I'm looking for more information on how to add stuff to certain areas in my Thematic theme. I've been searching for information on this and while it very well may be right in front of me I am struggling to understand the documentation on the subject. Though my understanding is improving daily, I'm hoping someone can nudge me along here. I just started learning wordpress, and am a designer by trade with intermediate CSS and HTML knowledge but no programming background.
Basically I am looking to add something like a login box into the "thematic_before()" (or _above) hook area, and am wondering how I would go about doing that. My understanding so far is that I would use my child theme's functions.php to insert commands telling it to put stuff there, but I am not sure where to get the code from. Do I look at a widget code and copy paste?
Any help is appreciated, even if it's a link to information on widgets/hooks/etc. Thanks,