BlenderBlender! 3-D Animation Beginning – Intermediate

Blender is the free open source 3D content creation suite, available for all major operating systems under the GNU General Public License.  Class participants will learn basic 3-d modeling, shading, movement and much more. By the end of the course students will have created a robot with basic motion.

Time: Wednesdays, January 15th – March 19th, 2014
Lab Time starts at 3pm – come in early to work on your project independently. 
Instructor: Gerardo Valencia
Ages 11 – 19
Cost: $75

MusicVideos101Music Videos 101 – beats to streets

From the recording studio to shooting on location, the art of music videos paves the way to endless possibilities of individual and group creativity. Ever since the 1980′s music videos have been an outlet of creative artistic expression from the collaboration of musicians and filmmakers coming together to make one piece of artwork. With the creation of a music video workshop “Music Video 101” the youth will be empowered through both music and video production. 

Fall Dates: January 17th – March 21st, 2014 
Time: Fridays, 4-5:30pm (5:30-6pm – Lab Time) 
Instructor: Austin Valencia 
Ages 13 – 19
Cost:  $225  (no one is turned away for lack of funds. Scholarships are available.) 


DSLRRockstarDigital Photography – DSLR Rockstar

Become a DSLR rockstar, the camera is your brush and the world your canvas. Learn how to skew reality for better or worse, making a scene all your own but at the same time manifesting a piece of art others may relate with. Whether you have been taking photos your entire life but have never learned technique and specifics or you have always wanted to learn about cameras, this course will provide a foundation filled so tightly that any situation will become an opportunity for you and your camera.

Training Topics
  • Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO, Zoom, Basic Functions of the Camera, Rule of Thirds
  • Depth of Field, Everything Focus, Camera Integrity Awareness (is this a nice camera?)
  • Storytelling through Photos, Emotional Portrayal in Photos
  • All about Shots
  • Photoshop Basics
  • High Dynamic Range, Landscape Photography
  • Advanced Photoshop, Graphic Art
  • Produce a Portfolio with 8 weeks of Photography
Winter Dates: January 24th – March 28th, 2014
Time: 4-5:30
Instructor: Maxton Sharif
Ages 13 – 19
Cost:  $75


GEM – Girls engaged in Making Media

In collaboration with Girls to Women, Fresh Takes is offerring an all girls program scheduled to start in September 2013. GEM lasts 12 weeks and includes one weekly workshop and two Saturday intensives. The workshops take place on site at Girls to Woman in East Palo Alto with two field trips to the Fresh Takes Media Center in Redwood City. Through inter-disciplinary experiential learning activities, graphic design, online publication, and video production, workshop participants will create powerful PSA (public service announcements) and Internet memes that deal with issues of identity, beauty, self esteem, confidence and youth empowerment.

Start Date: September 13th, 2013 | Stay tuned for more updates on this program! If you are interested in enrolling please contact Joanna León


REELEYESThumbnailREEL EYES 2013-2014 Leadership Crew (Currently not accepted any new members until 2014)

Do you love to watch movies?  Do you love to make them?  Do you want to know the in’s and out’s of video production?  On average the American Teen is exposed to over 3,000 media messages a day.  Why not start creating your own.  This year long program provides you with the skills, hands on knowledge and gear to create media that matters to you, your peers, your family and community at large.  Participants create short films in all four categories of filmmaking; Narrative, Documentary, Experimental and Animation.  Currently there are only 3 spots left in the crew.  If you are interested please email or call 650-298-9172.  Last day to enroll is 9/13/13

Time: Tuesdays/Thursdays, 4-6pm 
Instructor: Sagesse Graham
Ages 13 – 19
Cost: FREE!