Saturday, April 24, 2010

Terrace Town Featured in Schools Arts Magazine

Terrace Town is a student experience in urban planning held at the Monona Terrace Convention Center in Madison, Wisconsin. The latest issue of School Arts magazine, published by Davis Publishing, includes an article by Heather Sabin of Monona Terrace on this event held every other year.

Terrace Town (right) includes 10,000 square feet of model cities created by over 1200 elementary school students. It takes place in, and gets its name from Monona Terrace (left) which is a stunning Frank Lloyd Wright structure on Lake Monona in Madison, Wisconsin. Terrace Town is a fun and educational event for families highlights how cities are planned, what makes a quality city, and how citizens can participate in the improvement of the built environment.

Terrace Town is modeled after Box City, the urban planning exercise for students designed by Ginny Graves and the Center for Understanding the Built Environment (CUBE)

People who come to marvel at this accomplishment can join in family-friendly activities including building their own addition to "Terrace Town" and playing with large building blocks.

Click on the heading above to see how volunteers work with students in their schools to help develop their Terrace Town projects.

4th Annual Visioneer Design Challenge a Big Success

The Wisconsin Art Education Association held its 4th annual Visioneer Design Challenge at the Peck School of Art, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee on April 23, 2010. About 150 students from schools across the state participated in the festival. This year's theme was Green Environment.

The Visioneer Design Challenge is a statewide learning program and competition for high school and middle school students interested in design arts connecting with professional designers in each field. Eleven Challenges have been developed by professional designers. These challenges cover design in everyday things, design of spaces and places, design for communication and information and design for human interaction.

Other states are planning to develop their own Visioneer Design Challenges and the International Design Education Alliance for Schools (IDEAS) is planning to hold a national festival so students from across the country can meet and share experiences.

Melissa Carlson took these pictures during the event. To learn more about the annual event click on the heading above.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

New Filmmaker's Social Networking Site to Discover New Talent

Want to learn how to make a movie from Hollywood professionals? This new site lets you interact with people who make Hollywood movies.™ announced the beta launch of its new filmmakers’ social networking website. The site combines filmmaking skills such as writing, directing, producing and acting, all within an online, interactive game where players compete throughout the year for their shot at producing a $20,000 short film in Los Angeles.

In this new back lot environment, players walk from building to building, cultivating a networking world wherein they bump into someone they do not know but soon will. Armed with comprehensive filmmaking tools and resources one finds on a studio lot, helps players gain unprecedented access to the studio system directly, anywhere, anytime. offers an immersive suite of features and functionalities including: sound and music design, a screening room and critic’s corner, tutorials, script library and video interviews with industry professionals. Moreover, the site integrates several impressive social media platforms like live online chats with established filmmakers, virtual chat rooms, status/profile updates, an interactive rolodex, along with others.

Additionally, the site offers over 30,000 licensed music tracks as well as over 60,000 licensed sound effects from Soundelux's Hollywood Edge Library for players to legally download and put in their films. Valued at over $50,000, subscribed players can get full access to the music and sound effects for free. These features are all housed within buildings on the lot. was created by industry professionals, Chet Thomas and Darrin Fletcher, who are bringing their network of producers, casting directors, agents and studio executives to find their next “A-List” talent. Designed like an actual studio lot, the social networking site has an easy-to-use interface, with a unique retro look and feel. With over 20 avatars to choose from, players are encouraged to customize their profiles and experience the studio system of filmmaking. Additional features such as a comprehensive, real-time casting and audition sessions along with, test screenings, premieres and multi-writer scriptwriting software will be added to over the coming months. is free for players to network, watch and review movies, gain prestige, have their own back lot office, explore and demo most of the features. A $5.95 monthly subscription fee provides an in-depth access to all the tools and resources the site offers. The site is also available to 18 and under players, with parental filtering controls for age-appropriate content. All subscribed members are automatically entered into the $20,000 short film competition.

Click on the screenshots to see a larger version and click on the heading above to go to the Sneak On The Lot site.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Professional Comic Book Artist provides hints to students

Bob McLeod (right), a comic book artist who has worked for Marvel and DC Comics, has done work on many series such as The Incredible Hulk, Conan the Barbarian, The Legion of Super Heroes, Detective Comics, Wonder Woman, Star Wars and The New Titans.

McLeod created the characters and penciled the graphic novel and the first three issues of New Mutants and created a funny and charming children's book, Superhero ABC (left).

In addition to continuing his work on comic books and children's books, McLeod has also begun teaching sequential art, figure drawing, comic art and scientific illustration at the university level.

