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Give a young person the gift of exploring the digital arts and maybe even launch a career!

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It always starts with an interest, a curiosity, or a passion for the digital arts.  Students may be fascinated by a particular art form and curious how they’re made, or they may be inspired to jump in a start creating their own original stories and artworks.

Caleb started his digital art exploration in our Video Game Design 101 course eleven years ago.  After becoming one of our amazing Student National Mentors, and then a Student National Fellow, Caleb went on to excel in the Digital Animation Program at CSU Fullerton and was one of 30 out of 10,000 worldwide applicants selected for Nickelodeon’s prestigious Digital Animation Studios internship. Caleb is now a Team Leader with Sony’s PlayStation Division.

This semester, like so many YDACS.com students before her, fourth grader Anaiya enrolled in Digital Manga 101,  DM101, along with the assistance of her Grandmother Lita who learned as much, and ended up loving DM101 as much, as Anaiya.

When Anaiya just completed DM101 she said:

“DM101 is such a great course for kids because it pushes them to limits and lets them be as creative as can be.  Also, I enjoyed the videos they were very helpful and short like 15 minutes and under! I really liked the color wheel ( it has every color you can THINK of ). Next, I learned about opacity which makes objects look transparent. Last, I also like layering, putting objects behind other objects. Thank you, Anaiya”

Evelyn is a Junior in high school and one of our amazing Student National Mentors.  She was just like Anaiya when she took DM101 in 7th grade,  When she finished DM101 she said:

“I really enjoyed Digital Manga 101.  Although I did find it fun to learn techniques in the chapter videos, my favorite part was definitely creating my own characters in Inkscape!  It was interesting and useful to know how to make drawings look excellent through slight tweaking.  Thanks to the mathematics of Vector Graphics, I enjoyed my first Inkscape experience because I could move and change images easily and quickly.  I am glad that I learned how to make some really creative works on the computer and I hope to use these skills in later years.
Thank you, YDACS!
Sincerely,
Evelyn

Evelyn has gone on to become an amazing young digital artist.  You can even wear some of her 8th grade artworks by purchasing a t-shirt featuring one of her designs in our store.

One of the things we love the most is when our students integrate their digital art skills with other subjects.  This is an excellent example where Evelyn used the digital art tools and skills she learned in her YDACS courses to illustrate a group parachute design for her physics class, all the way from brainstorming to the final design.

Micah, another of our outstanding Student National Fellows, started with DM101 and is now studying animation at Evergreen Valley College. Micah also teaches our DA101 and DA102 courses and has been researching and evaluating free and open source animation programs for possible future courses. This is what Micah said when he completed DM101 five years ago:

“Hello!
I finished DM101! This course was pretty awesome! I really enjoyed it! I liked how Inkscape works and how you can edit things by skewing and node control and you can import it into other programs! I can’t wait to start making animations! Thanks YDACS!”

Several years later, like Caleb and Evelyn, Micah is doing what he had hoped in his DM101 comments.  This is an experimental animated GIF of an inkscape self portrait that he imported into Krita: a free and open source program he is researching and evaluating.

Mackenzie is another of our amazing Student National Fellows.  When she finished DM101 nine years ago she said:

“I have finished DM101 I really liked learning how to make your art look better using nodes.
Thank you for a great course.
Mackenzie”

Gwee the dragon was one of Mackenzie’s DM101 works.  Yes, Mackenzie, we still love your Gwee the dragon.

Mackenzie has gone on to become an incredible 3D modelling and animation artist.  She is currently enrolled at Drexel University studying animation and visual effects Here is one of several posts in our blog featuring her works. You can click each image to scroll through larger versions in a slide show.

Each of these amazing emerging young digital artists began with an interest, a curiosity, or a passion for the digital arts.  At www.YDACS.com we feed hungry young minds and grow digital artists.

You can give a young person the gift of exploring the digital arts and maybe even launch a career by enrolling them in any one of our three course tracks. You can download and print our our Fall 2018 Course Catalog, Quick Enrollment Guide, and Single Page Flier which includes a visual diagram of our three tracks.

Students can enroll in our courses at any time!

You can also fund a digital art scholarship for your favorite school or youth organization. Please let us know if you are interested or if you have any questions by by using our contact form at www.YouthDigitalArts.com or email us at info@YDACS.com.

 

Micah – Student National Fellow – College Junior – California

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Micah is one of our outstanding Student National Fellows now studying animation at Evergreen Valley College.  Micah also teaches our DA101 and DA102 courses and has been evaluating potential free and open source animation programs for possible future courses.  This is an experimental self portrait animation he created using Krita.

Integrating the Digital Arts with Physics! Evelyn – Student National Mentor – 11th grade – Michigan

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We love it when our students, and Student National Mentors, integrate their digital art skills with other subjects.  This is an excellent example where Evelyn used the digital art tools and skills she learned in her YDACS courses to illustrate a group parachute design for her physics class, all the way from brainstorming to the final design.  This is her explanation of her illustration:

“Here’s something small that I have done recently with Inkscape. I love it when my schoolwork can utilize the program! Our project was to design a parachute for physics, and diagrams needed to be included in the report. Inkscape made it a lot easier for me to neaten up my sketches and present them in a clean-cut format. Not a super artistic example, but definitely a mode of design.”

Please join us in giving Evelyn positive feedback by clicking the title of this post and adding a comment at the bottom of the post page.

 

 

Noah – New Student National Mentor – 4th grade – California

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Noah just completed the 4th grade and is our newest Student National Mentor.  Noah took DM101 and DPP101 in 3rd grade and then completed DDP101 in 4th grade.  Noah and Luke are featured in this month’s news email.

