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photoshop muggu

So i have been running after school photoshop classes for 5 years now. I decided  to get the kids to make digital versions of traditional Rangoli (or “muggu” in the local Telugu language) which are normally drawn in chalk powder on the thresholds of Hindu households. Anyway, the symmetry and limitless possibilities for design variations make them an excellent challenge, here are some examples:

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photoshop for beginners…

So the in charge of IT in the 2 schools where i teach has implemented a new policy this year of getting much younger children involved in using computers. Because of this i have taught much more photoshop this year and to younger kids. I concentrated on the drawing aspect of photoshop as they will be taught photography manipulation by the school. They have only been learning since i have been here and they made some genuinely beautiful drawings…

Above are 2 works by Christu Raju whom am convinced is some kind of genius…and yes that angel does look a bit like Michael Jackson…

Work by Hari…another genius…

As i may have mentioned before, photoshop is actually a valid and extremely vocational skill to be learned for young Indian students. As well as the fact that Andhra Pradesh (or namely Hyderabad) is a centre for information technology, there is also a flourishing industry for Photoshop artists who work in tandem with photographers to create fantasy albums for special events such as wedding ceremonies etc…

Chandra came in with a tiny newspaper cartoon clipping and came up with this…

…another beautiful drawing by Siva

photoshop boys…

All the work the boys do on photoshop is quite vocational around here. Apparently it is big business in this part of India to create special photo albums for people with tinted/manipulated colours and effects added. I gave them some of my photos and told them to do whatever they wanted with them:

my photo above: and now below Satyanarayana’s version:

again above is my photo and below Raja’s version is below:

above is my photo and Sunny’s version is below:

school…

Am seeing lots of things am not certain about here but rather than ranting (my usual methodology) am just going to report what i see and what people tell me. Who ever reads the blog can draw their own conclusions…

Today spoke to M the house mother where i am staying, she told me a little about her background, she is an ex-nun, now married. Her husband does not work (he has a bad back), and he lives in the neighbouring city. She sees him on her day off and he visits occasionally. This is a second marriage for him and she also helps to look after the family of the first marriage. Have heard this a lot here, the woman working and the man not, you also see women doing hard labour in the fields and on building sites (at least in the countryside).

Had a meeting with Johnny, an ex orphanage kid who now works in the office. He has been shooting short films and biogs on the children, but needs some help learning to edit, he wants to learn split screen so that he can show life before and after the kids come to the orphanage.

Tried Indian tea today, they like is very very sweet with milk

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Went to school to meet the kids who stay on after school to work in the computer lab. All boys, no girls, apparently girls are not interested or have other familial responsibilities that stop them from staying back after school. They are all quite good on photoshop (they make posters for their Bollywood heroes) and they all do small image ready animations. No one uses Illustrator, so i am going to begin there, lesson start after school on Friday.

montage_skipkids really like to skip around here