Judy Durkin
CTE Teacher

Digicorps: A 22-week Curriculum for Learning Illustrator

Curriculum Published 8/8/16 Last updated on 3/2/20

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
ISTE Standards
Students: Creative Communicator, Students: Empowered Learner, Students: Digital Citizen, Students: Innovative Designer, Students: Computational Trainer, Students: Knowledge Constructor
CC License
Attribution Non-Commercial
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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.

ali soyad

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!