Going digital: Turner Center hosts design course for young people | Local News
VALDOSTA – Three years ago, the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts decided to expand its universe by creating a digital arts program.
At the helm of the program is instructor Kaylyn Eanes, a graphic designer who came to the center in March.
She creates advertisements in the AdHub of the Valdosta Daily Times.
At the center, Eanes teaches young people how to create creative objects such as digital portraits, book covers and posters. Students work on Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop.
Eanes said education has always been a passion.
Harlee Webb, director of arts education at Turner, called Eanes’ talent and skills astonishing.
“She knows these programs like the back of her hand and she moves every student perfectly to make sure they are supported and that they are learning,” Webb said.
The digital arts course is aimed at students aged 12-18, although Webb said children as young as 7 have been accepted.
“If you have a younger but mature student who is eager to learn, we are more than willing to work with each student and meet them where they are at their level,” she said. “This program is really capable of differentiating between ages and skill level so that every student is successful.”
She said she thinks the class is an asset not only because it exposes students to a new art form, but also because there is an increase in graphic design and digital artists.
It also introduces them to computer programs some people don’t learn until college, Webb said.
Eanes said the class teaches children about life skills.
They can learn how to write resumes and pursue careers such as logo designer, newspaper and magazine designer, and web designer.
She said she believed all of these could be profitable careers for people.
“I would say if you put the time into it, there is definitely a benefit to it,” she said.
Webb sees other benefits in knowing the computer arts.
“I think what’s great is that if there’s a specific item you want to learn or craft, the digital art program will work with you to make sure it meets your needs and meets your needs. your wishes, and we are still just blown away at the amount of talent these students have in this community.
Masks are worn and social distancing is practiced, Eanes said.
Webb said students receive a printout of their completed work, if applicable.
For home learning, she recommends programs like Procreate for visual illustrations, Stop Motion for animation, and Lightroom for photo editing.
The digital arts program runs from 10 a.m. to noon every third Saturday of the month at the Turner Center for the Arts, 527 N. Patterson St.
The cost is $ 20 per class.
More information: turnercenter.org, (229) 247-2787 and Turner Center for the Arts on Facebook.