Digital Art & Design Classes

Unleash your creativity in the exciting world of digital media! Make movies. Architect buildings. Sculpt in virtual Clay. Engineer bridges. Use a 3D printer!

Fall 2020 Digital Art & Design Classes

Does your student have a budding interest in architecture, construction or engineering buildings and structures? Or, are they more interested in sculpting, 3D art, and 3D printing? Our Digital Art & Design classes bring together the best in STEM and art! Students will explore essential and complementary ways to design in three dimensions.

What kid doesn’t love movies? Students can make their own in our popular digital animation classes that combine imaginative storytelling, hands-on crafts, and digital creativity tools. Students will create movie projects to take home and share with family and friends.

When you join our new After School STEM enrichment program – BUILD, you’ll have access to dozens of classes, available after school and weekends. Monthly membership includes two 1-hour classes each week with options across our five STEM domains – Coding, Robotics, Digital Art & Design, Video Game Design and Minecraft. Learn more about all that your BUILD membership includes when you schedule your free consultation and class.

Interested in Private STEM coding lessons, Empods – our STEM learning pods, or our Classroom Solution for virtual students? Please contact us to learn more!

All Digital Art & Design Classes are available Live Virtual, or in our Lexington and Newton Studios.

Class Schedules Now Available!

Our Digital Art & Design Classes are available after school on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. We will continue to add new class schedules – so check back often!

Does your child have a budding interest in architecture, construction or engineering buildings and structures? Or, are they more interested in sculpting, 3D art, and 3D printing? We’ve got the class for you! In this program, students will explore three essential and complementary ways to design in three dimensions. We’ll start with Tinkercad, where we will apply the concept of Constructive Solid Geometry towards designing a solid, often linear and symmetrical object — such as furniture, wrench or chess piece. Next, we’ll build in virtual clay, using Sculptris, and gain exposure to conceiving of 3D rounded surfaces as a collection of flat triangles or other polygons (mesh geometry). And, last, we will explore larger 3-dimensional spaces, with both internal and external design elements, by architecting houses using Sweet Home 3D. This is a super fun class that brings together the best in STEM and art!

  • Result: 3D prints from your Tinkercad or Sculptris projects, and walk-through videos of your architectural design
  • Badge Levels Earned: 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Sessions Available: Monday: 4:15pm – 5:15pm ET, Tuesday: 3:30 – 4:30 ET, Wednesday: 3:15pm – 4:15pm ET, Thursday: 4:15pm – 5:15pm ET and 5:15pm – 6:15pm ET, Friday: 4:15pm – 5:15pm ET

NEW. Building on what they learned in our introductory 3D class, students will model and sculpt complex mechanical objects such as hinges, wind instruments, and other items with moving parts. To complete these fun projects, students will learn best practices in 3D printing — to ensure that their designs are printable — and how to design objects that are structurally sound. We are excited to be offering this class for the first time in response to student demand for more advanced 3D art and design classes.

  • Result: 3D prints of complex mechanical items
  • Badge Levels Earned: 3, 4, 5, 6 
  • Sessions Available: Monday: 4:15pm – 5:15pm ET

NEW. Calling on budding architects! This is the class for you! Come build more sophisticated living and working spaces. Learn about functionality, historical styles, esthetics, building materials, commercial construction, fire safety, accessibility, and many other considerations that go into designing amazing spaces. When you’re done, you will have a completed building plan, with multiple perspectives and a walk through video. This is design and tech at its best.

  • Result: Complete architectural renderings from multiple perspectives and with video walk through
  • Badge Levels Earned: 3, 4, 5, 6 
  • Sessions Available: Coming Soon – Register today to join our Waitlist

What kid doesn’t love movies?! Now they can make their own! This introductory class explores two forms of animation: stop-motion, and digital. Students create their own stories in the form of a storyboard complete with characters and scenes. They then learn to use two different methods to turn that vision into a movie — digital and stop-motion — and gain insights into the benefits and challenges of each technique. This class combines imaginative story-telling, hands-on crafts, and digital creativity tools. Students finished movie projects are available to take home to share with family and friends.

  • Result: Two small movies that can be uploaded to YouTube and shared with family and friends
  • Badge Levels Earned: 1, 2, 3, 4 
  • Sessions Available: Tuesday: 5:15pm – 6:15pm ET, Wednesday: 4:15pm – 5:15pm ET

NEW. This program is ideal for kids who want to dive deeper into digital animation. As students progress through the class creating their open animations, they will graduate from a simple digital animation tool, Stykz, to a more robust yet still accessible program, OpenToonz. To make more complete and complex movies, they will learn to design unique characters, map out their plot and actions, add background music and sound effects, and other essential principles of animation. The result is solid foundation of knowledge about movie storytelling, visualization, and digital animation technology, a finished movie that can be uploaded to YouTube, and the fun and enthusiasm to keep then wanting to learn more!

  • Result: At least two movies of increasing complexity incorporating a broader array of components
  • Badge Levels Earned: 4, 5, 6 
  • Sessions Available: Coming Soon – Register today to join our Waitlist

NEW. For kids that want to dive deeper into stop-motion animation and produce more robust movies, this is the perfect class! Building on students’ prior experience with stop-motion animation, students will tackle more challenging projects, and learn how to plan the plot using a storyboard, design characters, write and record dialogue, build backdrops, add music and sound effects, and use HUE animation software to bring it all together. This program supplies kids with production experience and tech skills to be independent creators.

  • Result: A longer, richer animated movie that can be shared with friends and uploaded to YouTube
  • Badge Levels Earned: 4, 5, 6
  • Sessions Available: Coming Soon – Register today to join our Waitlist

Let us help you find the best classes for your child. Schedule your free consultation and class today.

Contact us or call at 800-456-4949.
Interested in classes for a family pod or group of friends?  Want to take more than one class? Need full-day sessions? We are here to help. Please call today.

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