODA is continually adapting to continue its mission of bringing design to the community through their celebrated children’s and adult programs.
YOUNG DESIGNER PROGRAMMING:
After successfully pivoting their children’s camps to an online atmosphere this summer, campMODA will continue to offer a series of virtual after-school and weekend programs for young designers throughout the fall. The programs will teach young designers ages eight to 18 how to use design thinking and STEAM skills (science, technology, engineering, art and math) to creatively solve problems and address challenges while practicing empathy, working collaboratively and thinking critically. The virtual programs and clubs will cover various topics and skills –– from Minecraft and coding to civic engagement and architecture –– and each will feature hands-on learning opportunities and creative brainstorming sessions. MODA’s full list of virtual afterschool programs and young designer clubs is available online here and features classes including:
- Storytelling with 2D Animation – Discover the process of animating a story, from the first sketch to the final render. Students will also learn about audio scrubbing and editing in order to give their stories a sound dimension.
- Minecraft Mysteries – Learn to use Minecraft as a way of exploring ancient structures like the Great Pyramid at Giza, Machu Picchu, and the Great Library of Alexandria.
- Earth Guardians – Dissect and discuss many of today’s social, political and environmental issues and how they affect yourself and the world around you.
- Young Architect’s Society – Explore how architects work and design buildings and cityscapes while learning about the relationship between nature and the built environment.
With many schools offering at-home learning this year, MODA has also created a selection of virtual field trips and workshops for parents, schools and groups to utilize for young designers. Featuring options for first through twelfth graders, the classes and workshops bring design, STEAM skills and more to children across the country. Subject matter ranges from 3D printing, biomimicry and coding to elections and space, with options for all experience levels. The full list of online field trips and classes can be found here, and all school programs are aligned to Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE).
TEEN & ADULT EDUCATION, EVENTS & MORE:
MODA has also introduced additional adult online classes, workshops and events that offer lifelong learning opportunities for teens and adults, including courses on using Adobe After Effects, upcycling with embroidery, tactical urbanism and more.
In the Design RE Climate Change interview series, MODA’s Malaysia Marshall talks to designers and creatives whose work explores the important topic of climate change and highlights how design is one of the most powerful tools in reversing it and raising awareness about its effects.
Drink in Design is a free, online series that brings together beloved creatives who each offer a look into their home, studio or maker space, and talk about their work, career trajectory and thoughts as the world takes a new form. Coming up next, artist Amy Youngs will discuss the interdependencies between technology, plants and animals on September 8; guest moderator Aileen Farshi will talk animation with OK Motion Club, an Atlanta-based female animation collection, on September 29; and MODA’s team will welcome Giving Kitchen on October 6 to cover how the organization provides emergency assistance to food service workers through financial support and a network of community resources.
For the full schedule of teen and adult programming, please click here.
In addition to online workshops and events, MODA also offers virtual exhibitions. The museum invites viewers to join curators, designers and educators for online visits to MODA’s exhibitions – past and present – and navigate through each exhibition while traveling from room to room virtually.
- The Design of Dissent: The Design of Dissent virtually showcases graphic works that address social and political concerns here in the U.S. and across the globe. The posters featured in the exhibition are drawn from two sources: an exhibition curated by esteemed graphic designers Milton Glaser and Mirko Ilić that compiles contemporary posters and printed materials designed to address injustices and the body of work commissioned and crowd-sourced and commissioned by Amplifier.org, a design lab that uses art to amplify the voices of grassroots movements and works with a community of social change partners to build symbols, language and distribution strategies that can change the national narrative.
- Learning From Nature: The Future of Design: The virtual exhibition demonstrates how designers are finding sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies without ever leaving their homes. Developed in collaboration with Biomimcry 3.8, Learning from Nature invites visitors to learn about biomimicry, the imitation of nature to solve complex human problems, while engaging with global climate challenges and exploring creative design solutions.
About Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA)
Located within the Midtown Arts Corridor since 2011, MODA is the only museum in the Southeast devoted exclusively to the study and celebration of all things design. The museum defines design as a creative process that inspires change, transforms lives and makes the world a better place, an idea that informs all of its exhibitions and programs. The museum offers an extensive range of adult programs, as well as educational programs and camps for children. For more information, visit www.museumofdesign.org or call 404.979.6455.
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