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Fotokids: To Capture Dreams

During workshop 4 students took on the task of designing covers and sample page spreads for a new book to be published about the first 20 years of Fotokids’ work with impoverished youth in Central America.

Cover Design Option 3 - Photo by David Ixbalan

As a volunteer instructor it was poignant for me to see these students produce very competent design work on a project that is essentially about their own growth as artists and as people. See covers and sample page spreads from their 3 design options here: Option 1, Option 2, or Option 3.

Design4Kids Workshop 5 is scheduled for November 14th through the 20th in Santiago Atitlan. We are actively seeking graphic designers, artists, and marketing professionals to join us for an amazing experience.


Thanks to our Contributors

Now that that the fourth Design4Kids workshop is complete, we’d like to say thanks to all of you who helped make it successful.

First there are those who traveled to Guatemala to teach classes and mentor the students through the service project. Cathy Shea of the Hewlett Packard company taught marketing basics, and coached the Jakaramba staff through the process of establishing a marketing plan. Stu Estler of Stu Estler Photography taught classes in Seeing and Modifying Light, and HDR photography. Eric Lolkema of Eric Lolkema Fotographia, taught a very thorough overview of Adobe Lightroom. You guys were awesome, and I know you know the students appreciate all you did.

New to this workshop were the online mentors and teachers; Kitty Florido and Vanesa JuarezWorking together via the internet, one in New York State, the other in Mexico City, they prepared a class on social media and delivered it to our students in Guatemala via Skype, and managed to get through 90% of the presentation before we lost power and the internet connection. That did not stop Kitty and Vanesa though. They followed up with the students individually and got them producing content everyday of the workshop. Thanks ladies, your help was tremendous!

Also helping remotely were the online reviewers, a panel of professional designers and photographers who took the time to review the students first draft book cover designs and note their comments for improvement. This work was hugely valuable to our students. Our very warm thanks go out to Phil Borges, Rodrigo Zarco, Von Glitschka, Jacob Cass, Stephen Tiano, Neto Gonzalez, Donovan Beery, Dariela Cruz (http://folkloreye.com), Nate Voss, and Telva Mejía Tefel.

We’re also grateful to the many who donated funds, gave us rides to the airport, helped print and package Design4Kids pen cases, and generally support what we’re doing. Big shoutouts and love to Joyce McClure, Lisa Krause, Lee Hendrickson, Julie Borden, John Reynolds, John and Patty Wall, Courtney Speigner, Jennifer Geist and all our friends at Bridges to Understanding.

Thank you everyone! Without your support, these workshops would not exist.

A Great Retreat | Un Gran Taller

La presentacion del proyecto en el que estuvimos trabajando esta semana, fue muy buena, estabamos todos aterrorizados, pero sabiamos que estabamos listos para recibir a nuestro cliente, los nervios y las ansias de ver nuestro trabajo reflejado en las expresiones de nuestro cliente, estamos seguros que obtuvimos un buen resultado, aprendimos mucho de cada uno de los mentores, aprendimos mucho de como hacer un plan de proyecto, de verdad este master taller fue estupendo, aunque por supuesto muy muy exahusto.

Gracias a todos por sus comentarios, por participar a traves de twitter, Facebook, blog, gracias a los mentores, a los participantes, a todos los de Design4kids. Seguiremos en contacto.Evie

The presentation of the project that we were working this week, was very good, we were all terrified, but knew we were ready to receive our client, nerves, and the longing to see our work reflected in the expressions of our client, we are confident we got a good result, we learned a lot from each of the mentors, learned a lot about how to make a project plan, really this master workshop was great, though of course very, very exhaustive.

Thank you all for your comments, participate through twitter, Facebook, blog, thanks to the mentors, students, all of Design4kids. Keep in touch. Evie

La fotos del tour disfrutenlas, The tour photos enjoy it!.

Estas son algunas de las fotos que tomamos durante el tour por santiago el lunes, disfrutenlas.

Here are the photos that we took during our tour of Santiago Atitlan, enjoy them!

enjoy our video, disfruten de nuestro video

Espero que hayan visto el video que hicimos para agradecer a todos ustedes que nos apoyan y motivan por medio de sus comentarios, sigan comunicandose.

Video Thanks

I hope all of you see the video that we made to say thank’s to all of you who support and motivate us  through your comments, keep in contact, and follow us.

Good and progressive day, un dia muy bueno y lleno de progreso

Taller D4K(4)
Después de nuestro paseo ayer, todos regresamos muy llenos de informacion no solo en nuestras mentes si no tambien en en los momentos capturados con nuestras fotografias, por la tarde iniciamos una actividad muy llena de creatividad, es mas manual, se nos encomendo la tarea de imprimir las playeras de Design4kids, es una tradicion que al final del taller se entregen como recuerdo a todos los participantes, entonces estuvimos trabajando hasta las 11:00 y luego iniciamos a trabajar en nuestro diseño de pagina para el libro, nos dividimos en 3 grupos para que cada grupo presente un boceto hoy por la noche, el boceto ganador se pulira y sera presentado el jueves junto con el diseño de la portada. Por cierto gracias a todos los que nos han dejado comentarios, si los hemos leido, solamente por cuestiones de tiempo y acceso a internet no hemos iniciado a responderlos, pero quiero que sepan que si hemos recibido todos sus comentarios y lea agradecermos el tiempo que se toman para ayudarnos y darnos sus opiniones.

After our walk yesterday, we all came back so full of information not only in our minds but also in moments captured in our photographs, in the evening we started a business so full of creativity, is more manual, we were selected to do Design4kids print shirts, is a tradition that at the end of the workshop give t-shirts as a reminder to all participants, then we worked until 11:00 p.m. and then started to work on our design page for the book, we divided into 3 groups for each group to present a sketch tonight, the winner sketch polishing and will be presented on Thursday along with the cover design. By the way thanks to all who have left comments, if we read, only because we time and internet access constrains, we have not begun to respond, but I want you to know that if we have received all your comments and read all, Thanks to take the time to  help and give your opinions

Listos para salir de paseo, Ready to go,

Hoy vamos a ir de paseo con un tour guiado, visitaremos lugares representativos y llenos de cultura de Santiago Atitlan, va ser una gran aventura, ya todos estamos listos con nuestras camaras, a capturar momentos!

Today  we will go for a walk with a guided tour and will visit places full of representative culture  of Santiago Atitlan, will be a great adventure, and we are all ready with our cameras to capture moments!

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