Microsoft and PicsArt are collaborating yet again, this time as a part of the YouthSpark initiative. Microsoft Stores across the nation are going to offer free programs to the public called YouthSpark Camp: Shoot, Edit, and Share with PicsArt. Young people will be taught photography and image editing with the popular application.
For those that don’t know, PicsArt is a creative image editor UWP available on the Windows Store for free. It has a lot of features to bring out your inner artist even with little experience. Besides the basic editing tools such as cropping and adjustments to color quality, photos can be turned into your personal canvas with filters of all kinds, masks that bring a new dimension to your images, and even a collage maker to show off your favorite pictures with drag and drop ease.
PicsArt Director of Content Megan Harmon shared in the press release:
“We believe it’s essential to keep creativity alive by teaching kids how to succeed at digital photography and editing…one of the most accessible art forms today. Our goal is to encourage everyone to go beyond the standard photo filter and get creative with their mobile devices. We’re proud to join Microsoft to empower kids around the country to explore, learn and create amazing things. Using technologies that may not be available to them in the classroom.”
Youth that participate in the camp are going to be given a certificate upon completion as well as a portfolio of their own work. The valuable experience also includes learning the foundations of photography and photo editing. This falls right in line with YouthSpark’s efforts to educate and expose younger generations to the potentials of technology and reinforce passion for forward thinking.
If you’re interested, contact your local Microsoft Store or visit the YouthSpark web page to find a program near you. Let us know in the comments if you or someone you know will be attending any of the PicsArt sessions.