Sunday, December 20, 2009

DATA Di Collaboration Hits


Paint the World with Light, a Challenge-Based Learning collaboration between DATA Di, the Shanghai American School, and The Mac Lab was featured on NPR.orgThe Picture Show, a blog focusing on "photos from around the world",
posted A New Material For Painting: Light with examples of student's work.

"Seeing my images on NPR fuels the creative drive to push my images for the project further." -Spencer McQuinn
"It is one thing to share the work you are doing with your classmates, but knowing that you are creating something for the world to see is very cool." -Aaron Armstrong
"Collaborating with other schools to benefit a good cause excites me.  Seeing my work on a nationally known website heightens my self-esteem and makes the high school experience all that much more meaningful." -Cecilia Tellez
"I think it is amazing to see my images published online at  It makes me feel that the work I do for school is important.  Knowing that the images will benefit a good cause makes doing the work completely worth while." -Markie Hackwith

Selected images from the Paint the World with Light collaboration will be published in the first of a series of books titled The Student Creative.  100% of the proceeds from the book series will be donated to benefit the Jacaranda School in Malawi.


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Epidemic | DATA Di Design Challenge Winner!


DATA digital imaging senior Jeremy Cardoza's entry was selected as the winner of the Epidemic | DATA Di Design Challenge promoted by Epidemic Skateboard Shop in Cathedral City.  Jeremy's design won 65% of the voting posted on

"I was trying to maintain the essence of skateboard graphic design by focusing on simplicity," said Cardoza, who is going to major in graphic design in college.  "I am really happy I got this opportunityto get my work out into the local community."

A very special thank you goes out to Glen Coy, CCHS graduate and owner of Epidemic Skateboard Shop, for his support of the DATA program and Cathedral City youth!

Jeremy's design will be available to purchase at Epidemic after the holiday season.


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Is Creativity a Process or Product?


On December 4, Susan Thompson of the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising provided an excellent presentation to digital imaging students on "Discovering Your Creative Abilities."  Using the California Visual Arts Standards, Thompson guided students through "the interplay between left-brain and right-brain thinking through exercises in drawing, visualization, analogy, and brainstorming."

Especially informative was the discussion surrounding the stages of creativity:
Incubation / Withdrawal
Insight / Illumination


Thursday, December 3, 2009

Challenging Projects for DATA Students



Lighting Workshop with Photographer Joel Cummins

During the month of October, Local photographer Joel Cummins provided DATA Di students with a four week lighting workshop.  Students worked with Joel in weekly hands on sessions in the Digital Imaging studio at CCHS emphasizing the following techniques
  • How (Composition+Exposure+Light) works to improve your photography
  • Why camera angles, beyond the neutral angle, are important to consider
  • The differences between hard light and soft light
  • How secondary light defines the subject
  • The benefits of fill light and reflectors
  • How diffusion and reflection effect your subject outdoors
  • How white balance effects the the type of light used on your subject

Immediately following the lighting sessions, students were then challenged by Joel to apply what they learned to the following lighting setups
  • Indoor standard portrait
  • Indoor creative portrait
  • Outdoor portrait
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Paint the World with Light!

DATA Digital Imaging, in collaboration with the Shanghai American School and The Mac Lab at Valhalla High School, have launched Paint the World with Light.  This challenge-based photography project encourages students from around the world to use light painting as a creative way to tell a story or reveal something magical about the community in which they live.  Students and teachers throughout the U.S. and Asia are already on board! 

The project harnesses many current social media tools available for teachers and students and will come together in February 2010 as an online gallery and an accompanying book which will be available to order online. 

Find more challenges at
The Student Creative
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