Last week I had the pleasure of visiting the Oakland School for the Arts (OSA) in California. OSA was founded in 2002 and is a public charter school with just over 600 students in grades 6 through 12. In addition to rigorous academics, each student specializes in one of the following disciplines: circus arts, dance, digital media, instrumental music, figure skating, literary arts, production design, theatre, visual arts, or vocal music. It was wonderful to walk the hallways of OSA and pass dance studios, music studios, art studios, biology and Spanish classrooms. I saw students wearing leotards, toting instrument cases (sometimes larger than the students themselves), sketching in notebooks, getting feedback on the latest apparel they designed, taking photos, and singing. The halls were buzzing with much more than just talent– there was so much student creativity, energy, and passion!
The day I visited coincided with the Digital Media class’ Framing Day. Framing Day is the day when students frame and hang their recently completed work. In this case, students were hanging their posters celebrating each of the 30 articles of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The posters were created in AdobePhotoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign because Heidi Cregge, chair and instructor of Digital Media, uses this assignment to teach students about how these three programs work together and can be used in an integrated way.
Students’ posters were very impressive! Each one intrigued, provoked, and drew in the audience. As always, young people never fail to amaze me with their creativity and passion for making our world a better place. Check-out some of their work below and on their slideshow.
Izzy and Domenico with their posters
Robin and Ryan with their posters
Emilio with his poster (co-created with Ciaran) & Izzy and Takai after hanging posters.
This week, Adobe is launching an online mentorship program as part of the ongoing “Make it with Creative Cloud” campaign. The goal of the campaign is to highlight students, showcase their work, and create professional opportunities – ultimately providing students with the tools to aid both their “making” process and their ability to “make it” professionally. The goal of the Office Hours is to help students when they need it most- during exam times and finals.
For the next four weeks, Adobe will be providing students unprecedented access to top creative professionals in the form of live Q&A sessions. The first mentor to participate will be Chris Clarke, chief creative officer at advertising giant DigitasLBi. This week, Chris will share his real-world nuggets of wisdom focusing on how to use the power of storytelling in presentations. Tune in here on October 31st, at 11:30PM-12:30PM EST #madethis.
Additionally, throughout the week the Adobe Students social media channels will be featuring tips, advice, and inspirational quotes from Chris on a range of topics – everything from when you should (and should not) use a “banana” as part of a pitch to what he looks for when interviewing new creative professionals.
Be sure to follow the conversation on the Adobe Students Facebook page to see these quotes and get more information on our upcoming sessions including Erik Johansson, Anita Fontaine, Ken Martin and more.
This fall, Adobe is inviting students from different corners of the world to become Adobe Student Reps on their respective campuses. Over 350 (and counting) students have already joined this global community of young creatives.
Student representatives help uncover the endless possibilities of Creative Cloud by showcasing how Adobe tools can help one stand out inside and outside of the classroom. For example, reps involved in last year’s pilot program engaged with students in a variety of different ways to fulfill creative needs on-campus:
- At University of Massachusetts, our spring rep guided a Ski & Snowboard club through the process of producing a better stunt video using Premiere Pro and After Effects CC.
- At Cornell, a rep helped his business fraternity members make a lasting first impression at the upcoming career fair with business cards and resumes created with InDesign CC.
- At Stanford, our spring rep taught a freshman dorm some key enhancements for Facebook photos using Photoshop CC.
Adobe also launched a Back to School campaign called, “Make it with Creative Cloud,” which is enhanced by the student reps as they actively document their content creation processes and encourage other students on campus to “make it” with Creative Cloud. They also share and celebrate completed projects by using the #madethis hashtag. Leveraging the power of social media, student representatives amplify enthusiasm generated by their on-campus events and grassroots activities and inspire students around the world to think about how Creative Cloud can give them an edge in school and in life.
We’re excited to be expanding this program nationally and piloting internationally to include up to 1000 Student Reps total. Please join us in spreading the word by encouraging college students you know to visit adobe.com/go/student_rep to submit an application.
We’re excited to announce the launch of Adobe Education on Pinterest.
Please follow and share our boards – packed with creative educational resources – but also, we invite you to join us for our first-ever Adobe Creativity in Education Pin to Win Sweepstakes. Show us creativity in action on your campus or in your classroom (or at your kids’ school) by November 8 for a chance to win the ultimate digital creativity toolset: a MacBook Pro and a one-year Adobe Creative Cloud membership to help keep your ideas flowing.
Pins can include photos or videos from the classroom or campus, educational resources that parents and educators can’t live without, or anything that inspires creativity. You can start by exploring our Adobe Creativity in Education idea board and repin anything that inspires you.
All it takes is a spark of inspiration to foster creativity and new ways of thinking. We can’t wait to be inspired by the creativity in your classroom, and watch it spread as educators collaborate and continue to magnify the message of creativity as the future of education.
Click here for more details on how to enter.
Adobe is thrilled to announce the 2013 Adobe Design Achievement Awards (ADAA) finalists and honorable mention recipients! Talented students from around the world submitted their work into the contest. Panelists and official judges, representing ten different countries, contributed their unique and cultural perspectives when selecting the most innovative student designs.
The ADAA global contest continues to receive thousands of quality submissions every year, maintaining its reputation for recognizing the best work of student design. This year, the ADAA received 3,752 submissions from 55 countries. The work was judged on design creativity and the students’ ability to apply Adobe products during the execution of their piece.
The judging panel selected 1,100 semifinalists and then 30 finalists and 22 honorable mention recipients were chosen in the final round. These young talents came from Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Israel, Japan, Korea, Poland, Thailand, Taiwan and the United States.
The eleven category winners and three media segment Grand Prize winners will be announced on November 20, 2013, at the Adobe Design Achievement Awards ceremony in New York City, in conjunction with the Adobe Create Now World Tour. Winners will receive a 1-year membership to Adobe Creative Cloud, a cash award, and travel to New York.
Adobe congratulates the 2013 finalists and encourages you to join us in celebrating the next generation designers by posting comments to the Online ADAA Gallery. You can follow their journey through the ADAA Facebook and Twitter channels, #ADAA13. Additionally, check out the sneak-peek video of the honored work!