March 27 - March 31 | 9:00 - 4:00 $890.00 – $1,545.00
Kelly Parker, born in Phoenix, Arizona in 1967, is a designer and maker of contemporary studio furniture and sculpture.
This unique three-part course will teach you how to design and build your own piece of furniture under the guidance of professional woodworkers using a sequenced methodology.
The course comprises 3 classes:
Design, Ideation, and Modeling (in person at the School) March 27 – 31
Concept Development (remote coaching) April – July
Prototyping, Fabrication (in person at the School) July 16 – 22
Note: Class one may be taken as a solo class and is open to all skill levels.
Certificate students should plan on taking all three phases.
Class One – Design Ideation and Modeling
If you want to design and build your own furniture, you need both design techniques and practical skills. This class focuses on equipping you with both.
Centred around a series of exercises based on design briefs that one might get from a client or perhaps a family member, you will learn to evaluate scale, form, and function as you design several furniture pieces.
The final exercise will be to design a piece of furniture of your choosing, incorporating all the skills you have learned in the earlier exercises.
The key learning points of this class include the following:
Design ideation & sources of inspiration
Sketching and drawing techniques
Intro to design and drawing tools:
French curves, drawing bows, T-square, compass, adjustable triangle
Form exploration in MDF, cardboard, rigid foam, foam core
Plan & elevation construction drawings
Manual drawings by hand
Computer drawings (Sketch Up Pending Confirmation)
Exploration of materials, hardware, embellishment, and finishes
Leveraging cut lists, learning how to price, evaluating build time
We encourage you to challenge yourself for this project!
Class Two – Concept Development (Only for students taking phase three)
Once you have completed class one, there is a 10-week window during which you will work remotely with your instructor to refine your design from the final exercise and work on your build plan for class 3.
We recommend that your project should be something that challenges you but is relatively small in scale to facilitate transportation and build timeframes. Suggestions of project types are:
Small non-drawered chests (e.g. Hope Chest, Blanket chests)
Small case piece
Small computer desk
We are working on design detail rather than scale.