Written by Rebecca Groh, Student at Full Sail University // Photos by Alex Robinett, Student at Full Sail University
What do you get when you combine one of the foremost multimedia/creative product companies with one of the country’s leading innovative art schools? You get the perfect storm of creative minds colliding and collaborating for a night of electrifying community experience; or as Adobe likes to call it, a Creative Jam.
On February 29th, Full Sail University hosted the Orlando area’s Creative Jam, and the event exceeded all expectations.
Creative Jams are a multi-faceted, interactive experiences that facilitate a creative learning environment alongside a fierce design competition. Some of the most talented artists in the area gather to take part in this competition and use software from the Adobe Suite to create a Visual Design or Motion Design. With such incredible tools at their disposal, and only three hours to create a submission, these talented creatives pair up in teams and begin to design content around a pre-determined theme. The result is a wide array of diverse design that showcases the abilities of the competitors.
The night’s theme was a quote from Walt Disney: “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” After being introduced to their challenge and new teammates, the designers were unleashed to begin their creation in two categories, Visual Design and Motion Design.
While the competition was in full swing, attendees have the opportunity to network, connect with industry leaders, and tour around to check out the competitors’ creative process.
The second-portion of the Jam hosts talks from local designers who are taking the city by storm with their own unique work. Guest speakers for the Orlando Jam included freelance illustrator and designer, Kelly Farmer, founder of Mama’s Sauce Print Shop, Nick Sambrato, and partner of REMIXED marketing/design agency, Douglas Berger. Each shared their experience in the industry and related their own stories of failure and success to a captivated audience. For students especially, this was an incredible opportunity to come in contact with some of the greatest designers and aspiring artists Orlando has to offer.
The event was hosted in one of Full Sail’s main auditoriums, and it wasn’t long until the room had reached maximum capacity. “This is becoming the high watermark,” says Liz Schmidt, one of the hosts of Creative Jam. “The facilities were awesome, the place was packed, and it was one of the greatest Adobe Jams yet.”
The night culminated as competitors revealed their creations, which ranged from colorful explosions of illustrated concept art to mind-bending motion design work that explored the varying implications of the word “impossible.” After final presentations, the audience had the opportunity to vote for their favorite design to determine the Peoples’ Choice Award winners in addition to the Judge’s Choice Award.
One of Full Sail’s very own students, Tacha “Pine” Sukawat, was able to compete alongside his partner, Ricardo Mantilla, in the Creative Jam design competition. Their rendition of the theme “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible” won the Judge’s Choice Award for best Visual Design.
Pine, who is earning a degree in Media Communications, shared a little bit about his experience as a competitor. “It was a really high pressure situation. You have a three hour limit where you have to plan the ideas, decide on something, and create. The fact that you have to be paired up with [someone you] don’t know is also an extremely big challenge because both of you would have very different ideas. But [my partner and I] were able to mesh our ideas and concepts together, thus creating the piece that we won the [Judge’s Award for best Visual Graphic] with.”
“What I’ve learned personally from the event is to always be open minded to ideas,” Pine continued. “Be adaptable to everything that’s thrown at you, and persevere under pressure. Anything could happen.”
The Creative Jam was an incredible learning opportunity for all of those involved. The partnership between Full Sail University and Adobe ignited an explosion of creative energy that left attendees excited and inspired. It was a collaboration that cultivated a community of creatives, and we’re looking forward to more opportunities to come!
We’re seeking energetic students to help us continue to grow our campus presence. Adobe’s Student Rep program is now one of the largest influencer networks of its kind, having successfully expanded from the U.S., internationally to include Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, the Netherlands, the UK, and Sweden.
Student Reps are tasked with engaging and exciting students around Adobe, and integrating Creative Cloud into campus life through a combination of on-campus events and online social media amplification.
This is an excellent opportunity for university students who have a passion for Adobe tools, not to mention a great way to get free products and some extra pocket money. One top performing rep also gets a chance to intern with Adobe!
