Monday, November 30, 2009

The Epidemic | DATA Di Design Challenge

Fifteen DATA Digital Imaging students with interests in pursuing graphic design spent the month of October 2009 working on the first annual Epidemic | DATA Di Design Challenge.  Students were invited to design up to three skateboard deck and t-shirt combination graphics and submit them to Epidemic Skateboard Shop owner and CCHS graduate, Glen Coy.  Of the almost 40 total designs that were submitted for consideration, 5 were selected for final voting.  The voting which will occur online at will be open to all Cathedral City schools from November 1st until December 11th.  The winner of this community design challenge will have his work produced and sold at Epidemic Skateboard Shop. 

Congratulations to the following students whose work was selected for final voting
Tyler Johnson
Jeremy Cardoza
Aaron Armstrong-Tamez
Ivan Eissler

Find more photos like this on Digital Arts Education

(Skateboarding supports creativity)

CUE LA & CAEA Presentations, Los Angeles


On November 14 and 15, DATA Digital Imaging teacher Matt Cauthron presented several sessions in the Los Angeles area on the use of social networking in education.

The conference presentations were as follows:
11/14 Supporting, Creativity, Community, & Collaboration, California Arts Education Association conference @ the new LAUSD Visual Arts High School 

11/15 Exercising the Power of Ning, Los Angeles Computer Using Educators conference

11/16 Supporting, Creativity, Community, & Collaboration, California Arts Education Association conference @ the Wilshire Grand

View the presentation slides here


Kaminsky Productions Kicks Off Light Painting Challenge

On November 2, 2009 thirteen DATA digital imaging students
spent a day learning and shooting with local professional Ethan Kaminsky at Kaminsky Productions.  Students learned about the business of photography, were provided a lighting for creative portraiture challenge, and had the opportunity to kick off the upcoming Paint the World with Light global challenge for high school photography students.

Discussion topics for the day included
  • Ethan's learning experiences in high school and at the Art Center College of Design
  • The type of projects the studio produces
  • The history of the local photography business
  • The various levels of art vs. the business of photography
  • What its like to work in advertising photography
  • Techniques & lighting equipment for creative portriature
  • The effects of the current economy on business ownership
As a follow up to the creative portrait challenge he provided, Ethan graciously critiqued work in the Di studio at CCHS while students presented their completed imagery via the Digital Arts Education Ning.


Friday, November 20, 2009

DATA Students Visit Cal-State Fullerton


Over 100 students from the Digital Arts technology Academy at Cathedral City High School visited Cal-State Fullerton on Nov. 12. 
The students received a campus tour, met with an admissions director, toured the CSUF Performing and Visual Arts Department, and talked to four DATA grads who are now students at CSUF.
Professor Larry Johnson, chairman of the school's visual arts department, and his faculty provided the DATA students with a visit to several classes while they were in session to give the students a feel for the breadth of the program. 
Johnson emphasized the idea that "our department seeks to turn out students who are problem solvers, creative thinkers, and people who can create something out of just an idea."


Sunday, November 15, 2009

DATA Students Consider Setting Full Sail

On November 12, 2009 Full Sail University provided DATA digital imaging students with an in depth view of the the University and programs offered in Game Art, Graphic Design, and Digital Arts & Design.

One of the many amazing features of the campus includes a giant Jumbo Tron that showcases student work pumped in from the student lead Full Sail Network on Vimeo.


Tuesday, November 10, 2009

DATA Photography Students Assist Desert Photo Lab


Seventeen DATA photography students worked with photographers from Desert Photo Lab for six days in October photographing Cathedral City High School students and senior portraits.  The hands-on experience taught students about photographing people, lighting, and the professional work flow used by the lab for managing and processing bulk images. 
"I was fascinated by how taking a single portrait involves a team of people to select and process it for a customer." -Jessica Hernandez
"I enjoyed working with the photo management software and learning about how it works to support a photography business." -Thomas Genera
 "I learned the importance of complimenting a person with your camera work and the use of good people skills." -Brenda Magana
 "It was great to get a first hand look into how group portraiture works." -Melissa Wilson
"It was an interesting experience seeing how the images were processed from camera to print." -Brandon Aponte
"It was cool to see how photographers position their subjects to capture emotion." -Anthony Lamb


Friday, November 6, 2009

DATA Student Techies Assist CUE Teachers


Seven DATA students with professional interests in education, writing, technology, and digital arts assisted the Cahuilla CUE Mini Tech Fair on Saturday October 3, 2009 at James Workman Middle School.  Students
had the opportunity to hear Ted Lai, an Apple Distinguished Educator and author of Pod Piper Productions, present his keynote: Celebrate Success, Save Paper, and Get Your Fifteen Minutes, participate in sessions ranging from Second Life to RSS, Twitter, and Ning, and assist the general work flow of the mini conference which serves teachers from throughout the Coachella Valley.