I recently took a teaching gig for the Kids off the Block program, a 501(c)3 nonprofit founded by Diane Latiker which focuses on ‘at-risk’ youth in Chicago’s south side. My aim is to teach a small group of boys the essentials of graphic design, with a focus on printing.

My basic curriculum goes as follows.

Editing and Creating Raster Images with GIMP

  • Layers
  • Resizing
  • Placement
  • Layer Order
  • Text
  • Exporting to Image Formats
  • Importing different formats
  • Filters
  • Cropping

Creating and editing Vector Images with InkScape

  • Illustration
  • Fill and Stroke
  • Raster Tracing
  • Automatic and Manual
  • Exporting to Vector and Raster

Some of the basic deliverables

  • Flyers
  • T-shirts
  • Album Covers
  • Logos
Teaching at Kids of the block

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