McLeod encourages students to avoid beginning a figure drawing with contour lines because it is essential to sketch in the basic structure of the figure before getting too detailed. In the comic book world these rough sketchy layouts are called "break downs". These are then filled in more completely with backgrounds and figure renderings by artists referred to as "pencilers". The completed pencil sketches are inked (usually by a different artist), and then sent to still another artist who ads color (today done by computer). Penciling and inking are still done by hand.

The intense schedule for the production of a comic book requires that the work be shared among several artists. Comics are 22 pages long with about six panels to a page. It takes about a day to pencil each page and the same time for inking. To produce a monthly comic book, the writing, penciling, inking, coloring, lettering, production, printing, and distribution has to be accomplished quickly and efficiently.

The artists do not work from models because there is not enough time so they have an encyclopedic knowledge in their heads of the anatomy and structure of the figure as well as the background buildings, cars, animals, etc. that go into each panel.

The artists who work on comic books are incredibly skilled and McLeod, despite his skill and experience, says he can still be intimidated trying to compete with the speed and talent of artists like Jerry Ordway.

Click on the heading above to go to Bob McLeod's website.

Position Statement on Design Education presented to NAEA

Robin Vande Zande, (on left in photo at right), president of the NAEA Design Issues Group (DIG), presented a position statement supporting design in art education to the Delegates Assembly at the National Art Education Association conference in Baltimore, MD on April 14, 2010. Robin is seen here after the presentation with NAEA President-elect, Bob Sabol. If approved by Delegates Assembly the position statement will be brought before the Board of NAEA for ratification.

Robin made the case for design in art education to the Delegates using a PowerPoint presentation and participated in a poster session with Martin Rayala after the formal presentation to answer questions and get input from the delegates before their vote scheduled the following day. The discussion was spirited but cordial.

Design education is an essential component of a comprehensive visual arts program. Design is the application of knowledge and skills to intentionally shape and create messages, things, places, and experiences that are useful, practical and aesthetic. Design heightens meaning, value, function, and pleasure in our lives.
Design education engages students in processes, products, histories, and critical sensibilites associated with design. To achieve this, design education envolves learners in design thinking, a creative process for resolving practical problems for others through collaboration, problem-identification, visualization, prototyping, implementation, and assessment. Design education involves students in interdisciplinary problem-solving that draws upon the sciences and humanities to address both present and anticipated problems, questions, and issues.

Click on the heading above to go to the NAEA website.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

A+DEN Conference held annually in Chicago

Jean Linsner, Vice President of Youth Education, Chicago Architecture Foundation, representing the Architecture + Design Education Network (A+DEN) participated in a round table organized by the National Design Policy Initiative at the IDEAS Forum on Design Education in Washington, D.C. Design Education was selected as the #1 priority by the National Design Policy Initiative at their recent Summit.

The Chicago Architecture Foundation and the American Architecture Foundation are supporters of an annual conference held in Chicago by A+DEN, the Architecture and Design Education Network. This past November 5 -7, 150 people representing 92 organizations and 5 countries gathered together in Chicago to discuss new issues and ideas, to share with others who are engaged in the education of our youth and public about architecture and design, and to learn more about starting the public dialogue about the built environment.

Click on the heading above to go to the A+DEN website.

IDEAS Forum for Design Education held in Washington, D.C.

The IDEAS Forum for Design Education, hosted by IDEAS (International Design Education Alliance for Schools), was held at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. on April 13, 2010. The event included a round table by the National Design Policy Initiative moderated by Caroline Payson, education director for the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and a luncheon presentation by Bill Moggridge (right), new director of the Cooper-Hewitt and a co-founder of the design firm IDEO..

Participants in the forum included design teachers, design museum educators, university design teachers, principals of design high schools, design organization leaders, technology educators, design publishers, and a variety of others (50 in all) who are interested in K-12 design education in schools.

Participants worked in teams in the afternoon to develop strategies for policy development, community building, teacher preparation, student support, and a variety of other tasks necessary to make design education a regular part of instruction in K-12 schools by qualified teachers.

IDEAS Forum explores resource development for design education

Wyatt Wade (left), head of Davis Publishing, was one of the participants at the IDEAS Forum on Design Education held in Washington, D.C. on April 13, 2010. Davis publishes School Arts magazine and many key textbooks for art education as well as other resources.

Davis Publishing has provided many design education resources over the years and is planning to include a monthly column on design education in School Arts magazine. Nancy Walkup, editor of School Arts, is working with Dr. Martin Rayala to develop this regular column focusing on design education in K-12 schools.

