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Young Visionaries

An Invitation…

D-E360° presents Young Visionaries, an architecture course designed to provide meaningful hands-on learning opportunities that spark students’ innovative and purposeful responses to real-world challenges and concepts in architecture and design. Students will also explore how architecture and design impact our communities and world.

In this course, students will create a portfolio of drawings, mixed-media works, and architectural models as a way of developing an understanding of various concepts in art, architecture, and design.  This portfolio of works will also show evidence of problem solving and critical thinking, creativity and innovation, and collaboration with classmates. There will be a culminating exhibition in April in which students will present their work created in the course.

Brief Course Overview:

  • Brief history of great architecture from around the world
  • Key concepts in architecture and design: Form, Function, and Structure (Form follows function.)
  • 1 and 2-point perspective (Drawing Project)
  • Nature and Architecture – How architecture relates to its environment. How buildings have been inspired by different aspects of nature. (ex. flowers,   pine cones, bones, waves, sea shells, patterns in nature, etc.) (Drawing/Mixed-Media Project)
  • Green architecture and sustainability overview
  • Architectural models – Students learn about a wide variety of models that have been created by different architects. (Architectural model making project using art media and recyclable materials)
  • Showcase event at the end of the course

Course Calendar and Location:


Art by Jake Lagana, a Young Visionaries course participant in spring 2015.

The Course meets Tuesdays from 4:00 to 6:00 PM in the John C. Swartley Arts Center.

  • February 2
  • February 9
  • February 23
  • March 1
  • March 8
  • March 15      
  • April 5     
  • April 12
  • April 19
  • April 26**

**Showcase for parents and invited guests

Deadline for Registrations: Monday, January 25, 2016.

Young Visionaries is open to all students in Grades 5-8. Students are encouraged to e-mail photos of drawings and 3-dimensional construction-based projects to Mrs. Brusky at least one week prior to the start of the course. This will enable the teacher to do a formative evaluation of each student’s strengths and needs. They can e-mail their work to Portfolio review is optional.

The course is limited to 20 participants. Young Visionaries registrations are open to students who attend Dwight-Englewood as well as area public and private schools. To complete the online registration form for Young Visionaries, click here.

Participation fee: $525


Rachel - color head shotRachel Brusky is a faculty member at Dwight-Englewood School, where she teaches Middle and Upper School Studio Art, as well as Physical Computing.  Rachel is the Director of Visual Arts for the Summer Enrichment Program and the Young Visionaries Experience at Dwight-Englewood school and teaches many of the art and architecture classes with the D-E Summer Connections.  She has also been a private art teacher and workshop instructor since 2001, teaching students from kindergarten to adults.  In addition to teaching, Rachel has exhibited her artwork around the U.S., receiving awards and recognition for her work.  Rachel formerly worked as an Art Director and graphic designer at SoHo Publishing Company in NYC, and as an Artist-in-Residence in the pediatric oncology and neurology clinics at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Rachel graduated from Rhode Island School of Design (with Honors) in 2001, earning a B.F.A in Illustration, with a concentration in Art History.  She received her M.F.A. (cum laude) in Painting from the New York Academy of Art in 2006.

More Questions: Inquiries should be directed to DE 360° Program Director, Dr. Sherronda L. Brown

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