Summer Camps @ Westlake High School

Welcome to my page! I have fifteen years experience teaching Digital Graphics/Animation to high school students and four years of experience teaching Video Game Design. All my camps are taught at a very rigorous level using industry standard software. Camps are small so students get more individual help from me. I am very excited about teaching this technology to young minds in this technology driven world.

Students will receive a flash drive to save their work daily and resources to continue working on their work over the summer. Thirty five percent of camp fees go back to the district for future education. Snacks will be provided during breaks. Please let me know if your child has any food allergies or medical concerns. Friday will include a pizza party and students can demo their work to their parents. 

**If campers sign up for both morning and afternoon camps they can bring a lunch and play games/create crafts from 12 to 1 pm.  Feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions


Class Fees - $300

Location - Westlake High School 4100 Westbank Dr.  78746 Lab 337

Instructor - Darcie Gilde WHS Digital Graphics/Animation/Video Game Instructor

RegisterEISD Community Education Enrichment Classes

Contact - 512.732.9280 x33109

Video Game Design

Video games are a multi-billion dollar industry and one of the leading forms of entertainment in the world. This camp provides students with an array of skills required in this exciting industry. Students will learn concepts and tools to create levels, models, and mechanics for games using the game engine Unreal Engine 4. This camp will give students a start and glimpse into the fascinating world of game design. Some prior computer experience required. Recommended for students in grades 4th through 8th. June 24th - 28th  9am - 12pm and  July 15th -19th 1pm to 4pm.

3D Modeling and Printing

Design and print your own 3D models! Students will learn how to create 3D models in Maya using 3D tools. See first hand how this new technology is changing our world in fields such as medicine and construction. Students will also learn how to print their 3D model on a classroom Markerbot Replicator II 3D printer. No prior 3D experience required. Recommended for students in grades 4th through 8th. Students will bring home their work on Flash Drive along with a printed 3D model.  June 24th - 28th  1pm to 4pm.  July 15th - 19th 9am to 12pm. 


Camp Animation

Discover how animators at Pixar or Disney produce animated cartoons and movies. Students will learn classic animation using light boards and then move on to more modern animation in Adobe Animate. During the camp students will create Claymation, Stop Motion, Stick Figure animation and more! Animation techniques such as time lines, key framing, motion tweening, onion skinning, timing, and spacing will be taught. June 17th - 21st 1pm to 4pm.  July 8th -13th 9am to 12pm.

Camp Photoshop

Become a Digital Artist and learn Adobe Photoshop! During the camp students will create pixel art, digital collage, compositions and photo manipulation. Campers will learn how create their digital art directly on the screen of  22HD Wacom drawing tablet. Students will learn intermediate techniques in Adobe Photoshop such as using layers, free transform, color balance, shape tools, filters, vector graphics, adjustment layers, masking and more! No prior computer experience required. Recommended for students in grades 3rd through 8th. June 17th -21st 9am to 12am. July 8th - 12th 1pm to 4pm.