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This Fall, The Washington Architectural Foundation continues its partnership with ArtReach GW offer two youth courses Digital Design for Teens and Tools of the Trade, free for students in Wards 7 and 8. Classes will be held at ArtReach GW’s studio at THEARC.

Digital Design: Architecture | In-person | High School Students

September 14th, 2022 - November 1st, 2022 | Wednesdays | 6 - 7:30 PM

Digital Design for Teens teaches valuable computer-aided design (CAD)  skills to high school students. Though many high-schools teach similar courses, the Washington Architectural Foundation and ArtReach GW team up to provide introductory education on digital drawing and 3D modeling for architectural, interior design, landscape architecture, civil and mechanical engineering purposes. Students will learn simple techniques they can practice outside of the classroom and apply for internships and educational opportunities. Digital Design for Teens is an excellent asset for any college applicant or job-seeker to have on their resume, and provides insight into the work involved in a modern design career.  Please note desktop computers and laptops are preferred. Tablets are acceptable but not preferred.

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Architecture: Tools of the Trade | In-person | 3rd - 8th Grade

September 13th, 2022 - November 15th, 2022 | Tuesdays | 5:30 - 7 PM

Learn to think like an architect by learning the tools of the trade! This class is a focus on DC architecture and an introduction to an architect's design process.  Participants will be able to learn the tools of the trade: drawing, photography, and model-building.  This class will be focused on DC architecture and the contributions African American Architects have made in the nation’s capital.  In partnership with the Washington Architectural Foundation, classes are taught by design professionals working in DC. Classes will be held at ArtReach GW’s studio at THEARC.

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Want to make an impact?-Volunteer!

We are looking for volunteers to support the course instruction. Complete our Volunteer Application

*New volunteers will be required to participate in an orientation session at the District Architecture Center.

Each volunteer will need to follow the DCPS requirements of a TB test, fingerprinting, and background check. These requirements can take some time. Prospective volunteers are advised to contact us as soon as possible so that we may help you begin the process.