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The Altos de Chavón School of Design invites you to participate in a large number of courses that will run all summer long. Today is the last day of the 2 week Intensive drawing workshop, but there is still time to enroll in some very interesting courses that start next week!  Plus, if you enroll between today and tomorrow you will get a 20% off discount!!

Learning something new or perfecting your skillset is always fascinating and productive, which is why we recommend all the Chavón International Summer courses. You’ll be taught by excellent teachers who are all experienced professionals in their industries. Let’s meet some of them now!

Character Creation taught by Luis Nazario

Luis Nazario has over 10 years of experience in graphic design and branding, he has worked with companies like Brugal, Colgate Palmolive, Listin Diario, Basking Robbins, Helados Bon, among others. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Fine Arts and Illustration in Chavón School of Design, and went on to Parson New York where he finished his BFA in Ilustration. He has worked with the New York Times, and developed content for MTV, Tumblr, Viacom, JCPenny’s, Marriott Hotels, Cadillac, H4B Chelsea and Mayday. See more of his work here.

With him, you will learn to bring your designs to life whether they be an animation, graphic novel, game, Web, or print; and by the end of the course, you’ll present a portfolio of designs with an original character and background story incorporating all the tools and knowledge you gained throughout the course. It requires you to have a standing foundation of traditional or digital drawing and color management.

Advanced figure drawing by the NY Academy of Art, taught by Benjamin Craig

Benjamin Craig has a Masters degree from the New York Academy of Art and a bachelor in Fine Arts from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California. He has participated in the Chubb Fellow and the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing China, and has various achievements amongst them the Guggenheim scholarship as well as awards from the Academy of Art Annual Spring Show. Notably, Benjamin has been part of various collective exhibitions in galleries in San Francisco, New York and Beijing.

With a focus on the human form, students work with live models and are taught to capture long and short poses. Students learn to enhance their perception, lineal drawing, aesthetic vocabulary, and use a variety of media including chalk, pencil, ink, acrylics and more.

Technical drawing for Fashion taught by Katia Rios

Katia Rios graduated from the Altos de Chavón School of Design and is a Designer and Fashion Merchandiser. She has studied in the Textile School of the University of North Carolina, and worked as Product and Merchandising Manager for Grupo M Industries with brands such as Marks & Spencer, Hugo Boss, Abercrombie & Fitch, Nordstrom, Ashworth, Callaway, Carters, Hanes, Gap, Nike, Ralph Lauren Kids, Liz Claiborne, and DKNY. She is a textile consultant for the Consejo Nacional de Competitividad (CNC) and the Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (BID). She was also the Sub Director of Fashion Design here in the La Romana Campus.

Illustration and sketches are not the only way to communicate your ideas in fashion design.  Fashion Technical Design is quick, easy and effective especially when it comes to cutting and sewing. In this workshop, you’ll learn to present your designs with flats and floats and learn all the vocabulary used in fashion, textiles, design and construction. It is perfect for inspiring you to pursue a career in fashion design.

Textile Design taught by Caroll Maura

Caroll Maura started her art formation early when she received instruction from the Escuela de Pintura by Maestro Guillo Perez; she later studied with Carlos Montesino who has taught in the Altos de Chavón School of Design. When she was 15, she interned in the atelier of designer Magaly Tiburcio, and later went on to study Fashion in the Giannina Azar School, Mercy Jaquez Technical Institute, and the Altos de Chavón School of Design. She moved to Madrid to the Instituto Europeo di Design (I.E.D) and won the contest “-CO2+DESIGN”. She currently works in Madrid, Spain and Dominican Republic, as a Fashion Designer and Illustrator. Learn more about her here.

The world is in constant movement and there are new innovations every day filled with art, magic and poetry. In this workshop, students will be able to manipulate and design various textiles working with prints and silk screen printing. They will work with a client and product and will be able to get inspiration from the world of fashion, film, architecture and various other art forms.

Urban Sketching taught by Jonathan Schmidt

Jonathan Schmidt is a Fine Arts and Illustration graduate of the Altos de Chavón School of Design and Parsons School of Design; he received a scholarship to study art and illustration at The Studio School in New York, and participated in the Altos de Chavón Artists in Residence program. He has worked on diverse children’s book projects developed by the Dominican Department of Education and designed and illustrated the cover of the Penguin Young Readers Group, Series 2005–2006. Read more about him here.

During this workshop, the students will be able to draw static objects and things in movement under any given circumstance. This course helps to broaden one’s horizons with the various techniques that will be taught giving them the ability to work in publicity projects, animation, film, photography, painting, etc. The ability to draw and observe is a necessary tool for this workshop. By the end of the week, students will be able to “think with their hands,” aiding them with in their personal and professional artwork.

Don’t miss the opportunity to enroll NOW. Classes start next week, on Monday, July 18th! Remember, if you enroll today or tomorrow you’ll receive a 20 % DISCOUNT on inscription!! Visit or call the school at their Altos de Chavón offices above the Mercadito.

We guarantee you’ll enjoy yourselves and the summer courses will exceed your expectations!!

Chavón’s International Summer courses will start next week!

Looking for something fun and enriching to do this summer? Search no further, the Altos de Chavón School of Design invites you to participate in a large number of courses that will run all summer long. The “International Summer” Art and Design courses will cover areas in Graphic Design, Fashion, Drawing, Lettering, Illustration and more!


Founded in 1983, The Altos de Chavón School of Design offers careers in applied arts in the areas of Fine Arts, Visual Communication and Fashion. This type of intensive two-year program provides the graduates with an associate degree at a technical level, which provides them with a solid education that enables participants to compete as professionals in the field of design and arts both locally and internationally.

Graduates of the School of Design are eligible to transfer directly to Parsons School of Design in New York. More than 2,000 Dominicans and students from around the world have graduated from the School of Design, demonstrating that a solid background in design, parallel to an emphasis on the development of the industry is the best formula for a successful career.

The highly practical and market-oriented curriculum, provides students with a unique set of skills that allows them to be easily inserted into the work environment.