Grades 5–8

Location: Visual Arts Bldg., Room 1021

Become a Young Architect! Develop your own ideas, floor plans, and other architectural drawings, and build a model of your own dream structure. Using the Purchase College campus—with its varied contemporary examples of architecture and landscape—as inspiration, learn drawing techniques and varied ways of showing perspective. Create architectural drawings during the first week in order to build a model of your dream structure during the second week. Work on your own unique building design and display your drawings and models for family and friends.

Typical Day

  • The aspiring architects will explore the campus’s own architecture and sketch on-site with a variety of artistic media (weather dependent, of course!), as well as  look at several documentary style shows about architecture and building.
  • There will be an hour lunch break that includes time for relaxation outdoors!
  • A Studio Work Session will follow – each day will build upon the previous day’s materials and techniques. During these sessions, the aspiring architects will use their knowledge and skills to create their own dream structure!

Session Descriptions: Discussion of Architectural Styles

Throughout the course, architects will be presented with examples (documentaries, photographs, sketches, and architectural drawings) of architectural styles from a variety of locations around the world. These sessions will serve as inspiration for discussion, as well as push the edges of their own dream structures.

On-Site Sketching Around Campus

Each morning, weather permitting, we will explore a different part of campus to look at interior and exterior spaces. The architects will be guided in using different sketching techniques as well as a variety of artistic media (pencil, color pencil, and pen techniques). A small group “critique” at the end of each on-site sketching session will provide a time for sharing ideas among peers.

Studio Work Sessions

Afternoon Studio Work Sessions will provide a solid block of time for the architects to begin formulating their ideas for a structure of their dreams. The earlier sessions will be spent brainstorming in small groups and individually, as well as drawing and trying out the architectural tools and techniques that are presented. Towards the end of the first week, the architects will have several drawings of their dream structure that they will use to begin building a model during the second week. The architects will work individually on their own projects while being supported by both teachers and visiting architects along with their fellow architects – ideas will flow with excitement from one work space to another during these sessions!

*Our daily schedule will be adjusted to the needs of the students as a whole class to allow ample time to complete their models.

Session II: July 15–26
Monday–Friday, 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
$1,200 for the first registration
$1,080 for the second registration in the family, Purchase College employees and alumni, and early registrations (received by May 10, 2019)

For a well-rounded summer, combine this program with Young Artists, Young Photographers, eSports Apprentice - YouTube© Streamers and Gamers, Battle Royale: Make Your First Fortnite® Style Video Game, Young Filmmakers, Young Writers, and/or Web App Creator and Python Programmer to maximize your creative experience.

Discount for enrolling in multiple programs.

About the Instructors