So you might remember this past October I started teaching a weekly digital media course to middle-school aged Girl Scout troop using Gimp and Inkscape on Fedora live USB sticks. We held 2-hour sessions in a community center computer lab on Friday nights, assisted by volunteer teaching assistants and Kim who was the Girl Scouts’ class facilitator. I wasn’t really as good about blogging the class as I hoped to be – I wanted to blog each session, but was a bit over-ambitious about being able to do that during the holiday season (plus, the classes were Friday nights so there wasn’t really any time after class to take care of it.)
That being said, the class ended right before Christmas. Over the course of the class, I developed various lesson booklets based on the girls’ progress and interests. Some of the material took two class sessions to cover, so some weeks we didn’t have fresh material; the material on holiday cards and journals was created after three of the girls asked if we could do a class on how to do those things. The final two classes focused on creating T-shirt designs for T-shirts the students could keep – they could select a design they had done earlier in the class and format it for a shirt, or create a completely new design. I sent those to EmbroidMe Chelmsford last week and I’ll be picking them up likely sometime in the next couple of weeks to distribute to the girls.
I’ll be giving a talk about how the class went at FUDCon Tempe in hopes of inspiring and preparing other folks who have thought about volunteering for similar projects. Since I’m in the process of finishing my slides for that talk, I thought it would be useful to present all of the materials developed for the course here.
Please feel free to modify and/or distribute these materials under a Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 license! (Attribution to Máirín Duffy and Red Hat, Inc. appreciated.)
Fun with Photos, Part 1
- Download Fun With Photos Part 1 PDF(10 page, 2.5 MB PDF)
- Question of the Day: If you could visit anywhere in the world (or even in space!), where would you
want to go?
- Project: Use Gimp’s layer masks to compose a photo of yourself at your dream destination.
Fun with Photos, Part 2
- Download Fun With Photos Part 2 PDF (2 page document that folds into a 4-page booklet. Please print duplex. 2.4 MB PDF)
- Question of the Day: If a Hollywood makeup artist offered to do your look for Halloween, what face paint, makeup, and/or hair dye would youask for?
- Project: Combine Gimp’s layer masks and blending modes to create virtual Halloween makeup on a photo of yourself.
Creating A Personal Logo
- Download Creating A Personal Logo PDF (2 page document that folds into a 4-page booklet. Please print duplex. 1.7 MB PDF)
- Question of the Day: If you were a solo musical artist, what kind of style would your brand have? Would it be fun? Serious? Dark? Happy and bright? Retro? Futuristic? Tropical? Urban? Think about it!
- Project: Using Inkscape, choose a font, colors, and effects to create your own personal logo.
Your First Album Cover
- Download Your First Album Cover PDF (2 page document that folds into a 3-page booklet. Please print duplex. 629 KB PDF)
- Question of the Day: If you could do an album with any musician today, who would it be? What would your album title be, and what kind of music would you create?
- Project: Using Inkscape and your personal logo, create a album cover for a musical collaboration between you and your favorite artist(s). You may use Gimp to create a photo of you together with your selected artist(s).
Cards and Journals
- Download Cards and Journals PDF (2 page document that folds into a 4-page booklet. Please print duplex. 629 KB PDF)
- Question of the Day: What are your favorite types of holiday greeting cards?
- Project: Using Inkscape and the Open Clip Art Library feature built into Inkscape, create a holiday card or a personal print-out journal.
Using These Materials
Again, please feel free to modify and/or distribute these materials under a Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 license! (Attribution to Máirín Duffy and Red Hat, Inc. appreciated.) All of the sources for these course materials are available here: http://duffy.fedorapeople.org/blog/girlscouts/course materials/sources As a note, the first course packet was created using OpenOffice.org. All of the others were created using Inkscape.
If you would like information on how to create the live USB sticks used in this course, I wrote up a HOWTO on the LibrePlanet wiki.
Shout-out to the FSF’s Womens’ Caucus for the project idea, organization, and assistance; teaching assistant volunteers Martin Owens, Asheesh Laroia, and Deb Nicholson; Rachael Tepperman and Kim Schroff from the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts for making the class possible; and most especially Marina Zhurakhinskaya for going above and beyond in helping instruct the class and assisting the girls and rallying volunteers.