Inkscape is a free vector editing software similar to Adobe Illustrator, CorelDraw, Freehand. Inkscape is free! You can study the source code and get inspired to build a plugin. It is used by professionals all over the world for creating flyers, designing and building logos, business cards and artistic illustrations.
“Vector based” means that the the resulting artwork is created using lines and shading that is generated or controlled mathematically as opposed to the traditional (by hand) or bitmap (by hand on a computer) way to creating art. The two forms are frequently combined, however vector based drawing software predominates for the creation of engineering and architectural drawings as well as business logos and artistic illustrations.
To see examples of vector based artwork click here. Note how the shading is finely graduated and how the curves are consistently smooth.
The workshop will cover 3 aspects:
- The technical usage of the software – along with some basic theory
- Design considerations – how to ensure e.g. logos and newsletters have a balance between white space and content, wording adapted to the audience and the target of the communication, etc.
- Practical group works in order to create a poster or graphic that tells an interesting story based on a current affairs topic, and or a family montage that they can take home.
This workshop will be offered early next year.
- Learn how to use InkScape and it’s core functionality
- Learn design fundamentals – designing with the message and audience in mind
Learn to use the following InkScape tools
- Drawing tools
- Vector tools
- Transformation tools
- Edit nodes or control handles to manipulate or create a path
- The text tool
Students will create artwork that they can take home,
- Suitable ages: 9 to 16 Years
- No other requirements
Materials provided by us
- All material will be provided.
Materials that student should bring