A free educational workshop for teens on design, prototyping, and app development, with the Harlem School of the Arts and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as Collective Assembly
A free educational workshop for teens on design, prototyping, and app development, with the Harlem School of the Arts and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as Collective Assembly.
AIGA/NY's Inspire/Make Program for Teens is a series of free weekend classes for high-school (grades 9-12) students who want to learn how to design and develop digital and electronic media. We’ll cover a breadth of disciplines, including graphic design for digital interfaces, creating apps and content for mobile and tablets, and physical prototyping with electronic components.
Our collaborator for the program pilot is The Harlem School of the Arts, a non-profit after school program that for nearly 50 years has transformed the lives of tens of thousands of young people ages 2-18 through world-class training in the arts. It offers its students the freedom to find and develop the artist, student, and citizen within themselves in an environment that teaches discipline, stimulates creativity, builds self-confidence and adds a dimension of beauty to their lives, empowering them to become the creative thinkers and innovative leaders of tomorrow.
Collective Assembly hosted a workshop on graphic design. Students will learn the basics of graphic design through an intensive but freeform class in which each student designs their own A0 (1189 x 841 mm) poster for both print and digital formats, from scratch. The class will be conducted in 4 parts in which students experience a typical graphic design process: 1) Inspire: Create/gather elements for the poster composition, collect inspiration from history to present; 2) Edit: Make final selections, retouch, and prepare content; 3) Design: Compose the poster and prepare for printing; 4) Publish: Print posters through the large format printer and publish online. Students will gain hands-on experience with industry standard graphic design software including Adobe InDesign and Photoshop. Ultimately, students will leave the class with both a printed poster and a digital portfolio piece.
Other workshops included "Making a Mobile App" with Will Turnage, and "Electronics Prototyping" with LittleBits. The initiative was made possible by AIGA/NY and Carla Echevarria.
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