Tuesday, November 22, 2011

New Work from Di Grad Brian Evans

Check out the new website from 2005 DATA-Di grad and Palm Springs Art Museum Purchase Award winner, Brian Evans!

Brian is a great example of a Cathedral City student who pursued his passion for photography, earned a business degree from Cal State Fullerton, and is carving out his own niche in the creative world.  His work now goes beyond the local familiarity of Epidemic Skateboard Shop and into a wonderful collection of portraits, lifestyle, commercial landscapes, and personal studies.

While in the DATA program, Brian's work was the very first set of digital images to be purchased into the student collection for the Palm Springs Art Museum's Fine Art Creativity Awards program. This honor is still considered the highest local award earned by a Coachella Valley arts student. 

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Student2Student Photography at JWMS

How do you engage 35 high school and middle school students after a long week on a Friday afternoon? Engage them in a SkillsUSA Student2Student Mentoring photography workshop!

DATA-SkillsUSA photography students kicked off their first student-lead digital arts workshops at James Workman Middle School on November 18th and had some serious fun.

High school mentors introduced JWMS mentees to the elements of composition, the Digital Arts Education Ning, the DATA program at CCHS, and a collaborative sense of learning.

"This is a beautiful opportunity for digital arts students to process their own learning by teaching others and strengthen the creative educational community of Cathedral City schools." 
-M. Cauthron

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Bloom Designs on CUE

In a post last spring, DATA Di was pleased to announce that junior Eric Bloom's designs were chosen as the new logo set for the Cahuilla CUE. In addition to recent graphic work for CCHS's Justice League, CCHS Baseball, and PSUSD's iPad Super Users Group, his creativity can now be seen this fall on the local CUE's 'Made in California' t-shirt!    
"It's awesome to know that my design will be worn by people from around the Coachella Valley and that 100% of the tee was produced here in southern California."
-Eric Bloom, Future Designer

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Comics, Graphics and Animation, Oh My! A Visit with Degaine Designs

On November 8th, 2004 DATA alum Zane DeGaine and his fiance Olivia Scheibe returned to CCHS to share their experiences as graduates of The Kubert School and as professionals artists.

Zane, a comic book artist and graphic designer, always had a passion for drawing and comic books. After entering The Kubert School, this transitioned into a love of storytelling, writing, drawing, and collaboration. While speaking to Di students he emphasized
"studying everything you see" and
"being prepared to speak about yourself and your work"
Now living and freelancing in Los Angeles, his work can be found in the online comic Mondo Atomic and on the set of The Big Bang Theory!

Olivia, a traditional animator originally from New Jersey, grew up loving drawing, sports, and band. She found her passion for animation from watching lots of behind the scenes of movies on DVD. In addition to showing some great examples and discussing her animation process for commercials, she stressed the importance of
"taking advantage of any creative jobs that you can",
"designing characters with basic shapes", and
"the importance of referencing"
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Spot Zane's work on the set of CBS' The Big Bang Theory
Find him on Deviant Art 
Read the Mondo Atomic write up on Wired Magazine
Follow him on Facebook

Monday, November 14, 2011

The 2011-12 DATA Digital Imaging Tee

Congratulations to Di Junior Crystal Zacarias for her winning design being selected by her peers as the 2011-12 DATA Digital Imaging t-shirt! The idea behind her design was to couple the new Di tagline, "Focus Your Creativity," with a DSLR camera image comprised of words she felt makes the program special.
As an added bonus, a new Di logo created by senior Brandon Lockway will be included as the back print.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Skilled and Motivated Photographers

SkillsUSA photography students kicked off the 2011-12 fundraising season with an all new approach to holiday portraits. This year, with an equipment grant from the Advertising Federation of the Desert,  students are now able to produce work of a higher quality while learning portrait skills and earning funds for competition travel.

Surrealistic Me: Our Third Global Collaboration

DATA Digital Imaging is proud to announce that our third global digital arts collaboration as the Student Creative is now live! Surrealistic Me, invites students and classrooms to come together and share surreal self-portraits which reveal something about their dreams and the world in which they live.

Selected images collected from participating schools will be assembled as a dynamic digital text for print and the iPad in April 2012.  100% of the proceeds will once again go to support the Jacaranda School for AIDS orphans in Malawi.

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