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Introduction to HTML & CSS

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Price: $90.00 /per person

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Join our two-part workshop for complete beginners and learn HTML and CSS, the foundation of making any website or web app! This class will meet for two sessions, and both sessions are covered for the $90 class fee.

Class 1: Saturday, May 6th, 10am-2:30pm

Introduction to HTML. What is it? Why does it matter? We'll step through the basic history of HTML, including how it interacts with the browser and why that matters. Then we'll discuss the layout of an HTML page, including html, body, head and nesting. Finally, we'll go through many of the basic HTML elements. You'll begin to make a personal portfolio page with HTML elements.

Introduction to CSS. Colors? Styles? What? It's all true. We'll go through most of the CSS styles, including font changes, layout, size, and color. You will show how to connect them to HTML selectors to bring color and style to your portfolio page.

Class 2: Saturday, May 13th, 10am-2:30pm

Digging deeper into HTML and how it work with CSS. We'll learn about some more HTML elements and learn how to include id and class selectors in our CSS. You'll start customizing your portfolio with all sorts of goodies and personal style.

Box model? Floats? Columns? What is this sorcery? Now that you've got the basics of CSS and HTML down, we'll take it to the next level and get you started down the path of being a pro. You'll add columns, footers and headers to your portfolio page.


This is a great first coding class. There are NO prerequisites, so come one, come all! Get your feet wet with a little code.


IndieDesk is located at 333 South Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA in the Wells Fargo North Tower at 3rd and Grand. You can enter the building from the doors that face South Grand, from the doors at the back that face the Wells Fargo History Museum, or via the elevator from the parking garage.

Public Transit

If you don't want to deal with downtown traffic and parking, taking the Metro is a great option. Both the Red Line and the Purple Line stop at Pershing Square Station, a ten-minute walk to IndieDesk. If you don't live or work handy to one of those lines, don't forget about Metro's Park & Ride lots ( where you can leave your car and hop on the train to avoid having to drive and park downtown.


There’s some metered street parking, but it’s tough to get. The Wells Fargo building parking structure has its entrance on Hope street. We can validate parking for this parking structure, but even with validation, the parking is still $10 (normally about $35, cash or credit card). There are also several other lots in the area. Note that most of these are cash only:

Joe Auto Parking

338 South Hill Street Los Angeles, CA 90013 = $6

140 South Olive Street Los Angeles, CA 90012 = $10

137 South Hill Street Los Angeles, CA 90012 = $10

245 South Broadway Los Angeles, CA 90012 = $5

215 South Broadway Los Angeles, CA 90012 = $5

Walt Disney Concert Hall

111 S. Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90012 = $9

What to Bring

Please bring a laptop (or borrow one, see below!)* and charger to class. Power outlets and wifi will be provided. You may also wish to bring a notepad and pen/pencil for taking notes.

We'll be using a modern web browser and a text editor in class. If you don't already have these installed, please install them before you come to class.

For web browsers, we recommend Mozilla Firefox ( or Google Chrome ( For a text editor, we recommend Sublime Text 2 ( Note that you do not have to purchase Sublime Text 2. If you download the free evaluation version that will be good enough for class.

* No laptop? We have a limited number of laptops we can loan to students during class. Please fill out our Laptop Request form ( to let us know you need to borrow one!


We're here to help! If you have additional questions or would like to talk further before signing up for a class, please contact us at losangeles [at] girldevelopit dot com.

Teacher: Michelle Rodriguez

Michelle is a freelance front-end web developer part-time, lover of all things WordPress, and social media aficionado. She volunteers her time to Girl Develop It LA as social media manager, class organizer, and TA.

No Refunds

If you can no longer attend the class you signed up and paid for, your payment will be donated to the local chapter scholarship fund. You can help another woman in need!


Big thanks to IndieDesk for hosting us!

Our events are women-inclusive, not women-exclusive. Anyone is welcome to attend our events and classes. All attendees are expected to abide by the Girl Develop It Code of Conduct. (