Wade is shown here with Robin Vande Zande, one of the organizers of the IDEAS Forum and a co-founder of the International Design Education Alliance for Schools (IDEAS) which hosted the IDEAS Forum.

Click on the heading above to see the School Arts page on the Davis Publishing website.

Design Education in Schools is key design policy initiative

The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and the National Design Policy Initiative are teaming up to make design education in schools one of their top priorities in American Design Policy.

Caroline Payson, (left) education director for the Cooper-Hewitt, lead the first of three round table discussions for the National Design Policy Initiative at the IDEAS Forum held in Washington, D.C. on April 13, 2010 on the role of design education in schools for the 21st century. Participants then worked in teams to develop strategies and recommendations for raising public awareness about design education and providing the infrastructure necessary to insure that every student in K-12 schools understands design and design thinking.

Click on the heading above to go to the National Design Policy Initiative website.

Technology Educators are leaders in design education

Kendal Starkweather (right), Executive Director of the International Technology and Engineering Education Association (ITEEA) was one of several technology educators represented at the IDEAS Forum on design education held at the National Building Museum, April 13, 2010.

Several of the Standards for Technology Education include design and it runs as a thread throughout technology programs. The Technology Student Association (TSA) has several design events at their annual conference and the Council on Technology Teacher Education (CTTE) is publishing an anthology coming out in 2011 on the topic of creativity and design in technology education.

While much of the focus in technology education is on engineering design, technology educators are exploring ways to improve instruction in design thinking within their programs. ITEEA, the organization formerly known as ITEA, recently added an extra "E" to represent the growing interest in Engineering Design in their field.

Click on the heading above to see the ITEEA website.

Design High Schools Provide Opportunities for Future Designers

Participants at the IDEAS Forum held in Washington, D.C. included representatives from design high schools such as Stacy Mancuso, (left) principal of DASH (Design and Architecture Senior High School) in Miami.

DASH is a high school that, for 20 years, has provided high quality education in both design and the academics. DASH has appeared in the top tier of the U.S. News and World Report's list of top 100 schools in America and students from DASH regularly receive honors such as Presidential Scholar Awards and millions of dollars of scholarships to top Universities.

Schools like DASH represent one approach to design education that provides the kind of preparation needed to develop top designers in fields like fashion, industrial design, film, and digital media while insuring that the students have solid academic training as well. All students take three years of AP (Advanced Placement) courses.

Other design high schools, like CHAD (Charter High School for Architecture and Design) in Philadelphia, provide opportunities for minority students who are under-represented in design fields. Each design high school, of which there are now about 20 in the country, offers a unique perspective on design education based on the philosophy, students and communities in which they reside.

Click on the heading above to go to DASH's web site.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Technology Student Association Features Design

The Technology Student Association (TSA) has an annual national conference that is the highlight of the school year for students. The TSA national conference is packed with competitive events and challenging activities that foster personal growth and leadership development. In 2010, TSA will celebrate its 32nd anniversary conference in Baltimore, Maryland, June 28 - July 2.

Among the many challenges are several that are design related such as animatronics, architectural modeling, computer-aided design, animation, desktop publishing, dragster design, electronic game design, engineering design, fashion design, film, video, scientific visualization, technical sketching, and transportation modeling (car design).

This year the MIDDLE SCHOOL events include:
Career Prep - Film editor
Digital Photography
Graphic Design
Lights, Camera, Action
Multimedia Production
TSA Cup: Marine Design - Design and construct a model propeller-driven offshore vee hull racing boat.
Website Design

HIGH SCHOOL events include:
Architectural Model
Cyberspace Pursuit
Desktop Publishing
Fashion Design
Imaging Technology
Manufacturing Prototype - Design and manufacture an educational board game
Prepared Presentation
Promotional Graphics
Snapshot of Innovation
Transportation Modeling - Design and produce a famous television or movie vehicle.

2010 National TSA Conference
June 28 - July 2, 2010 Baltimore, Maryland
Conference Theme: "TSA: Tomorrow's Leaders"

2011 National TSA Conference
June 21 - June 25th, 2011 Dallas, Texas
Conference Theme:"Snapshot of Innovation"

Click on the heading above to go to the TSA site.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

IDEAS Forum to launch a Decade of Design Education for Schools

The International Design Education Alliance for Schools (IDEAS) will launch 2020 Vision: The Decade of Design Education for Schools, 2010-2020 at the IDEAS Forum to be held at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, April 13, 2010.

