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Year-Round Workshops for Girls

TechARTS for Girls (est. 1999) is a community action project that encourages girls from the city of Buffalo and Erie County to receive an affordable hands-on education in computers, technology and media literacy.

For the current schedule, see below.

Registration must occur at least three days prior to the start date of workshop. Cancelations must take place one week before to receive a refund. No walk-ins accepted. Scholarships are available based on need.

While our website is under construction, please register via phone (716) 884-7172 or contact kevin@squeaky.org.

TechARTS for Girls has received generous support from Hodgson Russ LLP, Children’s Foundation of Erie County, Ronald McDonald House Charities of WNY, Cameron and Jane Baird Foundation, and the Margaret L. Wendt Foundation.

 


Schedule


 

Design It
August 5th – 26th
Saturdays, 10am-1pm

 

Welcome to the wild world of design, the practice of creating and combining symbols, images, and text to form the many visual representations of ideas. This workshop will explore the history and basic concepts of this longstanding artform. Using Adobe Illustrator, the industry standard design platform, students will learn to fashion their own logos, posters, and graphics. Topics covered include:

  • Design concepts
  • The history of design
  • The Illustrator interface and tools
  • Exporting and sharing projects

 

eCollage
September 2nd – 23rd
Saturdays, 10am-1pm

 

This workshop will explore the history and impact of collage on the art world and social justice. Using a mix of both Photoshop and Final Cut Pro X, students will learn to create and animate digital collages that explore topics that they want to make a statement about. This course focuses on post-production and animation and will be a benefit to anyone interested in animation or media arts. Participants will learn to:

  • Video Post Production
  • Key Frame Animation
  • Motion Graphics
  • Intro to Photoshop

 

Virtual Reality
October 7th – 28th
Saturdays, 10am-1pm

 

Many have asked the question: ‘what is virtual reality?’ Strangely enough, it turns out that the answer is a unanimous ‘anything you want it to be.’ This workshop will drop students directly into the word of VR, harnessing the powers of this rapidly expanding technology to manipulate time and space in ways that were never possible before. Participants will learn to:

  • Capture 360 video
  • Visualize space outside of the standard frame
  • Draw the viewer to key elements
  • Export projects for viewing on a headset or computer

 

The Commercial
November 4th – 25th
Saturdays, 10am-1pm

 

We all see ads on television or our computers every day, but do we ever really think about them and how they are produced? This workshop will explore one of the most popular and hidden forms of media, the commercial. Through an investigation of the history and evolution of this artform, students will work together to create their very own. Participants will learn:

  • The history of the commercial
  • Advertisement strategies and analysis
  • Basic video production & editing
  • Team-based production strategies

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