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The Center for Architecture’s After-School Programs are offered throughout the school year. Each program explores an architectural topic of interest through art activities and design challenges, building students’ design skills and understanding over a series of sessions.

After-School Programs for Winter/Spring 2021 will be offered in an online format. Programs are 8 sessions long and meet twice a week. Details about themes, dates, and registration are below. 

Need-based scholarships are available. For more information, see our Scholarship Application Instructions and Financial Need Form. Application deadline for April programs: March 15.

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 2021 Online After-School Programs is now open! Customized program material kits will be shipped for all programs, except those labeled Digital Design. Students in non-digital classes are asked to supply their own pencil/pen, scissors, crayons/markers/colored pencils, and ruler or straightedge. Digital Design students must havpaper, pencil, and a laptop or desktop computer, three-click mouse, and Windows 10, 8, or 7 or Mac OS 10 operating system to download SketchUp softwareWeb-based software can be used on a Chromebook, but Digital Design classes cannot be done on a tablet or phone.  

Architectural Wonders of the World (Grades 3-5) Mondays and Wednesdays, February 22 - March 17, 2021

Time: 3:30 – 5:00 pm

Days: Mondays and Wednesdays

Dates: February 22, February 24, March 1, March 3, March 8, March 10, March 15, and March 17.

Price: $325

Travel with us to explore great architectural wonders of the world! We will investigate ancient and new wonders of the world including the Great Pyramids of Giza, the Colosseum, Burj Khalifa and many more. Students will create their own designs inspired by these amazing buildings and structures and learn new design techniques and strategies along the way. Got some wonder-ful design ideas of your own? We’ll end with students creating their own architectural wonders for the 21st Century! 

This Program is Sold Out - to be added to the waitlist, email k12education@centerforarchitecture.org.

Apartment Ambition (Grades 6-8) Mondays and Wednesdays, February 22 - March 17, 2021

Time: 3:30 – 5:30 pm

Days: Mondays and Wednesdays

Dates: February 22, February 24, March 1, March 3, March 8, March 10, March 15, and March 17.

Price: $400

Homes are often reflections of the people who live in them. What perspective would you bring to your home if you were able to design and build it yourself? This workshop will provide you with hands-on skills in scale drawing, model making and design thinking. Get inspired by some unusual and radical apartments and create your own dream apartment at 1/2" scale! 

Registration for this program is closed.

Drawing Architecture (Grades 9-12) Tuesdays and Thursdays, February 23 - March 18, 2021

Time: 3:30 – 5:30 pm

Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays

Dates: February 23, February 25, March 2, March 4, March 9, March 11, March 16, and March 18.

Price: $400

Take some time this winter 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. This hybrid class leverages the benefits of online instruction, which allows us to explore architectural marvels around the world and use digital annotation tools, while building students’ hand drawing skills using a large format sketchbook and drawing supplies sent to each student. This is a great chance to create some new portfolio pieces! 

This Program is Sold Out - to be added to the waitlist, email k12education@centerforarchitecture.org. 

Planning for Planet Earth (Grades 3-5) Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 6 - 29, 2021

Time: 3:30 – 5:00 pm

Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays

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

Price: $325

In this 8-session after-school program, students will learn all about the power of green design and why it matters. We’ll investigate renewable energy sources, think up ways to be kind to the planet through our daily choices and actions, and explore how best to use green design strategies in our very own building designs! Then, we’ll draw-up our ideas and make them come to life. By the end of the program, each student will have built, by hand, a model of their very own green building.  

Building Green (Grades 6-8) Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 6 - 29, 2021

Time: 3:30 – 5:30 pm

Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays

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

Price: $400

In this 8-session after-school program, students will learn all about the power of green design and why it matters. We’ll investigate renewable energy sources, think up ways to be kind to the planet through our daily choices and actions, and explore how best to use green design strategies in our very own building designs! Then, we’ll draw-up our ideas and make them come to life. By the end of the program, each student will have built, by hand, a model of their very own green building.  

Introduction to Digital Design (Grades 9-12) Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 6 - 29, 2021

Time: 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays

Dates: April 6, April 8, April 13, April 15, April 20, April 22, April 27, and April 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 create designs for their own ideal personal shelter. Develop a unique piece for your portfolio and gain skills to continue 3D digital modeling for personal or school projects.

Students will need a laptop or desktop computer, a three-click mouse, and Windows 10, 8, or 7 or Mac OS 10 operating system to download SketchUp software. Web-based software can be used on a Chromebook, but Digital Design classes cannot be done on a tablet or phone. 

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