DESIGN MUSEUM ACADEMY Young people workshop

Design Camp: Skateboard Deck Design for 11 to 14 year olds

A fun workshop to learn about the unique skill of deck pressing using the vacuum press – a hands on experience designing, making and decorating a skateboard deck to keep.

What to expect

After visiting one of our exhibitions for some inspiration, SkatetotheMAX will demonstrate the board-building process, followed by a hands-on experience of preparing and pressing two skateboards in smaller groups.

In the afternoon, participants will decorate a skateboard deck to take home.

Learning outcomes:

– How to vacuum press Canadian Maple veneers to form a skateboard

– How to shape a skateboard using hand tools

– Decorative skills, spray painting, drawing and air brushing

– Safety awareness when skateboarding


Tracey Swan – SkatetotheMAX

SKATEtotheMAX is a Community Interest Company that raises awareness of skateboarding safety. Tracey Swan has spent many younger years on boards and learnt first-hand the importance of skateboard safety. Her work with young people is fun and creative, teaching them new skills whilst talking about wearing head protection and PPE whilst skateboarding. STTM also continues to research and develop alternative headgear in partnership with Plymouth University.

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Booking information

Young people: £74

Young people (Early bird): £67

Members*: £59

*Please note that this benefit only applies to the cardholding Member’s children and not those of additional guests. 

Early bird until Saturday 4 May.

Capacity is limited, please book in advance to avoid disappointment.

• This workshop is suitable for ages 11 to 14

• All equipment, materials and light refreshments will be provided, but participants will need to bring a packed lunch.

• Please let us know of any access needs, including neurodiversity, when booking a place for your child. If your child receives additional support in their formal education setting, you are welcome to bring a carer/additional adult at no cost, but we are unable to provide 1:1 support.

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Images by SkatetotheMAX.