TASTE: a culinary adventure, Food & Graphic Design

MINI WORKSHOP: 2 nights, contact to book




a condensed version of the itinerary below

It's all about the TASTE! Food culture and graphic design blend together in this unique summer study. Find inspiration and nourishment – literally and metaphorically – as we explore food from garden to table, participate in a cooking class and then share in cooking responsibilities, enjoy the simple pleasures of communal conversations around the dining table (no cell phones allowed) extended to the evening campfire. Explore the culinary delights on road trips around middle Tennessee from BBQ to Food Truck culture from Nashville to Memphis and small towns we may discover in between. Document your experiences in a visual narrative, exploring Designer as Author*. Produce portfolio quality projects all about food – from branding to restaurant design, food truck design, food festival posters, packaging, and more. Session will include conversations with a designer in this discipline and food photographer. Receive design coaching and mentorship.


*What does this mean for non-designers? If you like to write or photograph or are interested in these types of activities, you are welcome to join in this workshop.


Limited to 14 participants. Create, commune, cook, explore, spend time by the campfire all at our retreat center in rural Tennessee. Recreational activities may include kayaking, canoeing, hiking and other outdoors activities. Participants must bring their own supplies including sketchbook, drawing materials, digital camera, laptop and have current Adobe software installed (you can purchase a month rental from Adobe).



Lodging – The residential facilities at Camp Wonder Wander are comfortable and cozy designed for multiple functions from workshops to group meals cooking together to huddling around the campfire or woodstove. The sleeping quarters are upscale dormitory where you will most likely have at least one roommate. Single rooms available on request for additional fee.


Food – at the camp will be included in the program fee, we will cook and clean together. Camp Wonder Wander's goal is to provide healthy meals using organic and local options as much as possible catering to all types of nutritional plans such as gluten free, paleo, pescatarian, vegetarian, vegan. If you aren't following a special diet you won't feel left out here. Special consideration will be given to food allergies or other food plans - please comment on this in your registration or send an email.


Coaching/Instruction – program fee includes instruction and coordination of activities/workshops by Valerie Sloan, a professor of graphic design.


Transportation – may be included based on the make-up of the participation. We will first explore various zones in Nashville to kick off our adventure. If some participants are willing to car share, then there won't be a need for a group van. Or we'll have a group van for the explorations, but individuals will use their own transport to and from the facility outside of Hohenwald. On day 1 we will explore Nashville and on Day 3 we will venture to Memphis to conduct a similar exploration of the food culture.




Transportation – to and from the camp for arrival and departure is not included in the program fee. If you would like to be picked up in Nashville arrangements can me made for a minimal fee. Please make note of this in your registration for coordination.


Food – on the days we are exploring the culture of the nearby cities individuals are responsible for their own meals.



Camp Wonder Wander engages people in wonderlost + wanderlust. Sessions are  designed for everyone to be creative. If you are interested in meeting and communing with new people, getting back to basics and rejuvenating your creative spirit, or just want the chance to turn off the phone to explore a new place and make a project or more that has no clients involved.



No cancellation within 30 days, but may receive a credit of 75% payment towards future workshop. Cancellation prior to the 30 day window will incur a service fee of 10% of the registration.


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contact to book for your group

Day 1: 
Arrive in Nashville by noon for group introductions. lunch and overview of afternoon exploration of food culture in Nashville

Evening drive to camp

Late night - food related movie


Day 2:
Late morning gathering to discuss findings – writings, photos, musings.

Discussion of authorship from design perspective, examples of artist and design books, assessment of skill levels and individual needs for coaching

Lunch available as you work

Afternoon individual work sessions

Evening – cooking class


Day 3:

Early morning departure to Memphis
Lunch and afternoon exploration in small groups
Document wanderings and wonderings with sketches, notes, photos, collected artifacts
Meet for group dinner at a selected restaurant

Late return to camp


Day 4:
Late morning gathering to discuss findings, compare and contrast to first day

Lunch available as you work on your own project, individual consultation as needed
Group dinner, evening discussion and critique of progress to date


Day 5:

Late morning gathering to discuss progress and pulling it all together as a responsive piece

Lunch available as you work, but don't forget to take a break, take a stroll, sit outside, walk down to the river for a canoe ride.
Evening final group dinner and campfire circle


Day 6:

Group breakfast to wrap up and show your work


* Optional to stick around for one more evening, please contact us if you would like to arrange accommodations for the 4th instead of departing today. If you want to add to your exploration of food, several small towns have festivities for the independence holiday.

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Camp Wonder Wander

599 Gaither Hinson Rd.

Waynesboro, TN 38485



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