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The Edge - Digital Basics Workshops

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by The Unreliable Narrator (subscribe)
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Published July 17th 2011
I never considered myself a nerd so I was rather apprehensive hosting a digital workshop for the Edge's Bread And Butter series. In my uni days, I was the technological dunce who left finger marks on expensive plasma screens thinking they were touch screens. While everyone embraced the sleek design and useability of the
Mac, I cursed it for exposing my technological inadequacies as I fumbled to turn it on.

Bread And Butter is a series of free evening workshops that teaches all your digital basics from recording music, to photo manipulation, video editing, graphic design, building a website, and animation.

It may sound like the place to go to pick up techno geeks but I was pleasantly surprised by the diverse group of participants in my first animation workshop. Most people had never touched the software before. Some had seen animated shorts and motion graphics on Youtube and were interested to learn about the skills involved in making the works.

While the workshop won't turn you into budding animators, you'd be well on your way to manipulating family photos into animated cards for Christmas.

What was most rewarding about this workshop was seeing young people with no previous digital experience giving it a go and having fun. As an active user of the Edge, I'm frequently met with ambivalence when touting the space to my friends outside the digital realm. This latest offering from the Edge should inspire young people to the scope of creative projects that can be achieved with the equipment at your fingertips.

The workshops will run for the next few months but bookings are required. Check out the sessions and booking information at edgeqld.org.au/blog/2011/06/16/bread-and-butter-your-digital-basics/

If classes are booked out, do put your name on the waiting list. I have always found the Edge staff very receptive to feedback and responsive to user needs.
Why? Pick up a new skill free of charge in a friendly environment, make some new friends, explore a great space in Brisbane

When: once a month, sessions vary. See the Edge website for details

Where: The Edge, State Library of Queensland, Stanley Place, Cultural Centre, Southbank

Cost: Free

Additional tip: For a relaxing afternoon, the Edge has private hubs with comfy seats and river views. Buy a coffee, take a laptop or a book and chill out.
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Where: The Edge, State Library of Queensland, Stanley Place, Cultural Centre, Southbank
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