Sohan Fernando’s Photoshop Workshop at Horizon Lanka Academy

Sohan Fernando’s Photoshop Workshop at Horizon Lanka Academy

Sohan Fernando’s Photoshop Workshop at Horizon Lanka Academy

Sohan Fernando is a talented young graphic and web designer from Negombo. He was a Horizon Lanka well-wisher in the past. He has been helping our founder, Mr. Nanda Wanninayaka, in his web designing assignments.

Sohan came to Horizon Lanka Academy, yesterday, and conducted a workshop on graphic design with Adobe Photoshop. He covered design theories under following subtopics.

1.      Color theories

2.      Typography

3.      Composition alignments

4.      Concept designing

5.      Style versus trends

The workshop was conducted over two days and it was extremely valuable for us. Previously, we had learnt the basics of Photoshop at Horizon Lanka. It did help us to understand the more complex lessons presented by Sohan. We hope he will return when he has more time on his hands to teach us more lessons in graphic and web designing in the future.

Most of the boys at Horizon Lanka prefer to learn programing and coding. But the majority of the girls prefer designing graphics and web sites. Girls prefer to pursue a professional career in graphic, web, audio and video editing. This does not, necessarily, mean that only the boys will become programmers and the girls will become designers. There will always be a mix of both between the genders.

I am good at video editing too and also won a 4G phone this month for becoming the best video editor and presenter at a competition held last year.

Sohan’s teaching is very effective. His workshops are lively. We like his professionalism and precision in teaching. He comes well-prepared for the lessons with the right content.

We performed a few dance items during breaks to add fun to the workshops. We need those computer professionals who read this story to contact us and conduct more workshops for us to acquire more knowledge. We cannot afford to pay for expensive computer courses in the city. So learning at Horizon Lanka Academy is the most practical way.

Even in the past Horizon Lanka students learnt a lot through similar workshops. Two of our past students, Nuwan Sampath Dissanayaka and Majith Rakshitha Perera have become professional graphic designers and they have started their own graphic designing and printing enterprises, now, at Anuradhapura city.

Tharani Madhara Rathnayaka, Grade 9 – Horizon Lanka Academy tharani@horizonlanka.org

Sohan Fernando’s Photoshop Workshop at Horizon Lanka Academy
Sohan Fernando’s Photoshop Workshop at Horizon Lanka Academy
Sohan Fernando’s Photoshop Workshop at Horizon Lanka Academy
Sohan Fernando’s Photoshop Workshop at Horizon Lanka Academy
Students at the Photoshop workshop
Students at the Photoshop workshop
Students at the Photoshop workshop
Students at the Photoshop workshop
Students at the Photoshop workshop
Students at the Photoshop workshop
Sohan and the students after the workshop
Sohan and the students after the workshop
Sohan and the students after the workshop
Sohan and the students after the workshop
Sohan and the students after the workshop
Sohan and the students after the workshop
Sohan and the students after the workshop
Sohan and the students after the workshop
Sohan and the students after the workshop
Sohan and the students after the workshop
Sohan and the students after the workshop
Sohan and the students after the workshop
Sohan and the students after the workshop

Facebook Usage at Horizon Lanka

Nimanditha opening her Facebook account

Nimanditha opening her Facebook account

Horizon Lanka children learn English and IT using local and foreign teachers and e-mentors. We also learn dancing, music, sports, graphic designing, web designing and programming.

All students who are over 13 years old are permitted to create Facebook accounts. We are allowed by Horizon Lanka to connect with Horizon Lanka students, selected few friends, our siblings, donors and local and foreign volunteers. We all use Facebook under the strict supervision of our teachers. We upload our photos, videos and other posts to Facebook. This helps us to get connected with our friends here and aboard.  It helps us to learn English and improve our computer skills. Facebook effectively connects us to the world.

With Facebook, sometimes we do mistakes. I too erred. But with our teachers I corrected myself. Every new technology is used badly at first and if we are smart we can minimize mistakes.

Surendra Heshan Karunathilaka – Grade 08 – Horizon Lanka Academy surendra@horizonlanka.org

Nimanditha opening her Facebook account
Nimanditha opening her Facebook account
Nimanditha opening her Facebook account
Nimanditha opening her Facebook account

A Bicycle for My 13th Birthday – Thank You Dinidu

Aruni Apsara Wewalage

Aruni Apsara Wewalage

I got a great present for my birthday from Dinidu Samaranayake, the only son of Mr. Nuwan and Mrs. Kumari Samaranayake. I received a new bicycle as the birthday gift from them. The bicycle is black and it is very beautiful. I can ride it very fast. I like it. My old bicycle is broken and I couldn’t go to school by bicycle. I had to walk to school every day. My family can’t afford a new one so I am very glad that Mr. Samaranayake gave me the bike.

I thank the Samaranayake family for helping me. Not only this, they are sponsoring me with a MicroScholarship and also paid for the expenses of the Czech volunteer who we are hosting at our home. I can learn English very fast with her.

I would like to go by bike to school with my friends – Sachini, Nimanthitha, Prabodha and Tharani. But they don’t have bikes because their parents need bikes at work. So, it would be great if those who read this page can help those girls to buy bicycles.

Aruni Apsara Wewalage – Grade 8 – Horizon Lanka Academy

Aruni on her new bicycle on her birthday
Aruni on her new bicycle on her birthday
Aruni and her mother
Aruni and her mother