Discovery Day

Discovery Day 2017

You are invited to a very special gathering designed just for you.

At Discovery Day, you’ll learn what it’s like to make art in a Herron studio as you attend a lesson or workshop with our faculty and students. You’ll gain a first-hand understanding of the educational experience waiting for you at Herron School of Art and Design.

Join us for Discovery Day!

Friday, February 10, 2017

10:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.


10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.Check In
10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.Opening Remarks
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.Herron Tours, Information Tables, Student Panel
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.Light Lunch
12:45 p.m. - 02:15 p.m.Workshop I
02:45 p.m. - 04:15 p.m.Workshop II


The Selfie, Across Time and Cultures: Art History Discussion

Join an art history professor to explore through discussion, comparison, and visual analysis the ways different peoples have used their self-portrait in their artwork to convey ideas critical to their place in history and in different cultures. Participants in this workshop will experience what it’s like to be in an art history discussion course or seminar. Bring your eyes and your minds.

Studio Art and Technology Class Shadowing

Join Herron freshmen in this foundation studies class that introduces digital media applications and computer technologies for students' creative practice in art and design. Students encounter methodologies and technologies including image manipulation, computer-aided design, 3-D rendering, and tools in Herron's Think it Make it lab.

Life Drawing: The "Classic" Male Figure

An introductory presentation of the proportions and anatomical rhythmic actions of the “classic” male figure will prepare participants to draw from a live model. The concept of the classic male figure is an enduring artistic inheritance from the Greco-Roman world and the Renaissance period. Knowledge of the subject continues to benefit artists of our time. Students will be drawing two views, front (anterior) and back (posterior), of the model (in swimsuit) taking the classic contrapposto pose (standing with the weight primarily on one leg – think Michelangelo’s sculpture David).  

Making Photograms in the Darkroom

Come learn the light impression process at the core of analog photography that Man Ray and others championed and is still used by many contemporary image-based artists today.

From Gutenberg to Truetype: Type Technology/Type Fashion

Join us for a romp through the origin and evolution of typographic form and fashion, including profiles of some of the great type designers and their work―from the very beginning of print to the digital present. Learn about the strange travels of John Baskerville after his death, the stark necessity of ink-traps, the typographic quest that bankrupted Mark Twain, and how you can (legally!) obtain typefaces from some of the world's leading designers for use in your own projects for free. Includes lecture and discussion.

Ceramic Surface

Students will learn ceramic surface techniques such as scraffito and newsprint transfers onto vessels made by the ceramics club, as well as see a wheel throwing demonstration. Ceramic work will then be fired in a kiln and students may pick up their ceramics at a later date. Students will receive an email when their work is available for pick up.

Combining Traditional Processes with New Technology: Think It Make It Lab and Furniture Design

Participants will be introduced to the capabilities of Herron's Think It Make It Lab as well as the Furniture Design facilities. We will demonstrate a project in which the Think It Make It Lab can augment Herron's other fantastic facilities (in this case, the woodworking facilities in Furniture Design) and show examples of some of the remarkable and innovative ways our students have already begun to use these new technologies. Students will take home an engraved box.

Silkscreen Printmaking

An introduction to silkscreen printing techniques. Students will choose from a variety of designs and colors to print onto sheets of high-quality paper. Students will take home their prints and an introductory knowledge of silkscreen printmaking.

The Wonderful World of Welding

Come work with faculty and students from the Sculpture Department as you learn to bend, cut, and weld steel. This is a very hands-on session that will allow each student to try multiple applications. Safety will be discussed with each process and individual attention will assure that everyone has a great experience. This can be a messy process, so come dressed in work clothes - everyone will need to wear long pants and closed toed shoes. We will provide all other safety gear.

What Type Are You?

Create a self-portrait using typography. This workshop will use Adobe Illustrator software to create a personal self-portrait based on the alphabet as form. Introductory level understanding of software required. Bring a photograph of yourself that clearly shows your face as a guide.

Guest Programming

While students are creating in our workshops, parents and guests have the opportunity to participate in programming designed especially for them. A hands-on art workshop and a careers in the arts panel with Herron faculty will be available. Herron admissions representatives will also be on site to answer any questions. More information on guest programming will be provided at check-in.


Ready to attend?  Registration for Discovery Day  will remain open until January 27th. Students will be placed in workshops on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registration is required to attend this event. Walk-ins will not be able to participate in workshops without prior registration.


This event will begin in Eskenazi Hall, located at 735 W New York St, Indianapolis, IN 46202. Check-in will be located just inside the doors at the northwest side of the building.


Visitors should park in the Visitor Parking section of the Sports Complex garage located at 875 W New York St, Indianapolis, IN 46202. Parking validations will be given at check in. Please do not park in the surface lot next to Eskenazi Hall. This lot is for IU Parking Permit holders, and you may be ticketed if you park there. Herron and IUPUI are not liable for tickets received by parking outside of the visitor parking garage.


Questions about the event?

Contact our Office of Admissions and Student Services at 317-278-9400 or at