The IDEAS Forum will include a round table by the National Design Policy Initiative and a presentation by William Moggridge, Director of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

The IDEAS Forum will develop strategies to make Design Education part of regular instruction in schools taught by qualified teachers during this decade. They will look at Design Education Policies that will need to be in place; Teacher Preparation that will need to be developed: and Student Support that will encourage students to study design education in schools.

The IDEAS Forum is open to everyone and those who can't attend are still encouraged to become part of the decade long initiative. Contact Robin Vande Zande at or Martin Rayala at for more information.

The exterior (right) and the interior (left) of the National Building Museum are iconic and inspiring examples of architectural design.

National Design Policy Initiative to Hold Round Table at IDEAS Forum

The National Design Policy Initiative will hold a round table discussion on the role of Design in Education for the 21st Century at the IDEAS Forum being held at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, April 13, 2010.

The moderator for the round table will be Caroline Payson, Education Director, Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum.
Round table members include:
• Vernon Lockhart, Founder and Director of Operations, Project Osmosis Education and Mentoring Initiative, and National Board Member, AIGA
• Jean Lindsner, VP of Youth Education, Chicago Architecture Foundation, Architecture + Design Education Network (A+DEN)
• Dr. Stephanie Clemons, K-12 Design Education Research Specialist, Interior Design Educators Council
• Dr. Kendall Starkweather, Executive Director of the International Technology Education Association

The IDEAS Forum is being hosted by the International Design Education Alliance for Schools (IDEAS) from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM at the National Building Museum, Washington, DC on April 13, 2010. The round table will take place at 11:00 AM followed by a luncheon presentation by Bill Moggridge at 1:00 PM.

Everyone is welcome to register and attend the IDEAS Forum. For further information contact Robin Vande Zande at or Martin Rayala at

Bill Moggridge to speak at IDEAS Forum

World famous designer, Bill Moggridge (left), will talk to participants at the IDEAS Forum being held at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, April 13, 2010.

In January 2010 William Moggridge was named new Director of the Smithsonian Institution's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York, to be effective March 2010. Moggridge, a British industrial and interaction designer, is co-founder of the Silicon Valley-based design firm IDEO. He helped design what was arguably the first laptop computer, the GRiD Compass. As well as being a Royal Designer for Industry since 1988, he was honored with the lifetime achievement award at the National Design Awards at the White House in 2009.

Moggridge is the author of Designing Interactions, which was published in October 2006 and named one of the 10 Best Innovation and Design Books of 2006 by BusinessWeek magazine. He has also been involved in design education internationally; he has taught at the Royal College of Art, the London Business School and Stanford University, and sits on the board at the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design.

The IDEAS Forum is organized by the International Design Education Alliance for Schools (IDEAS) to kick off 2020 Vision: The Decade of Design Education in Schools, 2010-2020. Participants will be developing position papers and policies relating to Design Education Policies, Teacher Preparation, and Student Support for design education as part of regular instruction by qualified teachers in K-12 schools.

Contact Robin Vande Zande ( or Martin Rayala ( for more information about the IDEAS Forum.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

How women become architects

“To Become an Architect (a guide, mostly for women)”, a guide for new students, and interns, along with personal insight from Angie Brooks (Pugh+Scarpa), Anne Fougeron (Fougeron Architecture), Dawn Merkes (Group 4 Architecture) and more, is a book aimed at raising money for the Women in Architecture (WIA) fund.

The WIA fund points out "In the profession of Architecture today women currently make up about 50% of Graduate students. However, in the profession itself, licensed women practitioners make up only about 15%. Why do you think we see such drastic percentage drops? Why don’t we, women, make it to the end?"

The WIA is “In place to support women in their efforts to make progress, become professionals, and become leaders in today’s field of Architecture in the United States.”

The WIA (Women in Architecture) fund looks to support women to become professionals and leaders in Architecture in America. Founders include:
Angie Brooks, AIA, LEED AP ( Pugh+Scarpa )
Anne Fougeron, FAIA ( Fougeron Architecture )
Dawn Merkes, AIA, LEED AP ( Group 4 Architecture )
Deirdre Hardy, AIA ( FAU School of Architecture )
Marcela Abadi Rhoads, AIA ( Abadi Accessibility )
Maria Moino Fernandez, AIA ( MF Architects )
Robyn Vettraino, LEED AP ( Studio SA )
Tabitha Ponte, Assoc. AIA ( WIA Fund )

Click on the heading above to go to the Facebook page for the Women in Architecture fund.