As the saying goes, "a rising tide lifts all boats." Which is why our mission is to elevate the level of design, craftsmanship and visibility of high-end concrete. In order for concrete to be recognized as a premier artisanal material, it should be fashioned at a master level. By training professionals and those just learning the craft, we help artisans reach their full potential and benefit the industry as a whole – increasing the value of finely produced concrete in the process.
Since 2005, more than 1,200 artisans have attended training workshops at Concrete Design School (C.D.S.). During this time, we have built a reputation for excellence in the industry, which is why so many have trusted us to teach the art of high-end concrete design. What sets us apart is experience, and we invite you to experience the difference. Register for a hands-on workshop today.
A B O U T C.D.S.
You’ll learn from craftsmen who are currently creating custom concrete pieces for high-end clientele. People who practice their trade daily will teach you the same techniques used to operate successful, award-winning concrete businesses. These workshops offer instruction on the latest techniques and insights in concrete design.
C.D.S. I S A G O R E D E S I G N C O M P A N Y
If you’re going to spend money on a concrete class, shouldn’t someone currently making a living in concrete design and fabrication teach it? It has always been our goal to offer our attendees “tried and true” skills from qualified instructors that successfully run their own businesses. Our instructors innovate and master unique approaches through years of trial and error - client project after client project. That is the value in what they bring to the table and teach to every attendee of our workshops.
What sets our training apart is the relevance of our information. The school’s position under the GDCos. umbrella allows us to give you current, real-world knowledge of what it takes to make it in this profession today.
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And we’ll show you how we do it, using products and techniques proven to work.
T H E S K I L L S
At C.D.S., our workshops focus on the following skills to help you reach the level of quality expected at the highest echelon of architecture and interior design:
April 29, 2019 - May 3, 2019
April 29, 2019 - April 30, 2019
SESSION TIME AND CAPACITY
2 full days of training in the Concrete Design School Headquarters located in Eureka Springs, Arkansas
These sessions are limited to 15 participants to ensure hands-on learning and class participation
First-time Students: $1875
You may be asking yourself, which ticket type should I purchase? If this is your first time attending a Concrete Design School Workshop you should choose the 'First Time Student' ticket. If you have previously taken part in a Concrete Design School class you should choose the 'Alumni' ticket, as we offer special reduced pricing to returning attendees as way of saying thank you for your continued support.
THE FINE PRINT
If you need to cancel, the course fee will not be refunded but the amount can be used towards a future Concrete Design School workshop.
All participants will be required to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement with penalties for unauthorized disclosure of material. The methods and formulas taught during the class may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in any form.
Concrete Design School reserves the right to change, modify or cancel the class schedule at any time.
may 1, 2019
In this 1-day class we will work together in teams to design and cast a piece of furniture. We will cover design criteria, the basics of concrete, tools and materials, form building, and how to properly and professionally cast, cure and finish concrete.
It is extremely important to note that this class is an exploratory exercise. The purpose is to open your way of thinking in all aspects; furniture design, materials, and fabrication. Expect to fail, for through failure lies the answer. Failure is a fundamental aspect of knowledge, and one that we embrace wholeheartedly. Many of the workshop pieces turn out perfect, and many do not, but all have a lesson contained within.
May 2, 2019 - May 3, 2019
Concrete Design School is the continuation and progression of training workshops that Brandon Gore of Gore Design Co. and Hard Goods begun in 2005. At that time GFRC (glass-fiber reinforced concrete) was in its infancy of being utilized in the application of concrete sinks and countertops. Training was not available then, it was all trial and error.
Our training has continued at a steady pace since 2005. Over that period of time the techniques, materials, tools and the methods of teaching them have been refined. With the launch of Concrete Design School we hope to continue to lead the advancement of the craft of concrete. We will do so with the help of our industry partners, associate trainers and the continual progression of excellence that can only be gained through sustained hard work and innovation.