Grace Kim is an AYV Scholarship recipient from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She participated in AYV at Lester B. Pearson Collegiate Institute. Grace is currently attending the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto and majoring in Graphic Design.
This was the theme for the first assignment of my university career. The project was for my “Colour in Context” class, where we had to create a t-shirt design with this phrase on it. Everybody in the class interpreted this project in different ways and everybody’s project had a different look and feel – the only common thread was the phrase “the person that works the hardest wins.”
At Ontario College of Arts and Design University (OCADU), we all come from different places with different skills and experiences under our belt. But the few things we do have in common is our love and passion for art and design, our goals and dreams of being able to pursue what we love and to be successful at it, and the hard work and dedication we put in in order to achieve those goals and dreams.
It was no different for me. Although I was nervous about going to university and starting a new stage in my life, I was very excited as well. I couldn’t wait to put myself in an environment where I could focus solely on what I wanted to do – which was to study and pursue design – and to have people around me who would teach, encourage, and inspire me. In the two months that I have been attending OCADU, I have met so many amazing people and have learned so much from them as well as from my professors. But most importantly, I have been learning more and more about myself each and every day – not only as a person, but also as a designer. Even though I am in the graphic design program and I have been planning on pursuing graphic design for the past two years, I have started to want to learn different things, try different mediums and different types of design. The variety of courses that I take give me a chance to do so, and even if I am not good at it at first, when I see the amazing things that other people can do, it inspires me and makes me want to challenge myself to go outside of my comfort zone and to just do it. At this point in my life, I am not exactly sure of what I want to do, but I keep pushing myself and exploring all the different options and opportunities there are for me.
And most importantly, I always work hard and give my best effort. To have a project that revolves around the theme of working hard as the first project of my university career has really helped to push me in the right direction and give me something to fall back on in times of stress and worry. We are all sailing in this ocean called life, trying to find our destination even though we don’t know where it is. If we give up, we’ll never find it. But if we work hard and give our best, we will be able to find it even after all the twists and turns. We may not “win” or get the outcome or grades we would have liked, but hard work never goes unrewarded — whether it’s recognition, a job, a scholarship, or even your own satisfaction, hard work will always bear fruit. We just have to be patient, and wait for when it is our time to reach our destination.
2013 was an exciting year on the Adobe Education Exchange. The highlight was watching you engage with each other, share mind-blowing content, and exhibit your power as a creative force within Education. We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than to share top trends, themes, and highlights from the past year. As we reflect on a wonderful 2013, let’s make 2014 even better!
Like no other theme, creativity captivated AEE members this year. Sparked by the need for creative ideas to solve global challenges, you showed you’re up to the task of preparing students to meet these challenges. You flocked to our Creativity in Today’s Classroom workshop series and digital creativity courses. You discussed how to promote creativity in classrooms and how to teach creative thinking. Thank you for all the creative teaching ideas and we look forward to more on this topic in 2014.
Professional Development Launch
In February, we launched a new Professional Development portal with twenty self-paced workshops, three MOOCs, and a wide variety of online and in-person events. More than 19,000 of you completed a training activity including the 350 of you who finished the Train the Trainer course to become credentialed Adobe Education Trainers. The momentum is building so expect expanded opportunities in 2014.
You continued to share ideas for integrating technology into the curriculum in 2013. Just a few of our many favorites include creating Instagram profiles for historical figures, a collaborative spoken word animation project, and combining math and 32 pictures to create an average visual of an interest. We’re excited to see the ideas you have up your sleeves in 2014.
From gamifying the classroom to earning points and badges on the AEE, gamification was a winning theme in 2013. You explored ways to incorporate gamification into the classroom and a group of you is collaborating on a gamified curriculum delivery system. Gamification on the AEE allowed you to showcase an impressive amount of activity. You earned more than 150,000 badges and over 1 million points in 2013!
Tablets and Smartphones
With the exponential growth of mobile devices, it’s no wonder you were interested in how they affect both the way you teach and the need-to-know design skills to respond to this trend. You discussed the best use cases for integrating devices in the classroom and wondered what Adobe software on a tablet would be like. There was also a growing interest in the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite and web tools like Muse, Edge Animate, Edge Reflow, and PhoneGap for creating device friendly content.
As we begin 2014, thanks for joining us in the mission to change the world through creativity. With each resource you find, question you ask, connection you make, or new skill you learn on the Adobe Education Exchange, you can spark ideas and creativity in others. We promise to continue to support you as you ignite creativity at your institution, colleague, or in your students.
Marné Pool is an AYV Scholarships recipient from San Jose, California. She participated in AYV at Willow Glen High School in San Jose. Marné is currently studying Digital Art and Animation at Cogswell Polytechnical College in Sunnyvale, California.
This semester I am taking my first animation class! Since I want to be an animator, I was really excited to finally learn about it. The class is focused on 2D animation so we use traditional techniques to create short animations.
When I first started, I had a vague idea of how the process worked. It was quite difficult at first! There were many techniques, like how to roll or flip the paper, which took a bit of time to get the hang of.
We started with a simple ball bounce to learn the most basic concepts and from there we worked up to more complicated assignments. I realized that one of the most important things to understand is timing. The timing makes an animation believable, which helps the audience connect to the story you are trying to tell. If the timing is off, the viewer will become distanced from the piece and lose interest.
Although I would like to do 3-D animation, knowing the techniques of 2D will help me a lot — all the same principles must be applied for a successful animation.
After the ball drop, we did all the standard tests like a leaf falling, flour sack drop, water splash and a brick drop. Each object reacts differently when dropped, some are hard and rigid, while others are smoother and organic. Each assignment required that we shoot our own reference — it’s a very hands on kind of thing! These assignments take a lot of time and effort to get the right feel. After lots of hours and thick stacks of paper, we have a few seconds of animation finished!
After working on objects, we moved on to characters. Achieving a smooth, believable character walk took a few attempts, but I did find it more natural animating a human, since I’m more familiar with the way people move.
For our final project, we are creating 15–30 second shorts involving one character interacting with a 2 liter soda bottle. We must display a change in emotion as they interact with the bottle. It has to be an obvious difference from the beginning to the end of the sequence. This will require that I create storyboards, an animatic, and finally, the many passes of the actual animations.
Although the work can be tedious, this class is very inspiring. I look at the animated movies from my childhood with a new appreciation. I now understand the extent of the work that went into each scene. All the subtleties of the characters stand out to me. I love all the little details in the animation that give the characters a connection to the audience. These otherwise cold, flat pictures come alive and tell beautiful heartwarming stories. I aspire to create the same kind of magic in my own work someday.
Earlier this year, 25 highly talented Adobe Youth Voices (AYV) students were selected to receive scholarships to help them pursue higher education in a creative field. We are pleased to announce that the first group of scholarship recipients will be contributing blog posts sharing their experiences in post-secondary school and updating us on their creative projects. We hope these blogs will inspire current AYV students who dream about starting a creative career!
AYV students entering their first or second year of post-secondary school during the 2014-15 academic year are encouraged to apply for the scholarship here. Applications are being accepted until March 3, 2014.
The AYV Scholarships program is fully funded by Adobe and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE), an independent not-for-profit founded in 1919. IIE is among the world’s largest and most experienced international education and training organizations.
Please join us in congratulating the Adobe Youth Voices Scholarships recipients and check back for their blog posts!