Sunday, June 24, 2012

Unicorns and Trashcans Imagined

Unicorns and Trashcans, the second visual arts collaboration between Rio Vista Elementary 3rd graders and DATA Digital Imaging, was a super success!

This year the story was written and narrated by two RV 3rd grade students. Karaina Perkins' story about a family that moves from Japan to New York City was selected to lead the project from over 150 grade level submissions focusing on 'imagination.' Brooke Civiatrese was selected for her talents as narrator. 

Just like Pandora's Box, DATA Di students worked with 3rd graders to develop drawings based on segments of the the story and re-created the artwork digitally in the Di studio classroom. From here, the images and narration were put together to tell the story as a short movie using subtle animation techniques in Adobe Photoshop Extended and After Effects. Sound and video were completed using GarageBand and iMovie '11. After the art and video was completed, the high school students returned to RV to present and discus their works with the entire 3rd grade. This proved to be an excellent continuation of student interaction and give Di students an opportunity to sharpen their speaking skills.

This year's project/video received awards from two student film festivals. For the second year in a row, the DigiCom Student and Teacher Film Festival awarded it the Best Multi-age Collaboration and provided $500 towards next year's efforts. The SBVC Student Film Festival, keynoted by Rusty Mahmood (Assistant Director on The Office), awarded the project as this year's Best Animation.

Film festival awards are always wonderful, but especially exciting and new for this year's project was the involvement of the local arts community. Selected Coachella Valley artists were invited to work in their respected media to create pieces inspired by the story. The entire collection, from 3rd grade on up to adult, was on exhibit at the Walter Marks Gallery at College of the Desert during the month of May 2012.

L e a r n  M o r e !
~Stay tuned for the digital book~

Friday, June 22, 2012

Congratulations 2012 DATA Grads

Congratulations to the 2011-12 
Digital Arts Technology Academy graduates! 

Your energy, creativity, and passion will be remembered!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Sculptures Pacific Magazine

Photography from several Di students can now be seen in Issue 6, 2012 of Sculptures Pacific magazine supporting an article on the 2012 Indian Wells Arts Festival (pages 30-32)

This international digital magazine delivers engaging content with a footprint covering sculptors and sculptural practices throughout the Pacific US and Canada.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Adventure in a Box Awarded

Congratulations to junior animators Jacquelyn Isais and Angelina Ochoa for receiving the Future Film Makers award for their animated short, Adventure in a Box at the 2012 SBVC Student Film Festival!

Their work was shown as part of the festival on Saturday, June 2nd at San Bernardino Valley College and will air along with the other student films on KVCR-TV this summer.

Shooting with Alumni

Photos by Austyn Moreno

On May 26th, sophomore Austyn Moreno had the rare opportunity of shooting a local wedding with Di alum photographer Brian Evans and videographer Rey Romero.

"Thank you again for recommending Austyn. He did an awesome job and was really eager to learn. He was extremely professional and overall it was a great experience working with him."
Brain Evans, Freelance Photographer

Friday, June 1, 2012

2012 Student2Student Recapped

It was a successful first year for the DATA-SkillsUSA Student2Student Mentoring program! Forty plus DATA students provided 12 student-lead workshops to more then 40 middle schoolers after school at both Nellie Coffman and James Workman. Workshop topics covered
    • Photographic composition and perspective
    • Basic editing in iPhoto
    • Working with Adobe Photoshop
    • An introduction to 3d with Cinema 4D
    • An introduction to light painting
"Thank you for teaching us how to use different programs. I enjoyed my time in this club. My favorite part of it all was when we learned how to use Cinema 4D. I know that the skills that I learned will help me in the future."
-Alan A., NCMS SkillsUSA 
Students at both feeder schools were also invited to CCHS for the DATA holiday potluck / karaoke in December and provided certificates of participation by the 2011-12 DATA-SkillsUSA officers in May. There was even a photo featured in the Spring 2012 issue of SkillsUSA magazine!

A very special thank you to the following individuals for helping to make this happen!
Connie Mitchell, NCMS Digital Media Instructor
Kathleen Pape, JWMS Digital Media Instructor
Deborah Applebaum, DATA Counselor
Cami Saliba, DATA Math Teacher
Diana Lamar,  PSUSD Director State and Federal Programs
Cinda Killebrew, NCMS Principal
Brad Sauer, JWMS Principal