Photos from the First Workshop

With the second Design4Kids workshop just over two weeks away, I thought it would be a good idea to post a few of my favorite pictures from the first event held last November. Take a look and leave your feedback, questions, ideas etc. We want Design4Kids to extend beyond just the mentors and students attending the workshops to include the broader community of caring people.


Project Complete, Client Delighted, Party Follows

Typography Instruction and Nearing Final Product

Excursion Day Then Power for an Hour

Despite Power Failure, Creativity Abounds in Santiago Atitlan´

After sharing their homework assignment with us — layout of a tri-fold brochure for the client — our very talented students worked individually to create several logo options for their client. Each one was thoughtful and took into account the needs expressed by the client. Much careful consideration was then given by each to vote on, and explain the merit of their top three choices. Two designs quickly rose to the top, with two additional options included for further development.

The late afternoon brought with it a return of electricity (a BIG overnight wind storm downed a tree taking out a few power lines, a tramsformer and our power). With a return of power, Lynn was able to begin teaching Adobe Illustrator, which the kids took to like ´white on rice.´ Tomorrow they will begin to transfer their designs into ¨Illustrator.¨ What fun!!

Off to a Good Start

Sunset behind Vulcan Antigua as seen from Parque Central.

Arriving a day or two early in Antigua afforded quaint scenes in this colorful town.

On Sunday we went to the restaurant Pres. Clinton ate at while in Santiago.

The whole team begins to come together at the restaurant. Lynn, Carmen, Jessica, Stephanie, Abdisa, and David

Werner, Carmen, and David in Parque Central in Antiqua

Jason and Werner share tunes on the long bus trip from Antigua to Santiago Atitlan.

All the students gather around a table to interview the client to determine her communication needs.

Holley, from Santiago Atitlan, listens as the client describes the target audience.

Stephanie, from Guatemala City, listens intently.

Lynn from Austin, Texas, walk through the streets of Santiago with Werner and David to visit the client’s facility.

Holley, Joseffa, and Daisey.

Jason, Lynn, Joseffa, David, Holley, Daisey, Jessica, and Stephanie sit on the walk way in front of their client’s library in Santiago Atitlan.


Fotokids wishes you a very warm welcome!

We are very excited about this first workshop of Design4kids. There are 10 kids participating, 4 from Guatemala City and the other 6 from Santiago Atitlán. All are between 15 and 18 years old and have had some experience with PhotoShop. They are so looking forward to this.

I was quite impressed when I saw the profiles Jeff put up on this Blog! It should be a good group.

Some practical things; a cold front is moving in, so although 58 degrees at night doesn’t seem very nippy, it can be chilly in the evenings, so bring a sweater… and an umbrella or rain gear. The rainy season should be over, but not officially till mid November.

I am [going to be] posting some of the photography work of the kids participating. They were all chosen for either their sense of design or interest in learning computer graphics.

We will have two former Fotokids who are working with us at Fotokids and who speak English and can do some interpreting!

Nancy Morales age 26, who has just graduated from San Carlos University in graphic design but hasn’t had much exposure to Indesign and Illustrator. Nancy is currently designing a book for the United Nations on teen pregnancies. She won a scholarship to study with Jock Sturges at the Santa Fe Photography workshops and has been interested in nudes for the last 4 years.

Berlin Juarez will also join us. Berlin has worked as a still photographer for HBO’s Discovering Dominga, Hispanic Television Network and recently filming a trailer for the Hollywood production, Marimba Trade. He has been teaching Photoshop and design with us for the last 8 years. He is also 26. Both he and Nancy started with Fotokids in 1994 when they were 12-13 years old.

Marco Tulio, the taxi driver, will be outside the airport as you exit with a sign with your name on it. He has curly short black/gray hair and a moustache, slim, light complexion and wears penny loafers!

I’ve worked with Marco since my journalism days in 1985 when I first came to cover riots here. He is totally reliable. If however you find yourself stranded for any reason (which will not happen, but I have to add this) there are authorized taxis at the airport that can take you to Antigua for 225 Quetzales or so ($30).

Eric, Marco will not be waiting for you so just take an authorized taxi to Hotel Posada Belen, it’s only about a 15 minute ride that time of night.

There is a bank as you leave customs on the left hand side and an ATM machine I think. There are ATM’s in Antigua and Santiago. The exchange rate is Quetzal 7.5 to the dollar (more or less).

That’s about it! We’ll see you soon, and all join together for a good lunch at Calle de La Posada Real on 5th Avenida . My telephone number is 7832-8062 or my cell phone 5994-9993 then we will continue on to Santiago Atitlán!

Con Cariño,

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