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The Center for Architecture offers After-School Programs for students in grades 3-12, discovering architecture and design through exploration, drawing, and hands-on building activities.

After-School Programs for Fall 2020 will be offered in an online format. Programs are 8 sessions long and meet once or twice a week. Details about themes, dates, and registration are below. Necessary materials will be shipped for all programs other than those labeled Digital Design.

Need-based scholarships are available. For more information, see our Scholarship Application Instructions and Financial Need Form. The application deadline is September 15 for programs beginning in October and October 20 for programs beginning in November. 

Looking for weekend programming for high school students? Consider Design Discovery.

Check out our FAQs for online programs. For further questions, please email k12education@centerforarchitecture.org.

Sponsors

After-School Programs are supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council.

After-School Programs

Registration for all Fall 2020 Online After-School Programs is now open!

From Stories to Structures (Grades 3-5) Mondays and Wednesdays, October 5 - November 2

Time: 3:30 – 5:30 pm

Days: Mondays and Wednesdays

Dates: October 5, October 7, October 14, October 19, October 21, October 26, October 28, and November 2.

Please note: the program will not meet on October 12

Price: $400

If you’ve ever wanted to jump into your favorite story, movie, or graphic novel, here’s your chance! In this class, we’ll explore the architecture of our imaginations and learn how to bring a favorite story to life. Students will be introduced to fundamentals of structure and design as they learn how to create architectural plans and models and develop their own designs for fictional buildings and places they’ve always wanted to visit. 

Places We Live (Grades 3-5) Tuesdays and Thursdays, October 6 - October 29

Time: 3:30 – 5:30 pm

Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays

Dates: October 6, October 8, October 13, October 15, October 20, October 22, October 27, and October 29.

Price: $400

Using New York City’s architecture as inspiration, students will examine and compare how homes have changed over time, from indigenous dwellings to modern skyscrapers. Each week, students will take on the role of architects as they design and build models of homes from past, present, and future, learning how advances in technology and changes in society have created new types of buildings. Over the course of the program, students will create a 3D timeline of residential architecture, ending with their own ideas for how we will live in the future. 

Architecture Across America (Grades 6-8) Mondays and Wednesdays, October 5 - November 2

Time: 3:30 – 5:30 pm

Days: Mondays and Wednesdays

Dates: October 5, October 7, October 14, October 19, October 21, October 26, October 28, and November 2.

Please note: the program will not meet on October 12

Price: $400

Tired of being at home? Come explore architecture across America with us this fall! Each week we’ll travel to iconic buildings and sites to explore great American architecture, from indigenous structures to the organic architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright and the clean lines of modernism to cutting-edge green buildings addressing today’s climate issues. Each week, students will build their understanding of design as they create their own 2-D and 3-D design projects exploring key architectural ideas presented in these different examples. As a final project, students will imagine what American architecture of the future will look like and create their own designs for what comes next. 

Introduction to Digital Design (Grades 6-8) Tuesdays and Thursdays, October 6 - October 29

Time: 3:30 – 5:30 pm

Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays

Dates: October 6, October 8, October 13, October 15, October 20, October 22, October 27, and October 29.

Price: $360

This 8-session after-school class introduces students to SketchUp, a fun and free digital design program used by professional designers. Students will learn the ins and outs of the software, and of the architectural design process, as they work on several small design projects, culminating in the design of their own ideal personal shelter. A great tool for continued 3-D modeling for fun and for school projects.

Students will need a laptop or desktop computer, a 3-click mouse, and Windows 10, 8, or 7 or Mac OS 10 operating system. This class cannot be done on a tablet, phone, or Chromebook.

Please Note: No materials will be shipped for this program. We ask all students to provide pencils, pens, blank paper, crayons/markers/colored pencils, scissors, and a ruler or straightedge.  

Drawing Architecture (Grades 9-12) Tuesdays, October 6 - December 1

Time: 3:30 – 5:30 pm

Days: Tuesdays

Dates: October 6, October 13, October 20, October 27, November 10, November 17, November 24, and December 1.

Please note: the program will not meet on November 3

Price: $400

Take some time this fall to develop your architectural drawing skills! With a focus on free-hand sketching, participants will be introduced to a range of drawing techniques including one and two-point perspectives, as well as methods for shading and rendering different materials. Students will create drawings using their own locations as well as through shared class content. This is a great chance to create some new portfolio pieces! 

