Los Altos School District

Digital Design Program
School years 2009-2010 and 2010-2011.

Digital Design program replaced by the CSTEM program

The Digital Design class teaches children to use computers for creativity. They learn important concepts of art (color, balance, design) as well as basic concepts of computer technology (web pages, RGB colors, file formats) while having fun doing creative projects. Instead of just being consumers of digital media, they learn to be creators of original digital media.


1.    Builds creativity and innovation – key 21st century skills
2.    Teaches visual communication in today’s multimedia world
3.    Brings ‘’STEM” to schools
(STEM= Science,Technology, Engineering and Math)

The Digital Design program is part of the Fine Arts Block (FAB) program for 4th, 5th and 6th graders at the Los Altos School District.  Classes are offered at each of the 7 elementary schools on a weekly basis. This program has been made possible by the use of FREE and open source software and by parent donations to LAEF.



Digital Design Classes
  1. Design Track R: illustration and designing in 2D space . This is a class for 4th graders
  2. Design Track G: illustration and designing in 3D space . This is a class for 5th and 6th graders
  3. Design Track B: illustration and designing using programming . This is a class for 5th and 6th graders


Digital Design Track R Class Description
Students learn about the meaning of Digital Art and how computers can be used to create art. They learn about different art concepts like line, shape and color as well as many computer concepts like RGB colors, exporting files and more. They learn to use Inkscape, a vector drawing program to draw (illustrate) on the computer.

Digital Design Track G Class Description
Students learn about the meaning of Digital Art and how computers can be used to create art. They learn about different art concepts like line, shape and color as well as many computer concepts like RGB colors, exporting files, 3D spaces and more. They learn to use Inkscape, a vector drawing program to draw (illustrate) on the computer and to create 3D objects using shadows. They also learn to use SketchUp, a 3D modeling tool to create 3D objects like legos, furniture and houses.

Digital Design Track B Class Description
Students learn about the meaning of Digital Art and how computers can be used to create art. They learn about different art concepts like line, shape and color as well as many computer concepts like computer programming, RGB colors, exporting files and more. They learn to use Inkscape, a vector drawing program to draw (illustrate) on the computer. They also learn to use Scratch, a programming language designed for young people. Projects include repetitive geometric art, animation, and simple video games using programming.