Since March we’ve been working with 5th and 6th graders at Willow Creek Academy and following the Adobe Youth Voices Digital Design curriculum. In this workshop, students have been exploring various key concepts fundamental to digital design and also getting their feet wet learning how to take photos with digital cameras and edit them in Adobe Photoshop Elements.
While taking the portraits, students were encouraged to explore the difference between the close up and long shot, to look what it’s in the frame, what’s left out and connect how technical choices pair with creative meanings.
After taking photos, we reconvened and had a “crit”, to see as a group how the different technical and creative choices we made did and did not work in relation to our intended meaning.
Throughout the process we highlighted the importance of intentional choices…of course leaving room to pay attention to what is in the frame when the photo snaps and to be present to see where the artistic process wants to take you!
Stay tuned for more news about our final projects…Visual interpretations from an “I Am” poem we wrote, plus advanced editing in Adobe photoshop!
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So glad we have this program up and running. Now let’s get as many folks from YIA to (free!) training this summer at Bay Area Video Coalition: http://www.bavc.org/t3