Places We Live (Grades 3-5) Mondays and Wednesdays, November 9 - December 7

Time: 3:30 – 5:30 pm

Days: Mondays and Wednesdays

Dates: November 9, November 11, November 16, November 18, November 23, November 30, December 2, and December 7.

Please note: the program will not meet on November 25

Price: $400

Using New York City’s architecture as inspiration, students will examine and compare how homes have changed over time, from indigenous dwellings to modern skyscrapers. Each week, students will take on the role of architects as they design and build models of homes from past, present, and future, learning how advances in technology and changes in society have created new types of buildings. Over the course of the program, students will create a 3D timeline of residential architecture, ending with their own ideas for how we will live in the future. 

From Stories to Structures (Grades 3-5) Tuesdays and Thursdays, November 10 - December 8

Time: 3:30 – 5:30 pm

Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays

Dates: November 10, November 12, November 17, November 19, November 24, December 1, December 3, and December 8.

Please note: the program will not meet on November 26

Price: $400

If you’ve ever wanted to jump into your favorite story, movie, or graphic novel, here’s your chance! In this class, we’ll explore the architecture of our imaginations and learn how to bring a favorite story to life. Students will be introduced to fundamentals of structure and design as they learn how to create architectural plans and models and develop their own designs for fictional buildings and places they’ve always wanted to visit. 

Introduction to Digital Design (Grades 6-8) Mondays and Wednesdays, November 9 - December 7

Time: 3:30 – 5:30 pm

Days: Mondays and Wednesdays

Dates: November 9, November 11, November 16, November 18, November 23, November 30, December 2, December 7.

Please note: the program will not meet on November 25

Price: $360

This 8-session after-school class introduces students to SketchUp, a fun and free digital design program used by professional designers. Students will learn the ins and outs of the software, and of the architectural design process, as they work on several small design projects, culminating in the design of their own ideal personal shelter. A great tool for continued 3-D modeling for fun and for school projects.

Students will need a laptop or desktop computer, a 3-click mouse, and Windows 10, 8, or 7 or Mac OS 10 operating system. This class cannot be done on a tablet, phone, or Chromebook.

Please Note: No materials will be shipped for this program. We ask all students to provide pencils, pens, blank paper, crayons/markers/colored pencils, scissors, and a ruler or straightedge.  

Architecture Across America (Grades 6-8) Tuesdays and Thursdays, November 10 - December 8

Time: 3:30 – 5:30 pm

Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays

Dates: November 10, November 12, November 17, November 19, November 24, December 1, December 3, and December 8.

Please note: the program will not meet on November 26

Price: $400

Tired of being at home? Come explore architecture across America with us this fall! Each week we’ll travel to iconic buildings and sites to explore great American architecture, from indigenous structures to the organic architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright and the clean lines of modernism to cutting-edge green buildings addressing today’s climate issues. Each week, students will build their understanding of design as they create their own 2-D and 3-D design projects exploring key architectural ideas presented in these different examples. As a final project, students will imagine what American architecture of the future will look like and create their own designs for what comes next. 

Advanced Digital Design: Building Community (Grades 7-12) Mondays and Wednesdays, November 9 - December 7

Time: 3:30 – 5:30 pm

Days: Mondays and Wednesdays

Dates: November 9, November 11, November 16, November 18, November 23, November 30, December 2, and December 7.

Please note: the program will not meet on November 25

Price: $360

Take your SketchUp skills to the next level with this advanced digital design class. Prerequisite is successful completion of a prior CFA Digital Design SketchUp class.

What are some of the issues impacting our communities today and how can architecture help address them? Students will choose their own site and learn how to use geo-location tools to import this into SketchUp as a starting point for their project. Class activities will help students build fluency with digital design techniques and architectural ideas as they develop their own designs for a building that promotes civic and community engagement.

Students will need a laptop or desktop computer, a 3-click mouse, and Windows 10, 8, or 7 or Mac OS 10 operating system. This class cannot be done on a tablet, phone, or Chromebook.

Please Note: No materials will be shipped for this program. We ask all students to provide pencils, pens, blank paper, crayons/markers/colored pencils, scissors, and a ruler or straightedge.  

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