Design Thinking 101

VA Teacher Retreat 2019

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Program Description

Join David Gerhard, Visual Arts Department Chair, to explore how the step-by-step design thinking system can effectively engage students and bring curriculum to life.  Using design thinking in the visual arts classroom can bridge the gap between creative ideas and real-world application. By centering project-based learning, students can explore big ideas and solve practical challenges using this standards-based system in a wide range of settings. Experience design thinking in identifying problems, brainstorming ideas, prototyping solutions and testing them during the workshop. Learn about case studies and curriculum as well.


  • Visual Arts Teachers, 4th-12th grade
  • Gifted/Talented Teachers, 4th grade and up


  • June 17, 2021, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • June 18, 2021, 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


This free retreat will be offered online via Zoom. Participants will need internet access and a microphone and camera.

About David Gerhard

David Gerhard is a maker, artist, designer, and educator. He earned his MFA in Visual Art (printmaking emphasis) from Clemson University and his BAs (with Distinction) in Studio Art and Communications Studies from Sonoma State University. Gerhard has taught in the art departments at Clemson University, Furman University, Anderson University, and the Greenville County Museum of Art. Gerhard is passionate about contemporary printmaking, new media art, graphic and web design, art theory and global art history.  Gerhard has made public artwork in Greenville. Providing creative work for diverse clients, Gerhard's work has been exhibited, collected, and contracted for clients regionally, nationally and internationally. 

How to Apply

Spaces are limited. Please apply to Design Thinking 101

About the Governor's School's Outreach Programs

As a part of the Governor’s School’s mission to serve as a resource to teachers across the state, the Office of Outreach provides professional development opportunities to enrich arts education in South Carolina. Learn more.