Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Gandhi Brigade / MCPL Tech Team

The Gandhi Youth Media Brigade and MCPL have been working together since the opening of the Long Branch Digital Media Lab in 2014. We are excited to have taken the next step in this collaboration with the introduction of free 12 week video production and graphic design classes for high school students.

Instructor stands in front of a whiteboard facing two teenage students sitting at a table
Students participate in the fall classes.
This collaboration launched last fall with classes at five locations during the fall semester. We really enjoyed seeing the teens expand their skills and knowledge over the course of the classes as they worked on their projects.

This spring, the classes will expand to seven locations. Classes at Silver Spring, White Oak, Marilyn Praisner, and Olney start Monday, January 23. Classes at Rockville Memorial and Kensington Park start January 24, and classes at Twinbrook start January 26. Silver Spring will offer graphic design. All other locations will offer video production. All classes will meet 3:30–5:30 pm once a week for twelve weeks. Participants are asked to register in advance. Register now open for all locations!

MoComCon January 21, 2017
Want just a taste of graphic design? Gandhi Brigade will also be joining MCPL at our first comic convention, MoComCon, January 21 at our Silver Spring branch. They will be running one-hour Adobe Illustrator workshop classes introducing the tools, materials and procedures used to create a digital portrait trace of comic super hero characters. The workshops will be held at 12, 1, and 2 pm. Registration will be held in person at the Silver Spring branch beginning at 11 am on January 21.

The collaboration on these classes has also led to other cooperative efforts. After the fall classes, Gandhi Brigade staff worked with Olney branch staff to produce our winter-themed video. This winter-themed video is about all the resources MCPL has to offer and features Olney staff, volunteers, and friends. The lyrics were written by Heather Wright, Head of Children's Services at Olney. Gandhi Brigade staff recorded the video. Sing along and enjoy!

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