Judy Durkin

Digicorps: A 22-week Curriculum for Learning Illustrator

Curriculum Published 8/8/16 Last updated on 6/10/19

I ran this program during Spring semester 2016 with success. I will continue this year with a new batch of 3rd and 4th grade students. The children really got into it and were quite competitive. Students earn badges for each of 6 levels.
There are 23 steps in all, each designed to be completed in a 55-minute session, making the program 22-23 weeks long.

To see the program in progress, go to:

Please feel free to download and revise anything so that it fits your program. I have included the Illustrator file for the badges so that you can customize them for your program.

Included below are:

  • Intro video (made with Adobe Spark)
  • .pdfs of every lesson step of the program - editable in Adobe Acrobat DC
  • .ai file of the badges, easy to customize for your program
  • .ai files of the pen-tool worksheets
  • .ai (Illustrator) files of the badges so that you can customize the program for your class!

Enjoy! Let me know what you think.

Age Levels
Communication and Collaboration, Research and Information Fluency, Digital Citizenship, Creativity and Innovation, Technology Operations and Concepts, Critical Thinking Problem Solving and Decision Making
CC License
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William Cortez

Posted on 6/21/19 5:53:33 AM Permalink

​This is wonderful. It sustains the interest of the students up to the last week of the program.

Te Koehler

Posted on 6/9/19 7:06:02 PM Permalink

​This looks very interesting. However, the second link doesn't work. Is there an alternate way to view this information?


Posted on 6/8/19 4:49:42 PM Permalink

Very useful tutorial to be used and shared with students

Aaron Kapala

Posted on 3/21/19 9:35:09 PM Permalink

​Thanks for sharing

Ali Imam Reza

Posted on 3/20/19 2:28:51 PM Permalink

​thanks for sharing

Doreen Graham

Posted on 3/1/19 10:34:30 PM Permalink

Sandy Gulick

Posted on 3/7/19 4:44:52 PM Permalink

Same with me.​

Ramos Arias Manuela

Posted on 2/26/19 10:58:07 AM Permalink

Thank Judy for sharing​.

jeffrey plummer

Posted on 2/18/19 4:58:36 PM Permalink

​Thanks Judy for sharing

Mary Hall

Posted on 1/28/19 3:24:30 PM Permalink

​You're my hero. Thank you so much for sharing.

Elizabeth Switzler

Posted on 1/24/19 1:13:26 AM Permalink


Ahmed Belal

Posted on 11/29/18 2:55:52 AM Permalink

Thanks for Sharing

Aurora Romero

Posted on 10/15/18 8:30:48 PM Permalink

The Digicolor website doesn't work, what is that for?

Judy Durkin

Posted on 10/15/18 8:37:34 PM Permalink

Sorry about that. The website has been taken down. You don't really need the website.


Katie Miller

Posted on 10/3/18 6:46:07 PM Permalink

​When I try to save the monster kit. An error message saying A File I/0 has occurred. Any ideas how to fix this?

Thank you!

Avonn Nova

Posted on 8/16/18 2:44:08 AM Permalink

​Amazing resources.

Aziz Soubai

Posted on 6/21/18 1:34:17 PM Permalink

Thanks for sharing

Muhammad ayyaz

Posted on 5/3/18 10:09:55 AM Permalink

​Thanks a lot

very useful material

t mooney

Posted on 5/3/18 4:39:34 AM Permalink

DTM creativegenius

Posted on 5/3/18 4:34:14 AM Permalink

​awesome work!

Marta Tabozzi

Posted on 4/16/18 12:24:47 PM Permalink

​That's amazing! Thanks a lot for sharing! It's what I was planning to do. I might need to adapt the materials, can I? The link doesn't work.

Renaldo Lawrence

Posted on 4/9/18 9:12:34 PM Permalink

Thank you.

Terry Powell

Posted on 3/27/18 3:46:05 PM Permalink

​This is terrific... thank you so much!

aluna safta

Posted on 2/15/18 5:35:39 PM Permalink

​good job!

Patricia Lawinger

Posted on 2/3/18 1:39:47 AM Permalink

I am so glad I found your lessons as I have a third grader at home wanting to learn Illustrator. ​

Sara Dunning

Posted on 4/2/18 9:00:07 PM Permalink

I do as well, Patricia! Well, fourth grader.

Thank you, Judy! I am currently working in the school district print shop, and working on earning my bachelors and teaching certificate so I can teach industrial arts classes. I'm going to work through this with my daughter to get a feel for teaching with a curriculum!​

Carol Pearsall

Posted on 11/24/17 5:30:04 PM Permalink

​Do you provide any guidance to your students on the size of the Illustrator document for each Stage?

Katie Miller

Posted on 11/21/17 3:04:41 PM Permalink

​Hi! My students will love this lesson. Where can I download the create your family adobe file? When I download worksheets and assets for all levels and steps it starts with the monster lesson, but does not have the family lesson template.

Thank you!

Mihai Zahiu

Posted on 11/13/17 9:27:13 AM Permalink

​very nice!

Good job!

Yasar Butt

Posted on 10/23/17 6:59:30 AM Permalink

​Thanx for the this helping material...... Please guide me in future for the senior class students..... Thanx alot !

Lisa Welker

Posted on 9/17/17 4:41:16 PM Permalink

​Thank you so much for generously sharing your resources. This is my first year teaching Graphic Design at the high school level and I am self-taught in all Adobe products. (There were no computers used when I first went through the Graphic Arts program in college in the late 80s.)

Monica Leslie

Posted on 6/27/17 1:18:25 PM Permalink

​This was fantastic. I particularly enjoyed how you structured your content navigation to mitigate clutter and chunk information in a way that was accessible for students to see.

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Posted on 7/10/17 2:24:09 PM Permalink


Carlos Calla Huayapa

Posted on 5/31/17 11:39:29 AM Permalink

Great resources!

Anton Mihai

Posted on 4/20/17 10:33:50 PM Permalink


Anton Mihai

Posted on 4/20/17 10:33:06 PM Permalink

ali soyad

Posted on 7/10/17 2:25:56 PM Permalink

ali soyad

Posted on 7/10/17 2:26:44 PM Permalink

David Badgley

Posted on 12/27/16 4:41:42 AM Permalink

​Fabulous resource and inspirational guide. Fantastic what you are providing to the early learners!!

Muhammad ayyaz

Posted on 11/10/16 5:50:46 AM Permalink

​Good Job done!

Beth Bachuss

Posted on 10/6/16 10:27:43 PM Permalink

Oh, my goodness! Great resources!


Posted on 10/5/16 2:05:41 PM Permalink

​thanks for this usefull resource

Andrea Batts-Latson

Posted on 10/4/16 7:35:36 PM Permalink

​Thanks! This is a very good resource. Thanks for sharing!!

Fred Benitez

Posted on 10/4/16 6:00:29 PM Permalink

​Awesome resource Judy!

Tamera Mooney

Posted on 10/3/16 3:37:53 AM Permalink

This is EXACTLY what I was looking for. THANK YOU for sharing this. I didn't know where to begin.​

Tamera Mooney

Posted on 10/3/16 3:35:47 AM Permalink

​This is amazing!!! thank you!