It was an election year: the perfect opportunity for demonstrating the value of the vote, the mechanics of media and propaganda, and the responsibility of the Fourth Estate.  A routine, short-term, volunteer commitment at a local public middle school became a 9-month engagement, creating and implementing curriculum for a 7th grade Journalism class. The success of the project resulted in a regular digital design class which met 4 days a week for the next two years, co-sponsored by the Stonestown YMCA, as part of their after-school program. Students received instruction in design and video production, practical advice on responsible use of social media, and invitations to screen their completed works in district festivals. Word got around and a similar class was set up for K-5 kids which ran for a few years through the non-profit organization which supported a local elementary school. Future screenwriters, designers, cinematographers, directors, animators, actors, and social pundits participated in collaborative projects and also worked independently, learning how to take an idea and transform it into a coherent finished piece. Not sure who learned more or had more fun, myself or the students. Probably about even. 

GUMBO AND GOLD TEETH • Zakia and Darreyana talk about family. 6th Grade, Aptos Middle School.

VENGA BAILAR • Brieanna tries her hand at stop frame photo animation. 8th Grade, Aptos Middle School.

HIP HOP GRAFFITI • Aptos Aerosol Art Club works on a school yard mural. Grades 6-8.

EARTH, TAKE CARE OF HER • Brieanna talks about her native country, the planet, and our responsibilities.

I LOVE DOGS • One of Kameya's many creative endeavours and a fascination with the early iPod campaign. 6th grade, Aptos Middle School.

SNEAKERS AND HOODIES • Two 6th graders are inspired by Photoshop and a few of their favorite things.

I WANT TO TAKE A PICTURE • Harvey Milk kids talk about their school. Grades K-5.

MONKEY BUSINESS • Simple drawings and photos come alive with a very creative soundtrack. 7th grade.

LIGHTS ON • Students document their experience through video, photos, and an original soundtrack.

BOOM BOOM POW • This 6th grader loved drawing and then tried her hand at designing with Photoshop.

REDUCE WORLD SUCK! • Two students from different grades and backgrounds join forces for a cause.