FutureBook hosts camps and workshops during summer and fall months to kickstart creativity and yearbook training. The largest workshop, taking place over three days at St. Michaels University School, in Victoria, BC, recently wrapped up. It was the warmest camp on record, with temperatures reaching up to 32 degrees! Plenty of cold water, a raucous game of Chuck the Chicken and a refreshing auditorium helped to keep the students cool.
Photo courtesy of Sid Akselrod
“Throughout the camp, the students were challenged to bring together the ideas and techniques the they learned and create their own layout. It was also an opportunity for students to meet new people and get inspired from what other schools have done. It goes without saying that the three days were not only filled with work but also excitement!” Joanna Zhang, Vancouver Technical
Adobe InDesign training was the focus of this workshop, but education was rounded out with copywriting, file management, deadline scheduling, infographic creation, photoshop manipulation and much more. Some students and advisors return to the summer camp yearly to freshen their skills, while others are just joining a yearbook staff for the first time. As always, the evolution in skills and design the campers show in only a few days is incredible. This is certainly thanks to passionate and amazing yearbook advisors: Rainer Mehl from Kitsilano Secondary, Noah Choy from Delview Secondary and Nigel Reedman from Vancouver Technical all helped to provide training and expertise during the camp.
We love seeing the camaraderie as yearbook staffs unite from all different schools and cities. Whether they’re swapping stories over a glass of chocolate milk in the Hogwarts-esque dinning hall, getting a taste of college life rooming in dorms, busting a gut watching their peers get called into a improv show, the camp really allows for a journey of discovery for future editors.
“I went to the yearbook camp in 2015 and 2016, and it has been a blast! From the lectures, classes, taking photos and even messing around in the dorm room; the whole experience was amazing and it’s going to be disappointing when I’m graduated and don’t get to come back!” Brooke Vibert, Brookswood Secondary
View student layouts here: https://youtu.be/N_dOMf9pk90
View student photos here: https://youtu.be/MQOHtS-tY7w
Photo courtesy of Sid Akselrod
FutureBook Yearbooks is pleased to announce that we will be hosting our fourth annual summer yearbook workshop this August 18-21 at St. Michaels University School in Victoria, BC. Over the four days, staff yearbook advisors and student editors alike will be fully immersed in all aspects of yearbook planning and production in a relaxed, informal setting. Topics that will be covered include: yearbook theme, staff organization, layout and design, digital imaging and photography. Participants will have the opportunity to compete for exciting prizes in our annual layout and design contest, and also enjoy some fun social activities in the evenings. So mark it on your calendar and join us in Victoria this August for four fun-filled instructional days that will help you “hit the ground running” with your yearbook in September. See you there!
For a registration form or more information, please contact Kevin, firstname.lastname@example.org
Whew, what a summer! We’re at the tail end, with many administrators and teachers already back in their schools to get the year going. I can just picture students flocking to the beaches, the hills, the PNE and other favorite spots where they can enjoy these last full days of sun. Many are wrapping up summer jobs, or at least stockpiling the hours so that they can slow down to hit the books.
An eager group of yearbook students and advisors recently did just that at FutureBook’s annual Summer Workshop at St Michael’s University School in Victoria, BC. We had an intense yet exciting four-day workshop that culminated in some fantastic layouts and photos – not to mention friendships, new skills and a few laughs! Yearbook enthusiasts from Prince
George, Sa-Hali, Cambie, Vancouver Technical, Langley, Belmont and more joined forces to learn some new skills and hear from experienced advisors such as Rainer Mehl from Kitsilano and Rick Pelletier, recently retired from Delta. From key layout rules to FutureTools, working in RAW to choosing cover options, students were laden with a large amount of knowledge and resources to help get their yearbook off on the right foot. We threw in some fun and games, with Regis Feltpen making an appearance, and the fun acts of Morgan Cranny and his improv group.
Mosaic of Rick and various shots, created by Kevin Betteridge
2011 FutureBook Yearbooks Summer Workshop
Learning about lighting
Prep work for a panoramic shot
It was an exciting time as we saw some hidden talent come to light in many cases, while others perfected their designs even further. Head to our Facebook page for a list of our winners – not only did they earn the respect of their peers, they took home some coveted prizes such as Canuck tickets and speaker systems!
In the weeks to come we will share many of those tips and tricks from the workshop, both in the classroom but also here on our blog. If you attended the workshop, we would love your feedback and photos if you would like to share the wealth!