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Spring Fever is April 19: new equipment spurs student innovation

There’s a lot new under the sun this spring. CATC students have been learning to use new cameras, digital drawing screens, and a digitally controlled kiln–all made possible by generous donations from CATC supporters– in creating their art for the April 19 Spring Fever student show.

With the new kiln, students in the 3D studio no longer have to wait in line with the ceramics classes to fire their pieces. That’s freed them to experiment–learning some basic chemistry along the way, with glass-firing techniques that create holes and bubbles, transferring photos to glass, using the iron from printer toner as pigment, and melting glass over clay to mimic water falling in a fountain.

The DMM (digital multi-media) students have four new professional digital SLR (single-lens reflex) cameras, four digital drawing tablets, and a dedicated area with professional lighting for studio photography. The digital drawing tablets enable the students to draw with a stylus, while their creations transfer to the computer screen.  Students who like drawing and painting have embraced this new tool, and some students with disabilities find the more familiar tool easier and more fun to use.

Join us for Spring Fever 2014, Saturday April 19, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at our Longworth Hall studios. See full slide show.