‘Digital wizardry’ class available for all ages
The Community Arts Center has developed a four-week “digital wizardry” class for local residents that started Oct. 27.
The course is not geared toward a certain age group, rather for the community as a whole, Matthew McCormack, an instructor and professor in the department of art and design, said. Participants range from ages 10 to 55.
While the class largely incorporates the basics of Adobe Photoshop, the students also use digital tablets to teach about the balance between art and technology.
“Our purpose is to train each person on the very broad need for computer skills,” McCormack said. “You use a computer to do almost anything now, so why not art? We are here to not only inspire people to go further but also feel empowered and comfortable because it’s too easy to get lost in a ‘computer world’ when using a new program. I do plan on breaking that confusion.”
Karla Kubitz, an associate professor in the department of kinesiology, was among the other students who decided to partake in the workshop.
Kubitz said the coursework is something she would have to perfect over time.
“I am an avid photographer,” Kubitz said. “I love taking pictures and that photographic side of the arts. Of course with Photoshop I will be able to improve current and future portraits of my own, as well as learn new computer skills to do so.”
Several students, mostly those who were older, decided to leave because they either didn’t understand how to use certain computer tools or certain art aspects were not explored, McCormack said.
But 14-year-old Torri Vanderbes said she liked the tutorial class and has plans to use the techniques she learned.
“I want my own t-shirt,” Vanderbest said. “On omgtees.com you can submit a drawing and the top few are turned into a t-shirt. I really want to improve my drawing skills, by using Photoshop before I send in my own personal design.”