Noah is busy working on his art and applying the techniques he learned in DM101, DPP101 and DDP101.

“My name is Noah. I am 10 years old. I really like making digital artwork on my computer at home. I like making digital art because I want to maybe do something with it in my adult job and it is very fun in my opinion. I have taken 3 YDACS courses which include, DM101 Digital Manga, DPP101 digital photo painting, and DDP101 digital drawing. I thought all of them were very fun and interesting and before taking them I didn’t know a thing about digital artwork on the computer. DDP101 Digital Drawing was my favorite because I thought I learned the most from that course art wise and how to use Inkscape. Thank you for enrolling me to be a SNM.”

Here are some of Noah’s works:

Mackenzie – Student National Fellow – Drexel University

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Mackenzie is one of our Student National Fellows who is currently enrolled at Drexel University studying animation and visual effects.

 

Isabel – DPP101 student – 10th grade – California

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Isabel just completed Digital Photo Painting 101 and has posted excellent works along with her descriptions of the skills and techniques she learned in DPP101 and applied to her works.  Be sure to click the first image to view her slide show.  You can also click the title “Isabel – DPP101 student – 10th grade – California” and then scroll to the bottom of the page to leave positive comments for Isabel.

 

 

 

Mikayla – DPP101 student – 6th grade – Michigan

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Mikayla just completed Digital Photo Painting 101 and has posted excellent works along with her descriptions of the skills and techniques she learned in DPP101 and applied to her works.  Be sure to click the first image to view her slide show.  You can also click the title “Mikayla – DPP101 student – 6th grade – Michigan” and then scroll to the bottom of the page to leave positive comments for Mikayla.

 

 

 

Wenavi May – DM101 student – 7th grade – California

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Wenavi May just completed Digital Manga 101 and has posted excellent works, including our first Taro attorney, along with her descriptions of the skills and techniques she learned in DM101 and applied to her works.  Be sure to click the first image to view her slide show.  You can also click the title “Wenavi May – DM101 student – 7th grade – California” and then scroll to the bottom of the page to leave positive comments for Wenavi May .

This is what Wenavi May had to say after finishing her first YDACS course: DM101:

I’ve finished DM101! It was an interesting experience learning how to use a new art program. Vectors are very fun to work with, and were a fresh and exciting way to do art, coming from someone who had only drawn bitmap images up to this point. My favorite part is how you can use the nodes to tweak your lineart; it makes editing and fixing things so much easier! I think I will use Inkscape regularly after this course.

 

Noah – DDP101 student – 4th grade – California

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Noah just completed Digital Drawing and Painting 101 and has posted excellent works, including the first ever lemonade robot, along with his descriptions of the skills and techniques he learned in DDP101 and applied to his works.  Be sure to click the first image to view his slide show.  You can also click the title “Noah – DDP101 student – 4th grade – California” and then scroll to the bottom of the page to leave positive comments for Noah.

“This is my original drawings drawn on paper and traced on inkscape, but the robot that I traced other then the lemonade tank.  And my techniques were, The pencil and learning to do shadows and shading on the robot.”

 

Judah – 3DDRW101 student – 11th grade – California

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Judah just completed 3DDRW101 and posted these excellent comments and outstanding works:

 

“I’ve Finished 3DDRW101. I absolutely loved this course, it really helped to get me started with Blender. Taking this course has opened just the right door for me to explore a lot of new possibilities with the incredible Blender interface. Armed with the knowledge that I was fortunate enough to gain from this course, I’m now tremendously excited to try out loads of new ideas on the extremely advanced, yet somehow effortless, program that is Blender. Thank you, YDACS.”

 

Noah – DM101 student – 3rd grade – California

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Noah just completed Digital Manga 101 and has posted excellent works along with his descriptions of the skills and techniques he learned in DM101 and applied in his works.  Be sure to click the first image to view his slide show.  You can also click the title “Noah – DM101 student – 3rd grade – California” and then scroll to the bottom of the page to leave positive comments for Noah.

 

Skylar – DPP101 student – 11th grade – California

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Skylar is currently completing Digital Photo Painting 101 and has posted four excellent works along with her descriptions of the skills and techniques she learned in DPP101 and applied in her works.  Be sure to click the first image to view her slide show.  You can also click the title “Skylar – DPP101 student – 11th grade – California” and then scroll to the bottom of the page to leave positive comments for Skylar.

 

Mackenzie – Student National Fellow – Drexel University

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Mackenzie is one of our Student National Fellows who is currently enrolled at Drexel University studying animation and visual effects.  She is great about sharing insights she is learning along the way such as getting into the habit of drawing everyday to encourage your creativity.

 

“One of my assignments for a class is to draw 7 different objects for 7 days.  Last week we had to draw 7 cats and this week was 7 trees.  The drawings should take no longer than 10 minutes and are just simple pieces, the goal is simply to get you into the habit of drawing everyday.   I recommend this to everyone as it helps encourage your imagination and gets you into a creative mood.”

 

Judah – DDP101 student – 11th grade – California

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Judah just completed DDP101 and posted some outstanding comments and works:

I’ve finished DDP101. I enjoyed this course very much. I especially enjoyed seeing how each artist had their own unique style and different methods for creating their artwork. It was extremely educational for me as an artist to learn from other artists and try different techniques. Overall, I was very pleased with this course and I feel that it has helped me further establish my own style. Thank you YDACS!

 

Ven – Student National Mentor – 12th grade – California

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Ven, or Master Ven as we call her, keeps creating masterworks!  This time she also made a speedpaint video so you can watch her entire creation from start to finish in 3 1/2 minutes.

 

GRAND DAD