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This Fall, The Washington Architectural Foundation continues its partnership with ArtReach GW to offer two youth courses, Digital Design for Teens II and Archi-Builder. These free classes will be held at ArtReach GW’s studio at THEARC.

Architecture: Digital Design for Teens II | Virtual | High School Students

September 13th, 2023 - November 15th, 2023 | Wednesdays | 6 - 7:30 PM

Digital Design for Teens teaches valuable computer-aided design (CAD) skills to high school students. Part II is designed for students who have previously taken Part I or have other experience with CAD. 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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Archi-Builder | In-person | 3rd - 8th Grade

October 3rd, 2023 - November 14th, 2023 | Tuesdays | 6 - 7:30 PM

Design and build your museum! This program teaches students the design processes used by architects. Students will work in teams to learn techniques that transform early ideas into a final design. Presentation skills will be fostered to prepare participants to share their new skills and experiences with others. The end project is to build a scale model of their own architectural design. 

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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.