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DGA a class for students who love art and technology

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Aidan Thornten, 10, working in Photoshop during DGA

Aidan Thornten, 10, working in Photoshop during DGA

Aidan Thornten, 10, working in Photoshop during DGA

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Digital Graphics and Animation, also known as DGA, is a class where students learn and think art about art from a technical aspect. Students are introduced to various animation programs and learn how to apply them. For example, students begin with 2D images and animations and progress to 3D figures and animations. Throughout the year, these progressions allow students to get a substantial overall learning of graphic design.

Gerardo Gaona has been teaching Digital Graphics and Animation for several years at Frisco High School, and his interests in drawing and technology made him a natural fit for teaching this unique course. “In high school, I was into drawing,” Gaona said. “I took art and I worked in the technology department of FISD. I ended up putting the two together and got myself into graphic design.”

Technology improves at a rapid pace so it is crucial to stay up to date with updates. “There is always a new way to do something,” said Gaona. “You have to be able to multitask and use programs like Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and others. You really have to be versatile.” Students in DGA get the opportunity to learn a variety of softwares in order to get a well rounded graphic design background.

Students in DGA get to use their creativity to make images. To Aidan Thornten, 10, “the most important skill needed in DGA is creativity because you have to incorporate some many of your own ideas into projects.” Sage, 10, stated, “I chose DGA because it was taught by Coach Gaona and all my friends were taking it. I am glad I enrolled because I have learned great skills and have gotten some credits out of the way.”

DGA is a full year class that fulfills a fine art and a technology credit. If you are interested in taking DGA next year, talk to your counselor. 

 

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