The Center for Talent Development
Center for Talent Development
Creative Studies

Center for Talent Development's Creative Studies courses are designed to develop creative thinking and skill sets for success in our ever-growing and changing world. Integrating studio-style learning environments with language arts, math and science challenges, these courses nurture a wide range of talents and interests.

Some Creative Studies courses are called Design Studios, and all courses follow a studio model. In the studio, students grapple with open ended challenges like building a Rube Goldberg machine, re-designing a diagram of the eye, or designing tools for characters in novels. Each studio session includes analysis and discussion of professional examples; a hands-on challenge with differentiated products like drawings, models and writing; and peer critique, to build empathy and communication skills.

Creative Studies courses challenge academically talented children to evaluate and innovate in the areas of science, engineering, literature and media. Taught by media experts, courses in Creative Studies cultivate the essential 21st Century skills of communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity. Students interested in Creative Studies can take courses through our weekend, online and summer programs:


Saturday Enrichment Program
Classes are offered Fall, Winter and Spring at four of Chicago areas sites.

CH Chicago EV Evanston NP Naperville PA Palatine
Fall 2014 Course Title
Grade
Locations
Design Studio: Planes, Trains & Automobiles 1-2 CH, EV, NP, PA
Design Studio: Minecraft Edu 3-4 EV, CH
Design Studio: Visualizing Science 3-5 EV    
'What if?' Robotics 5-7 CH, EV, NP

Visit the Saturday Enrichment Program website for course descriptions and application information.


Gifted LearningLinks
Online courses are offered Fall, Winter and Spring through the Enrichment program and on a rolling enrollment system in the Honors Elective program. Apply by the 15th of the month!
 

Course Title
Grade
Dates
Mods in Minecraft 6-8 Fall, Winter Spring
Design Challenges: Intro. to Engineering 6-8  Fall, Winter Spring

Visit the Gifted LearningLinks website for course descriptions and application information.


Summer Program
Half and full-day commuter courses are offered at four Chicago area sites for grades students age 4 through grade 3. Residential and commuter programs are available for grades 4 through 12.
 

LF Lake Forest CH Chicago     EV Evanston     NP Naperville  PA Palatine  SK Skokie
Program Course Title
Grade 2014 Dates Locations
Leapfrog Codes & Symbols Math Studio (PM) PreK-K
1-2
July 7-11 CH, LF, NP, PA, SK
Leapfrog Puzzles & Games Math Studio (PM) PreK-K
1-2
July 14-18 CH, LF, NP, PA, SK
Leapfrog Business Math Studio (PM) PreK-K
1-2
July 21-25 CH, LF, NP, PA, SK
Spark Art & Literature of the Graphic Novel 4-5 June 29-July 4 Elmhurst
Solstice Novel Engineering 4-6 July 7-18 Elmhurst
Solstice Novel Engineering 4-6 July 13-25 Evanston
Apogee Design Studio: Illustrating Science 4-6 July 20-Aug. 8 Evanston
Spectrum Visual Communication through Graphic Design 7-8 June 29-July 18 Evanston
Spectrum 3D Printing & Product Development 7-8 July 20-August 8 Evanston
Equinox Engineering Design with the Segal Design Institute 10-12 June 29-July 18 Evanston

Visit the Summer Program website for course descriptions and application information.
 

Accelerated Weekend Experience
Accelerated Weekend Experience provides academically bright students in grades 5 through 8 an opportunity to explore a subject of study in depth and with concentration, with an expert in the field, over one weekend. Dates and locations are added to the AWE website throughout the year.