During this one-week camp students will build, design, and screen print their own skateboard.
Building a skateboard requires a few tools. The first is a mold in the shape of a skate deck. To make one, students will build a wooden box and cast a skateboard blank with concrete. Once the mold is ready, they'll use it to glue and press seven layers of veneer with 12 tons of pressure into the basic shape of their skateboard. Once glued, the decks need to be cut to shape, routed, and drilled for trucks.
Artwork comes next, and starts at the computers with a design. Students will learn to use Inkscape to create their original graphics. To get the digital design on to the skateboards, students will need to screenprint through a custom made screen, shaped to the same form as the deck.
Once the deck is built and the artwork is applied, it's time to assemble and test at the Riverfront Skate Park.
By the end of the week, students will take home their scratch made skateboards.
Camp is from 9 am - 130 pm each day (7/29 - 8/2).
- Day 1: Build mold and pour concrete; press skateboards.
- Day 2: Cut boards to size; intro to graphic design.
- Day 3: Design boards and build screen printing frame.
- Day 4: Paint and screenprint skateboards.
- Day 5: Add trucks, wheels, bearings, and grip tape. Skate!
This project is open to any high school aged student. Due to the intensive nature of the camp, students are expected to be present every day for the full camp period.
The registration fee for this one-week camp is $295.
Students are expected to bring their own lunch and water bottle each day. On Friday, students should come prepared to skate outside; with a helmet and sunscreen.