St. Margaret’s visual arts students in the Upper School have dived deeper into the endless possibilities of digital art creation—and their works are stunning.
Studio art teacher Phillip Griswold introduced more digital art units into a variety of classes, ranging from studio art I up through AP studio art and post-AP advanced study. The flexibility to create digitally was made possible by a generous PTF grant, which brought iPad Pros with stylus pens to the visual arts department, with programs like Procreate and Photoshop installed.
“Procreate and Photoshop are programs that are used by fine art, illustration and design professionals across the creative fields, so it’s great that St. Margaret’s students are now able to experiment and create with these programs,” Mr. Griswold said.
This year, Upper School studio art I students digitally created imaginative landscapes, works exploring interior and exterior space and composition, as well as quick digital portrait sketches. In intermediate studio art, students reimagined and digitally painted famous masterpieces from art history. AP and post-AP students were allowed to choose what art media they would like to work with, and those who choose digital media have been creating digital portrait paintings, architectural drawings and imaginative, fantastical compositions which, according to Mr. Griswold, “defy description.”
The PTF grant, coupled with additional digital resources allocated by the technology department, allows each student to have a tablet in class. Teachers are seeing more students gravitating to the digital-art tools as a means of pursuing their passion and expressing their creativity. Their digital works are being recognized, as well. In this year’s Regional Scholastic Art Awards
, sophomore Kayla Gerayli and grade 8 student Emily Grimm both won Scholastic Gold Key awards in digital art, and Tartan students won an additional four Silver Key awards and seven honorable mentions in the digital art category.
“It’s been great to be able to introduce cutting edge digital drawing programs and techniques to the students,” Mr. Griswold said. “They have been exploring a new dimension to art, and the results have been fantastic. I couldn’t be prouder of all our artists here at St. Margaret’s.”