Hanna, Ashley (Digital Design & Technology)

picI am so excited to for my 3rd year at Owen High School as a Warhorse! This year I will be teaching Digital Design and Animation 1 and Game Art Design. Both are exciting classes that focus on the skills and techniques needed to pursue careers and/or further education in art and design, 3D modeling, animation, video game design, computer science, and other creative and technical careers. 

Digital Design and Animation (DDA 1) is the entry point for further study in DDA 2, and Game Art Design and Advanced Game Art Design. In the foundation class, Digital Design and Animation 1, we begin with the basics of good design including color theory and the principles of design, learn to use Adobe Creative Suite to create 2D graphic design projects, and finally dive into 3D modeling using Autodesk 3DS Max.  This is a dynamic curriculum where students will complete the course with a basic skill set in graphic arts and 3d modeling as well as an excellent foundation for further study in Design and Animation 2 and/or Game Art Design and Advanced Game Art Design.

I approach my curriculum from an artistic perspective.  If one wants to be an excellent designer, it is important to understand how to make ideas come to life in visually appealing and ethical ways. By exploring creative ideas, students will learn and practice the technical skills needed to run powerful industry standard software that is currently used in the creative design workforce. In my classes, I encourage collaboration and communication, and professionalism; all skills students will need to succeed in a global workforce.

Please feel free to contact me anytime at ashley.kuykendall@bcsemail.org.