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Note: This essay originally appears on Adobe Education Leader David Olinger’s Linkedin Post
Three years ago I needed something to change. I was going through the motions each day and finding that I lacked energy, joy, and passion. I was heading down a path to burnout, and becoming one of those teachers who was “once a great educator”. My first thought was “I need to find a new job”, so I reached out to some friends who reached out to friends for opportunities.
Through this network, I found the solution to my problem. It wasn’t a new job. My friend Eric introduced me to Melissa who interviewed me, denied me a job, and then introduced me to the Adobe Education Leaders. Through this community of practice I became a learner surrounded by energy, joy, and passion.
Great Learners Believe in Themselves
I remember looking at the Adobe website and familiarizing myself with the Adobe Education Leader program. My name was next to names already familiar to me. The members were people who authored books that I taught, people who created trainings that I used, and people who create bleeding edge technology for education. I felt unworthy.
At my first community gathering in San Jose, Melissa pulled me aside and said “you have a lot to offer this community”. I didn’t believe her, but I decided to pretend that her statement was true and engaged with this community as if I had something to bring. The masquerade worked and in preparation for my second community meeting, I was paired with a long standing Adobe Education Leader to present on how teachers can use technology to meet Common Core Standards. The presentation took place on the main stage and generated a lot good feelings for me. I felt capable, valued, and creative. I became more dedicated to my learning.
Great Learners are Curious and Connected
As a global community, Adobe Education Leaders are active twenty-four hours a day. During my first year, I spent as much time as I could engaging in community activities. Adobe Education Leaders engage each other with curiosity and openness. It’s the environment Adobe promotes. I learned that curiosity is a strong foundation. In this non-threatening and creative environment best practices in education are created and disseminated globally. Adobe uses its resources to maintain connections, bring people together, and manage a culture of curiosity. It’s part of what makes these educators the innovative leaders in their field. I learned that grounding my practice in curiosity and being connected with others generates joy, energy, and passion.
Great Learners Have a Defined Mission
Adobe Education Leaders share a common mission, to make the classroom a place where students create. This mission challenges the bank deposit system of education, where the teacher teaches and students are taught. I learned treating my students as more than empty vessels waiting to be filled changes the dynamic of the classroom. I learned to trust my students. I learned to say to them “you have a lot to offer”. Adobe’s mission is worthy. It asks educators to create school environments where learners can believe in themselves, connect with their community, engage with curiosity and share a common purpose.
My term as an Adobe Education Leader is up for renewal and as I prepare my re-application form, I find myself questioning my worth. This time I have an answer for my doubt: “you have a lot to offer this community”.
As an Adobe Education Leader, Dan Armstrong is constantly looking for new ways to foster his students’ creative growth at Skyview High School. A few days ago, Dan was kind enough to sit down to discuss how he integrates Adobe Creative Cloud into his everyday curriculum, and how it enables him and his students to stay on top of current industry best practices
Dan cautions that “technology changes so quickly, if you use the older versions of software it makes students less employable and gives them challenges competing when they get to university”. By always being able to use the latest versions of software through the Creative Cloud, Dan feels as though he and the rest of the Skyview High School staff are sending students into the word prepared to better face design and creativity challenges in the years to come.
Specifically, Dan shared his excitement that once Fuse–an Adobe product the enables creation of custom 3D characters for Photoshop projects–was released, he was able to have the software up and running in his classroom just two days later. He was then able to include projects created with this software when working with his students to help them build portfolio websites to showcase their work.
Stressing the importance of students having a wide variety of different tools available to them–from Illustrator and Photoshop to Premiere Pro–Dan feels that in the end it’s all about allowing students to properly tell their story while working to advance their creative careers.
“Maybe they are an audio learner, or are more into video. Creative Cloud gives students all the tools for how they want to create and tell their story”. – Dan Armstrong, Skyview High School, Nampa Idaho
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