By Leslie Simon
Ever since the Arvada Center opened its state-of-the-art Digital Creative Arts Lab (DCAL), patrons of all ages have been able to take a modernistic approach to the arts, learning and exploring new skills using 21st-century technology. Whether you are an adult hobbyist looking to get into the digital arts or an amateur artist who yearns to go pro- the DCAL studio is equipped to take your digital education to the next level.
Once we graduate school, as adults it can often feel like our education is over, and work begins. Your time for learning is not over yet, though! Here at the Arvada Center, we believe that acquiring and becoming invested in new skills helps deepen our connection to the world around us, allowing for a more fulfilling life. This summer in the DCAL, we have many options for adults to learn the digital arts.
- Looking to take your photography and editing skills up a notch? Explore everything from photo-editing to collage art with the Photoshop and Artmaking class.
- Heard all about these 3D printers, but never had a chance to see one or experiment with it? 3D printing is changing design processes around the world, and at DCAL, we have TWO 3D machines ready to take a 2D sketch and breathe life into it through a simple CAD program to create a tangible 3D sculpture.
- Do you own an iPad? You are already halfway to creating amazing works of art digitally, and you will learn video-making, green-screen technology and digital painting in our Digital Art with an iPad class.
We spoke with Digital Creative Arts Lab coordinator and instructor Tobias (Toby) Fike about the options and classes that DCAL provides to adult art appreciators of all ages.
Q: What advice do you have for an adult wanting to get into the digital arts (photoshop, filmmaking, 3D-printing)?
A: I guess, just go for it. I know it can seem intimidating, but the basics are easier than you might expect and you have to start somewhere. One of the great things that we offer is shorter workshops that can introduce you to some of our various options without too much of a time or financial commitment.
Q: Knowing Photoshop is a valuable skill to have in the Information Age. In what ways do you see it being used most effectively?
A: That’s a tough question. It can really do so much. I suppose I like using it to enhance and make photos look that much more polished and professional.
Q. What benefits do you see from drawing on a digital tablet versus paper?
A: It is different and might take some getting used to but first off, it doesn’t waste paper. You can also undo anything so there is no fear of messing up. You don’t treat it as precious and that is liberating and freeing, allowing you to try more and get experimental with your art making.
Q: What’s the most interesting thing you have seen come from using the 3D printer?
A: There is so much potential with the printers, it is fun to discover new things to print all the time. Right now I’m trying to find ways to make molds for slip casting in ceramics.
Q: What do you hope to see in the future of DCAL?
A: I want to have even more talented instructors to diversify the things we can do and offer beyond what I can even imagine right now. Besides that, I want to keep having fun with the students who are already taking classes.