Project Designation: Computer Graphic Design Workshop for Teens and Tweens

Earlier this month we had a great graphic design workshop taught by teens, for teens and tweens. The instructors are from Arcadia High School and they have created their own nonprofit organization called Project Designation, and they visit schools and libraries teaching kids graphic design concepts and leading them in an art project.

First the teens gave a presentation introducing concepts like secondary and tertiary colors and font types:

The theme of the activity this time was repeated shapes. Participants were split up into two groups. One group worked on making bookmarks featuring a creative use of their first initial, often repeating the letter again and again to make a design. The other group worked on designing cool shapes and cloning them, then giving them either a colorful background or slightly different colored fills. They were using Google Slides.

Here are some photos and videos of the great stuff they created! Can you guess the letters they used in the designs for their bookmarks?

AnnMarie Hurtado

I'm a youth services librarian working in the Children's Room at the Pasadena Central Library. I purchase juvenile nonfiction books for all sites, juvenile Spanish books for all sites, and juvenile DVDs for the Central Library. I do a lot of programs with school-age kids, including Lucha Libros, writing workshops, STEAM Careers in Pasadena, and other STEAM/science programs. I teach 1-2 sessions of Infant/Toddler Storytime each year. I love what I do, working with kids of all ages to inspire them to learn and use their curiosity and imaginations. Outside of my work at the library, I am also the author of a book, 36 Workshops to Get Kids Writing: From Aliens to Zebras.

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