Chavón School of Design

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A new month brings new Chavón International Summer workshops! Most of you know that the School of Design here in Altos de Chavón will be offering a new career this upcoming school year focusing on film. Stephen Kaplan, director of the school, spoke of this a couple of months ago and we’ve seen an increase in film-related courses at the school. The coming week is no exception, as two new courses in film start on August 15th: Costume Design and Art Direction for Film. Painting, Landscapes, and Pattern Making and Cutting also join the list. Enroll now for these exciting new opportunities.

Altos de Chavón has been the home of the School of Design since 1983, and is the first option for aspiring individuals to pursue a career in art. They have opened a second urban campus located in Santo Domingo with a focus on Fashion Design and Visual Communication. They also offer courses in Continuing Education, Chavón Kids and Teens, their regular curriculum of technical careers, and short intensive courses such as Interín and Chavón International Summer.

During the courses, you’ll be taught by excellent teachers who are experienced professionals in their industries and who will guide you through the learning process as well as motivate you to reach beyond your comfort zones. This month there will be six new courses, all equally interesting and amazing. Let’s take a look:

Costume Design with Diana Fernández

International Summer Costume

Costume Design is an important component of any film production. With this workshop, students will learn to develop a concept working with the script, the art director and other components of a film production.

Art for Film with Derubín Jácome

International Summer

In this art workshop for film, students will be taught the various elements and concepts necessary to adapt a script and visual references such as space, color, architecture, repetition and contrast images.

Painting with Richard Gnann

Summer International Painting

The painting workshop with Richard Gnann offers advice and a guidance to artists where they will be able to develop a series of works connected by subject and technique, achieving a specific concept and representation of a number of work pieces. It is recommended that you have some basic knowledge of drawing.

Landscapes, Oil and Pastels, with Angelo Valenzuela

International Summer Landscape

What better scenery to learn to portray landscapes than in Altos de Chavón?! It is simply filled with life and beauty, and with Angelo you will learn how to capture it all.

Pattern Making and Cutting with Shingo Sato TR Cutting School

International Summer Pattern

The development of patterns is an essential part of Fashion Design; it is what allows our creations to come to life. Learn the basics of pattern-making and cutting during this intensive summer workshop.

Landscape Painting with Ciara Rafferty

Summer International Landscape Paint

A good way to continue your training after finishing the workshop with Angelo Valenzuela is by taking another week with Ciara Rafferty. In this intensive workshop on Landscape Painting, you’ll learn how to view nature and all living creatures in a different way, exploring its color schemes, techniques and how to reflect its textures and surfaces in your art. 

Don’t miss the opportunity to sign up NOW for next week’s courses! You still have time to register and remember these workshops include housing in the school’s student complex. Classes start on Monday, August 15th. Visit or call the school at their Altos de Chavón offices above the Mercadito.

We guarantee you’ll enjoy yourselves through exploring your creativity and learning something new in this amazing “Artist’s Village”. These summer courses are sure to exceed your expectations!

For more information and to enroll, please contact:

Telephone: (809) 523-8011 • 523-8172 • 523-8612



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Chavón Santo Domingo

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.