Commercial Art students' work inspired by online learning

Thinking about their surroundings

Commercial Art students’ work inspired by distance learning

A typical day in Damian Powers’ Commercial Art class on the Center for Career Services campus begins with students working on a computer. They use a variety of software programs to create designs ranging from the personal to the fantasy genre.

When the governor ordered schools to close several weeks ago, like so many other teachers, Mr. Powers transitioned his traditional classroom to an online one.

Several of the assignments he has sent his students focus on what is happening around them, specifically with the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Some students have taken to it better than others,” he said. “For our first project in self-quarantine, I asked the students to create a digital or traditional collage based on a few questions.”

These questions included:

What type of collage do you plan to develop? Traditional, digital, or a combination of both?       

Please explain how your resources affect your decision. For example, if you don’t have access to a computer or design programs, you are doing a traditional collage. If you have an iPad, you will be working on that.

What will be the subject matter of your image? We are in interesting times. The daily life we are in has changed dramatically from three weeks ago. Isolation? Loneliness? Happy to slow down? Worry? What are the positives? Use these emotions/facts to influence your subject matter. 

What type of imagery do you plan to use/create? Will the images be dark and foreboding? Happy? Light? Strange? Straightforward?