By: Shaya Rogers, Features Reporter
B u s i n e s s Information Technology instructor Sonia Crawford said her Digital Design Studio students will be hosting their first ever Digital Design Expo to promote digital artwork completed throughout the course.
The April 19 event is open to anyone and is scheduled for 1 to 3 p.m. in Smith Brasher Hall, room 110, she said.
“It’s really just to highlight their work and all their expertise and their amazing creativity because the stuff that they’ve done this term has just blown me away,” she said.
The class has been working hard on many different projects in advanced Photoshop and illustration, and this would be a great way to wrap up the semester, she said.
“I’m course owner of the course; it’s never been taught before, and I was like, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool if they could just do kind of an exhibition of all of their stuff, you know, some of their projects?’” she said.
The event is a poster expo and students from the Culinary Arts program will be providing tasty treats, she said.
“They were given posters, kind of like those science fair posters, and they’re just going to display their artwork and then we’re going to have some food from Culinary and we’re just going to have an open space,” she said.
The students recently worked on a project where they created a comic book cover and a three-page layout, she said.
“I have parameters and rubrics set up, but in terms of the content, they have a lot of leeway,” she said.
She hopes others can help encourage the students and let them know how talented they are, she said.
“I just hope that other people outside of our little community can come in and say, ‘Wow, look at that! That’s fantastic, how did you do that?’” she said.
Her students are excited to show the projects they have worked so hard on, especially since many of them are graduating this term and starting careers, she said.
“I just keep pushing them and I think the excitement is building because it’s so close now and they got their posters and they’re going to turn them into me on Wednesday, so I think it’s becoming more and more real for them,” she said.
Crawford hopes the expo is successful so she can start doing it every year, perhaps even expanding to other digital media classes, she said.
“I hope to encourage other digital students to come who are in digital media or who are interested or possibly interested,” she said.
She is proud of her students and is glad they have a foundation to share their work, she said.
“I really want to take the back seat, I want it just to be about them, they’re the focus,” she said.