Monday, February 27, 2012

2012 Earth Through a Lens

Congratulations to the following Di students for sweeping the high school portion of the 2012 Earth Through a Lens photography competition! This year's theme challenged students to investigate the natural environment, the human impact on the environment, energy production, transportation, or the human figure in the environment. The students work will hang next to professionals from across North America at the Ranch Mirage Public Library from April through June with an awards ceremony held on Earth Day, April 21st.

Light Show
1st Place
Austyn Moreno
"This image depicts the relationship between the natural landscape of the desert and the man-made constructions found in our environment. The lights of automobiles passing by, the windmills as an energy source in the background, and the scrub brush of the White Water exit, all come together as a bold statement on the I-10 corridor."

2nd Place
Jasmine Mikulak
"I shot this photograph while on a hike in the La Quinta cove with my family. The image
portrays how we can still find beauty in the empty dryness of the desert."


A Second Life
3rd Place
Emilia Jimenez
"People usually do not stop to notice the small glimpses of beauty in nature, especially in the empty and dry environment of the desert. For me, its important to take the time to explore it, looking at it from a different perspective in order to uncover the subtle hints it leaves for us even during its' 'second life'."

and runners up
Rachel Soper (left), Jenni Varela (Center), and Marissa Lazalde (right)

Mentoring Featured in SkillsUSA Magazine

We are pleased to announce that a photograph from one of our Student2Student Mentoring days was featured in the Spring 2012 issue of Champions magazine!

In the photo, DATA sophomore Destiny Smallman (right) shares her photography experience with Nellie Coffman Middle School students Alan Anguiano (left) and Benjamin Oyler (center) during a student-lead photography workshop. $150.00 was awarded for the image and will go towards recognizing students in the program.

Check out all the digital issues of Champions magazine here!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Making a Difference in School Arts

Once again, our global digital arts collaborations make it to print (both ink and digital). This time it is in the March issue of School Arts Magazine, a national art education magazine committed to promoting excellence, advocacy, and professional support for educators in the visual arts since 1901.

The article, Float on to Surrealism, written by Student Creative partner David Gran, provides a wonderful overview of our three global projects just in time for the National Arts Education Association conference this February. 

Additionally, the DATA Wikis were listed as a resource for secondary educators in the same issue. Digital Photography in the Art Curriculum, an article written by arts educator Theresa McGee, provides useful information about using photography to help level the field in visual arts classrooms.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Focusing Student Creativity

The DATA Digital Imaging program (DATA-Di) is pleased to mention our featured article in the Palm Springs Unified School District's Desert Sun Supplemental. The insert was circulated across the Coachella Valley highlighting the amazing things happening in PSUSD and in the Di program.

In case you missed it, you can read the full article, 'Di' Focuses on Student Creativity right here!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Now on the iPad

The Digital Arts Technology Academy's Digital Imaging program is pleased to announce that three of our collaborative digital books are now available to download directly to iBooks on the iPad! Simply visit the page for each of the digital texts and select ebook download for Apple iBooks.

We hope you enjoy the creative student works from Cathedral City and around the globe!

Our 1st project with Rio Vista Elementary 3rd graders
Our 2nd global photography challenge as the Student Creative

Our 1st global photography challenge as the Student Creative
Stay tuned this Spring for SurrealisticMe 

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

2012 Scholastic Art Awards

Five DATA Digital Imaging students were recognized this year by California Region of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Their artwork was selected by a panel of artists, art educators and art professionals as the some of the best work from teenagers from throughout California. Gold Keys are awarded to the most accomplished works and are forwarded to New York for national judging and Silver Keys are awarded to distinguished works. All pieces, including Honorable Mentions, will be recognized at a reception on April 5th at the Riverside Community Arts Association and be on display from March 22nd to April 21st.

Congratulations to the following students!

Paul Acevedo
Gold Key Award

Beauty is in Nature
Margarita Arechiga
Silver Key Award

 Reflection in Red
Mayra Garcia
Honorable mention

Jenni Varela
Honorable Mention

His Fashion Statement
Liliana Hermosillo
Honorable Mention

Monday, February 6, 2012

Digital Skills Earn Regional Gold

On Saturday Feb. 4th, thirty-three DATA students earned gold at the SkillsUSA Region 6 skills competition at San Bernardino Valley and Riverside City colleges. These students, plus the DATA leadership students who earned gold the previous weekend, will be heading to compete at the 45th Annual state Leadership Conference and SkillsUSA Championships this April at the Town and Country Resort in San Diego. 

Congratulations to the following DATA students!

Kimberlyn Gonzalez, Jasmine Mikulak, Denny Keat, Crystal Zacarias, Ella Ramirez, and Jennifer Varela
-Silver medalist Austyn Moreno-

Graphic Communications
Eric Bloom, Wesley Duncan, Alvaro Jimenez, and Sebastian Vasquez

3D Visualization teams
Daniel Rivera and Radu Vasilie, Kyel Bullen and Brady Guiterrez, Andrew Juarez and Alberto Melgar, Manuel Lopez and Jason Bullen

Video Product Development team
Ayrton Carrazco and Andrea Gonzalez

Audio Production team
Jonathan Lopez and Bridgette Salinas

Broadcast News team
Linda Ha, Kaylin Murphy, Sydney Siva and Donielle Gerrell

TV Video Production teams
Jarelle Balanzat and Jonathan Serna, Melissa Medina and Alexis Herrera, Jessica Gallardo and Mayra Garcia, and Leo Cortes and Jacob White 

DATA will have a total of 45 students in 12 State competition areas,
up from 2011 with 15 students in two competition areas!

A very special thank you to the following community partners for their contribution in helping students prepare for the leadership competition series! 

Mark Lawrence, Greg Lawrence, and Sandy Miller, Ace Printing
Chas and Sharon Allen, PhotoColorgraphics
Justin Post, Alt9 Design