Westcott Design Hub

Westcott Design Hub is a design education initiative generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Ohio Arts Council, Turner Foundation, Springfield Foundation and Ruth B. and Thomas F. Mackey Charitable Trust. Your tuition directly supports free family, youth and in-school programs that are part of this program.


Multimedia Design Studio: Sunday, October 20th, 10am-4pm; Wednesday, October 23rd, 6-8pm. $25 Westcott Member. $35 Non-Member. Lunch and Supplies Included. Program for Young Adults and Adults (18+). Please Plan to Attend Both Sessions. Location: Solar House.

We are finally offering our flagship youth program to inspire our adult audience! This special Design Studio edition will combine a series of hands-on exercises focusing on digital media skills - such as photography, videography, and computer-based editing -  in order to explore artistic expression and creative problem solving. Participants will have an opportunity to test their creations as part of 3D light art installations. Selected material will be featured at the 2019 Holiday in the City new media production.


Mother, Meet Mr. Froebel! Tuesday, October 22nd from 5:30 to 7pm at Mother Stewart's Brewery. $10 Westcott Member. $15 Non-Member. A Pint and Supplies Included. Program for All Ages. Pint for Adults (21+). 

Join us at the Mother Stewart's Brewery for a fun evening of hands-on demonstrations. It is quite fitting that in October we paired great beer with the fascinating world of Friedrich Froebel, the German educator and inventor of Kindergarten. Developed in the early 1800s, the Froebel Gifts appear deceptively simple, but they represent a sophisticated approach to nurturing abstract thinking. Over the last 180 years, Froebel's philosophy had a widespread impact, becoming interwoven with the history of art, design, education and popular culture. For example, the gifts were purchased for Frank Lloyd Wright by his mother after she discovered them at the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition in 1876. The gifts had a profound impact on the Westcott House’s famed architect, greatly influencing his philosophy and approach to design. Experience for yourself how Froebel Gifts bring joy and creativity to the learning process at any age.


Learning Architectural Photography. Sunday, October 27th from 10am to 2pm at the Westcott House. $25 Westcott Member. $35 Non-Member. Lunch Included. Program for Young Adults and Adults (18+). Participants Are Required to Bring Their Own SLR Camera.

If you are an avid photographer eager to get a greater grasp of how to approach architectural subjects, consider this workshop with Brad Feinknopf, nationally recognized architectural photographer. Join Brad as he shows you a few of the tools of his trade and works with you, one-on-one to help you with your composition. You may bring your work for review and discussion.


Our Family Makes a DrawBot! Saturday, November 2nd from 10am to 12pm at the Solar House. Free. Supplies Included. Program for Youth Ages 7 and up. Parent Participation Required.

Join Marcia Roth, who will guide your family in the design of your own DrawBot from simple, inexpensive materials. Your DrawBot will not only move around, but with the addition of a marker, it will draw a path wherever it goes! Each family team will be able to design, build, test, and improve their own DrawBot. In the process, you will build a basic circuit that includes a motor, identify conductive materials, explore how a circuit works and get a better understanding how energy can change from one form into another.


Memories of Lived Spaces: Making a Small Room Sculpture. Sunday, November 17th from 10am to 2pm at the Solar House. $25 Westcott Member. $35 Non-Member. Lunch Included. Program for Adult Learners (21+).

A house is a container of memories. In this workshop, participants create simple small sculptures that resemble imaginary rooms using wood and paper. In designing and making sculptures, we will explore notions of refuge, nest, habitat, and the intersection of memory and place. This workshop is fun and imaginative, and intended for participants on multiple levels, as each person will build on their individual skill set for making sculpture. All materials/tools will be provided. Participants will also learn about Ma--a little known concept of Japanese aesthetics. Ma is a Japanese spatial aesthetic principle, meaning “emptiness” or “absence.” It is the space between objects, the silence between sounds, or the stillness between movements. 


Wine + Design. Tuesday, November 19th from 5:30 to 7pm at the Solar House. $25 Westcott Member. $35 Non-Member. Wine and Light Hors D'oeuvres Included. Program for Adult Learners (21+).

The premise for this program is simple – each participant will be presented with a set of LEGO, a glass of wine and a fun design challenge! The workshop will be facilitated and judged by a team of Miami University architecture students and John M. Reynolds, MU Professor of Architecture. 


Questions? Email info@westcotthouse.org.

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