Friday, March 26, 2010

My Community in Black & White Winners

Congratulations to the following digital imaging students for their black and white photography receiving awards at the Live Arts! event on March 20th in the Cathedral City town square.

Jessica Hernandez
1st Place Advanced High School

Cecilia Tellez
Through My Camera
2nd Place Advanced High School

Paul Joven
The Mary Pickford
1st Place Beginning High School

Jocael Suarez
Flag at CCHS
2nd Place Beginning High School

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

DATA Students Prepare for El Paseo Fashion Show

DATA students Victor Gonzalez (left) and Lupita Fuentes (middle) talk with Susan Stein, Fashion Editor for Palm Springs Life, about the graphics and video the two students put together for the opening night runway show for the Fifth Annual Fashion Week El Paseo.  Gonzalez is a student in Matt Cauthron's advanced digital imaging class and Fuentes is a videographer in Matt Hamilton's digital storytelling class at Cathedral City High School.  DATA students will be shooting stills and video for this year's event that runs March 21-28.

Cathedral City in Black and White

Sixteen DATA digital imaging students were selected to show in the My Community in Black and White photography contest sponsored by The Cathedral City Public Arts Commission, Palm Springs Unified School District, and the City of Cathedral City.

Students from all nine of the Cathedral City schools were challenged to represent life in their community through black and white imagery.  The 50 primary and secondary student finalists will be awarded on March 20th as part of the Live Arts! event in the Cathedral City town square.  The event will also be exhibited during the month of April at the College of the Desert library.
"I was intrigued by the freshness that both the beginning and advanced photography students from CCHS brought to the project.  It didn't occur to me that people would take such a central role as subjects in the contest, but after viewing the work, I understand, and I was moved by the images."
-Louisa Castrodale,

Congratulations to the following students!

Mayra Aguilar, Paul Joven, Jocael Suarez, Verenice Correa, and 
Cristal Gonzalez

Victor Gonzalez, Billy Weber, Melissa Flores, Philip Genera, Markie Hackwith, Jessica Hernandez, Cecilia Tellez, Mike Pena, Brandon Aponte, and Erik Ramirez

Monday, March 15, 2010

2010 Digital Fine Arts Creativity

Congratulations to the following students for their work being accepted into the 2010 Fine Arts Creativity and Awards show at the Palm Springs Art Museum.  The theme for this year's exhibition was Blurring Boundaries: Tradition | HD and proved to be challenging for all students who participated.  The professionally judged and curated show required them to explore how traditional arts media has been changed by digital tools.

Tyler Johnson
Digital Painting

Mike Brady
Digital Composite

Victor Gonzalez
Artist Nouveau
Digital Composite 

Spencer McQuinn
Light Painting
Digital Photograph

Di Students Present Challenge Based Learning for Apple Education

2009-10 DATA Di Challenges from Matt Cauthron on Vimeo.
A quick sample of the 2009 - 2010 DATA Digital Imaging challenges.  DATA Di students worked through the year on projects in CBL format aimed at local, regional, and global communities. 

learn more at

2009-10 DATA Di Challenges from Matt Cauthron on Vimeo.
A quick sample of the 2009 - 2010 DATA Digital Imaging challenges.  DATA Di students worked through the year on projects in CBL format aimed at local, regional, and global communities. 

learn more at

2009 - 10 DATA Di Challenges 1 from Matt Cauthron on Vimeo.
DATA digital imaging challenges so far for the 2009-10 school year. Created for Apple preso: Challenge Based Learning Projects Link Digital Media Students to the Pros at the 2010 CUE conference
On March 6, 2010, DATA students Melissa Flores, Tyler Johnson, Spencer McQuinn, and Joe Hamam presented with digital imaging teacher Matt Cauthron for Apple Education.  The presentation, Challenge Based Learning Projects Link Digital Media Students to the Pros, took place during the CUE Conference and gave students an opportunity to share key points about their work and the process by which they connect what they do in the classroom to real world experiences.


Earth Through a Lens for Palm Springs Sustainability Commission


DATA digital imaging junior Victor Gonzalez's image, Potential Beauty (above), was selected to be shown among professionals from across the country in the 1st annual Earth Through a Lens photography exhibit.  This exhibit, sponsored by the Palm Springs Sustainability Commission, will be displayed in store fronts along Palm Canyon Drive from April 1 - 30, 2010 as part of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.

"I was trying to find the potential beauty of the desert behind the Dream Homes project of Cathedral City.  I live in this neighborhood and see each day how people neglect it and leave their garbage for others to endure".


Thursday, March 11, 2010

2010 DATA WB and Paramount Studio Tours

Over 100 DATA students toured the Paramount and Warner Bros. Studios on Feb. 18, 2010.  
''We saw 'Cold Case' being filmed at the Warner Bros. Studios,'' said Melissa Wilson, a third-year DATA student.  ''They shot the scenes over and over again until they got it right.''

DATA student Robert Arnold said one of the highlights of the trip was seeing the old and new Batmobile as well as all the props for movies like Norbit, Harry Potter, and Spiderman.'
''We also got to be on the set of Dr. Phil, which is interesting because I watch that show,'' said DATA student Markie Hackwith.

Fashion | Energy Challenge Connects Students to Pros

On Monday Jan. 11, 2010 at DST Studios in North Palm Springs, 25 DATA digital imaging students had the opportunity to work alongside local professionals and DATA alumni on a real world photography shoot surrounding the concept of fashion | energy.

Students worked with photographers, hair and make up stylists, art direction, and DATA teachers all on one of the largest cyclorama sound and photography stages in southern California.  Dick Taylor, the studio manager, shared the history of the studio and how it has been used for Ford Motor Company's west coast advertising and various other productions.

With in the almost 6,000 square foot studio, students were engaged in three tethered-shooting lighting set ups focusing on clothing from Epidemic Skateshop, the 2010 DATA t-shirt, a 2010 Ford Festiva, and painting with light.

Studio Facility


Art Direction



Make Up
JL Hair and Make Up

DATA Models
Karla Arzate, Sandra Bahena, Jessica Hernandez and Edmund Quintero

Epidemic Models
Alan Everage and Josh Judice

Rey Romero (2009 DATA alumni)

DATA Teachers 
Cami Saliba, Jill Nation, Rose Gonzalez, and Matt Cauthron