Thursday, October 20, 2016

Paint Your Face (MidKids) - Day 2

We wrapped things up today with a quick intro on using the paint bucket tool in Microsoft paint. Using that, we were able to easily (or not so easily) fill in our drawings that we scanned and uploaded with color. We got some pretty funky results that are totally unique and awesome-looking!

Movie Making (MidKids) Videos

It took us a while, but the PNG MidKids movies that actually got finished have been uploaded to YouTube for your viewing pleasure!

Papercraft & Photoshop - Day 4

Today was Photoshop day! Now that we completed all of our crafts, we can go full Photoshop mode. We opened up our pictures in the program and were able to use the lasso and quick selection tool to help us in adding a background to our crafts. After we took care of all that, we had time to go back on the internet and add other miscellaneous objects to our designs. The results turned out pretty cool!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Paint Your Face - Day 1 (MidKids)

Day one of the now staple PNG class was today! The class is meant to give the kids some basic Photoshop skills while letting them release their inner artist. Today consisted of getting a drawing done of everyone and tracing it using a trace pad.

From there, all we have left to do is scan them to our computers and toy with them in Photoshop to give them our own unique spin!

Papercraft & Photoshop

Today we had a change of scenery for PNG and held class in the library's Lower Level Community Room.  With a lot more room to stretch out and be creative, we finished cutting out and gluing together our papercraft models, took pictures of them and even tried a little Photoshop!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

TinkerCAD (MidKids) - Day 2

Today was the last day everyone had to finish their designs! These designs were meant to be a quick intro to the world of 3D design, but they still turned out awesome. After working on it and adding finishing touches, we exported them to the 3D printer and got them ready to print. We should get our designs some time next week!

Stay tuned for more 3D printing classes offered for this age group!

Papercraft & Photoshop - Day 2

Today is all about precision. The trickiest part of all this was not the tedious cutting, but the painstakingly hard folding. We got the hang of it after a couple minutes and by the end of the class, we were able to complete our craft and take a picture of it. We are now ready for the second phase of Papercraft & Photoshop: the Photoshopping!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

TinkerCAD (MidKids) - Day 1

The wait is finally over. Upon high demand, the TinkerCAD class has been given a MidKids time slot. They now have an opportunity to use the 3D printer everyone always asks to use! This was a simple introduction to CAD design and we got the basics down. Next class we will be ready to design and print our 3D models!

Papercraft & Photoshop - Day 1

Who doesn't love a good, old-fashion paper craft? Today, we spent some time finding our favorite characters on a website that turns them into a flat design. From there, we printed the design on cardstock and began folding it into some awesome designs. It was a lot harder than it looked...

Next class, we hope to wrap up the design folding and from there we can get a head start on the "
tech" part of the class. We will Photoshop our designs into any background we can think of!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Hour of Code (Teens)

A very laid back class today. Some coding regulars came along and had a chill coding session. We kept on reinforcing previously learned skills so we have them 100% down, like Drag-and-Drop coding, if-then statements, and all that jazz. Who said coding can't be fun?

We have many more coding classes to come, so be on the lookout!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Hour of Code! (Mid-Kids)

We had a bunch of coding new comers today! As always, we used as a simple introduction to what coding is, and if they got the hang of it, we got them started on script coding via Khan Academy, which is a lesson-style videos teaching everyone what JavaScript is!

Everyone got a pretty good understanding of the basics and we're looking forward to getting more advanced in the realm of coding.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Movie Making (Mid-Kids) - Day 6

We had to wrap things up today, unfortunately. But on the bright side, we finally learned about green screen keying! Everyone was waiting for the day we could make use of the giant green screen we used during filming. After everyone got to adding their own backgrounds, they just had to add some final adjustments. Once that was all done, we finished our movies! (some more than others).

 Be on the look out for future classes on video editing and filming

Glass Silhouettes - Day 2

We had one last class to finish our awesome vinyl project. Last class, we were able to finish editing our silhouettes in Photoshop. All that was left for us today is to bring our designs to life by cutting them out on our Silhouette Cameo vinyl cutter. We left today with our own unique glass panel crafts!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Movie Making (Mid-Kids) - Day 5

We are on our last week of the session and we are so close to a finished product we can almost taste it! We wrapped up filming last week and already head a head start on editing, but we continued our editing grind today. We got rough cuts of our film and even started adding some sound effects. We plan on tackling the green screen next class and then just add finishing touches! Maybe even a blooper reel...

Glass Silhouettes - Day 1

Today was a quick intro to our vinyl-themed classes. We got to learn what our Silhouette Cameo vinyl cutter is all about. After giving the students some inspiration, we let them loose and let them pick out their own design online. After that, a quick rundown of how to use Silhouette Studio, the software used to design vinyl cuts, is all we needed to be well on our way to creating our unique pieces of vinyl art!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Movie Making - Day 4 (MidKids)

That's a wrap for all of our actors and actresses! We wrapped up the final scene today and we can finally movie on to the best part...editing. After exporting all the raw footage, we opened up Adobe Premiere for the very first time. With a quick lesson on how the software is used, we were well on our way to creating a rough cut of our short film.

TinkerCAD - Day 4

Today was everyone's last chance to put finishing details on their designs. After we had all of that taken care of, we were able to save and export our designs into files that our Makerbot 3D printer can print out. All of the designs turned out awesome!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Movie Making - Day 3 (Mid-Kids)

Lights, Camera, Action! The actors and actresses got a chance to be under the spotlight and put their acting chops to use. Today was also the first day we used the green screen. We got everyone familiar with how the green screen works. We finished a good chunk of the filming for our short film. After we take care of the filming, we have to take care of the tedious editing process.

TinkerCAD - Day 3

Today we continued on the great progress we have built up so far. Getting more advanced in techniques, like using hinges, is helping us create some awesome designs. All we have left are some finishing touches and we should be done. That will be taken care of next class!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Movie Making - Day 2 (Mid-Kids)

We are still working hard on getting the script done and ready for filming, but we made some really good progress. We have some set props and we should be ready for filming by next class so our scriptwriters must be ready to become actors and actresses very soon! We will take out the green screen next class and get the camera rolling!