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Partner: Center for ArtEsteem and West Oakland Middle School

Volunteer Project: teaching surface pattern design to 6th grade middle school students.

Utilizing my extensive knowledge of manufacturing, I created a curriculum for teaching surface pattern design to 6th grade students through a volunteer project with Center for ArtEsteem. The project included teaching the students about color palettes, icons, merchandising, production capabilities and creating art specifically for 3D products. The end result was tangible home products: decorative pillows, coffee and stainless steel mugs, phone cases, and greeting cards showcasing their artwork.

The Center for ArtEsteem is division of AHC Oakland, a non-profit organization that empowers individuals to be self-aware and inspired through art, creativity, and education, and to make positive choices to break the cycle of violence for themselves and their communities. Their creative programming empowers students and inspires learning by integrating the arts with classroom academic coursework in support of academic standards.  Since 1995, AHC programs have served over 57 at-risk schools and their communities, directly and indirectly reaching over 50,000 children, youth and families in West Oakland, East Oakland and San Francisco.

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