• ThinkingDesign 1
    Thursday, January 10, 2019
    4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
    - Eight sessions: class dates are January 10, 17.  24, 31, Feb 7, 14, 28, March 7.

A Design Study Class for Upper Elementary Students (4/5) and Middle School

This class meets 8 times on Thursdays. Our final class will include a small exhibit for friends and families. Class dates are:  January 10, 17.  24, 31, Feb 7, 14, 28, March 7 (a make-up date is scheduled for March 14 in the event of cancellation).

Fee: $200.00. This class may require purchase of materials, which is not included in the price of enrollment.

Can you design a box? Create a useful invention? Can you name the three basic shapes in nature and the colors of the rainbow? We see great design every day: a sleek car, a nice umbrella, a good web page, a useful kitchen tool, a beautiful flower. What are the considerations in understanding good design? Line, shape, texture, space, motion / time, value and color are the principal elements of art and design. Decisions about harmony, balance, scale, contrast, randomness, and rhythm help arrange these principal elements into good design.

In the coming sessions we will explore each of the principal elements of design by using ways of “seeing” creatively. By examining the work of past designers–from Leonardo to Bauhaus and others–and through creating new, original designs and inventions using 3-D paper construction techniques, collage, drawing, painting, and by keeping personal notebooks, this course will explore the tools and methods used to realize good design and come to an understanding of its value in our contemporary and future existence.

This class will be taught by Teresa Schmidtrott. A conceptual artist, Teresa Schmittroth explores time-based and sequence-defined subjects, working in a broad   range of media. Born in Detroit, Michigan she is a long time New York resident who lives and works in Beacon.Trained in the traditions of 20th-century Western art, Schmittroth has studied drawing, painting, sculpture,
printmaking, design and color theory. She has also worked in experimental media including photography, film,
video and performance art. Her artwork has been exhibited in New York, NY at The Drawing Center, Artists
Space, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, the Queens Museum and White Columns. In Beacon, she has
exhibited at the Howland Cultural Center, Beacon Arts Union Gallery [BAU], Catalyst Gallery and with Windows
on Main Street. Her artwork is included in the collection of the Queens Museum and numerous private

Teresa has recently completed a work titled Bauhaus Studies, exploring the lessons taught at the famous Bauhaus
School in Germany, (1919-1933). Based in part on her own interest in conceptual art, its history and
contemporary context, she began looking into the course structure at the Bauhaus School. The Bauhaus
participants included many pioneering artists and architects of the 20th Century: Albers, (Schmittroth’s Color
Theory professor was taught by Albers at Yale), Breuer, Gropius, Itten, Kandindsky, Klee, Mies van der Rohe,
Moholy-Nagy, Mondrian and other highly respected artists of the day. Foundation courses at the Bauhaus
included, in part, studies in the primary colors: red, yellow, blue, and the basic shapes: square, triangle and
circle. Exercises in paper-cutting, collage, color theory, and design were implemented in a vast curriculum. These
subjects will be explored in Schmittroth’s course, Thinking Design, Winter/2018 at Curious-on-Hudson.

If you have any further questions, please e-mail us at [email protected]