Exploring Creativity

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Students began the new school year, exploring their creative side.  Looking to see how they could spark their creativity through play! The Foil Activity led the students to think of themselves as 3-4 year olds, discovering something new. What is it? What can I do with it? Exploratory Play.

Trust to Play
Trust to be Creative
Exploration (Quantity)
Build (Thinking with your hands)
Role Play (Try on the identity/Empathy)

Tim Brown’s video on Creativity and Play was the spark for the students discovery of how creativity and play intertwine with each other. Route (131) talks to the students about their experiences.

Tina Seelig: Crash Course in Creativity discussed how YOUR Imagination, Knowledge, and Attitude and YOUR Environment, Habitat, Resources and Culture have an impact on your creativity.  Tina Seelig was the inspiration for the “Creating Value from Something with No Value” Activity.

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One groups solution to creating value, “We decided to make a purse with our unwanted items. This has value because a purse can be used every day to hold various items such as pens and money to take around when going out.”

ACA U.S. World Champion, Emerald Liu!

CONGRATS Emerald! Good luck on representing the U.S. at the Adobe Certify Associate World Championship in Dallas, Texas August 9-12, 2015. Emerald is the SECOND SWCTA student to attend the World Championships! The students in my class are AMAZING!

Certiport Press Release

At the ACA World Championship, 35 student competitors from 18 countries are expected to compete to showcase their proficiency in utilizing industry-leading Adobe software. They will participate in a real-world design challenge for Room to Read, a non-profit organization for improving literacy and gender equality in education in the developing world.

Brian Head Arts Festival Poster Contest

Students in Graphic Design II and III ended the year creating an arts festival poster for the small town of Brian Head in Southern Utah.  Student had to learn about their client, the town of Brian Head. They then researched and explored the area around it (Cedar Breaks, Byce Canyon, Duck Creek, Yankee Meadow Reservoir, Panguitch Lake, etc.) along with see what summer activities  where in the area, like mountain biking, fishing, and hiking.  Once the students were familiar with the area and what happens during the summer in Brian Head, they started working on creating a poster to promote the Brian Head Arts Festival happening July 3-4, 2015.  The one winning design will have their design used on posters, T-shirt, mugs and other promotional items.  The top 10 designs will be displayed at the event for the community to vote on the “People’s Choice” Award!

First Place (Keena Venegas) and Second Place (Rachel Tsu)

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3rd Place (Jaysa Dizon) and 4th Place (Kassie Wong)

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5th Place (Alex Higiashi) and 6th Place (Brandon Ly)
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7th Place (Danielle Johnson) and 8th Place (Emerald Liu)
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9th Place (Solange Nhan) and 10th Place (Cynthia Kar)
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Mythology Origins PBL

May 20th UPDATE: The final animations have been completed!
Please watch and enjoy the student’s hard work at making these 4 mythology stories come to life.

Original Story Posted December 2014.

Students in Mr. Moore’s 10th grade English class started the year working on a Mythology Origins PBL (part 1). Selected English class PBL writings about the modern day Mythology Origins stories will then be turned into an animated short movie with the help of Mr. Odgen’s art students designing the characters, environments and props (part 2). When the Art classes are done working on the drawings, the concept art will go to the 10th grade Animation class to be brought to life with movement and sound (part 3).

Route(131) Newscast on Mr. Moore’s English Class writing the Mythology Origins stories.

Route(131) Newscast on Mr. Odgen’s Art Class working on concept art for the Mythology Origins stories.

A sample of an animatic created for the story “Neos.”  An animatic is a rough “live” storyboard used for timing purposes for the final animation project being created.

Route(131) Newscast on Mrs. Clark’s Animation Class working on the animation of the concept art for the Mythology Origins stories.


Sketchbook ideas develops into a work of art

The Graphic Design II and III students have been exploring an idea in their sketchbooks for the past 5 weeks. Looking at various artists, color schemes, moods and content for their work while developing the idea further. Student sketchbook examples and final work can be seen here. The students could use any digital media they wanted, some used Illustrator, some Photoshop, and others Sketchbook Pro. Take a look!

Kassie Wong



“My final product features two girls: one who is clearly visible on the top, surrounded with bright and calm colors, and a silhouette on the bottom who looks like she is drowning in dark water. The top is supposed to represent the “dreams” portion of my image. The vivid colors represent the unsuality of dreams. They’re never clear, but in turn they invoke positive feelings. The bottom girl represents the “nightmare” aspect. Death is a common nightmare; many people have dreamed of falling from tall buildings, jumping off a cliff, or in this case, drowning. I wanted to convey both aspects of the mind by combining them into a single picture.” Kassie

Alex Higashi

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Rainstorms In The City

“For my Final Product I attempted to evoke the emotion of the scenario rather than simply a recreation of the it. I tried to create a sense of loneliness, being stranded somewhere that you are a stranger. You become someone lost and the rain begins to add to the dreary sense that hangs thick in the air. Further solidifying this feeling by draining the color creating a gray, mono-tone confusion that exhibits the emotion.

As for the exploration board I went more along the lines of a collage, tracing the more, “jumbled up” thought process that I had through out this entire project, adding random bits into it as my mind called for.” Alex


Gillian Eastman

Print Print

“Topic: Astrology. My final product is focused on a girl with a libra tattoo. Astrology and horoscopes are ruled by the stars. Astrology is known to be the science of the stars. That is why she is in space. I decided to use mostly cool colors because space is mostly black, white and blue. In a way my art piece is ruled by the stars just like astrology. For my study board, I wanted to draw theme of the final product into my board so both seemed connected. My sketchbook explorations focus on a theme of space, and what lies around it. That is why for the board and the final they both have a very spacy theme to them.”

Brandon Ly

the process sketchbook assignment


“My topic was compassion and in order to capture this in a single image wasn’t the easiest thing in the world. What is compassion? To show what I thought, I tried to envision a scenario. In my scenario there’s a dog who is receiving food from some stranger. The stranger chose to help the dog, even though he will get nothing in return. It may not seem like a lot, but it’s these little acts that add up. By making the edges farthest from the food/hand darkest I was hoping to illustrate the emotion and spread of hope that the person was able to distribute. He essentially banished the darkness.” Brandon

Oversized Art Created by Art Students

Art I students learned about different color schemes, like analogous colors and complimentary colors in class. After deciding on an important influential person that has impacted their lives, the students worked together to create a likeness of them while incorporating various color schemes. Steve Jobs is the first installment of the oversized artwork. The other influential person chosen was Robin Williams.  Look for his likeness to be displayed soon!

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“You’re only given a little spark of madness, you mustn’t lose it.”  Robin Williams


Famous Paintings and Fables being Animated in 2D

Graphic Design II students have been introduced to concepts like motion tweens, key frames, and sprites while learning Adobe Flash over the past two months. Their first “short” animations were based on a famous work of art. After learning the drawing tools in Flash and recreating a famous painting, the students brought the drawings to life by animating them.

The next assignment was little more challenging, the students picked a fable that they were interested in, storyboard the fable, created all the assets and animated it.  Voice recording and sound effects were added.  Route(131) takes a look at the building of the animations by the students.  Come back to see the final fables that will be posted soon.

Presidential Honor – Class of 2016

The Junior class worked on this project last year, animating an autistic young man’s book. Gillian submitted the application for the class this past fall explaining the project they had worked on with Ben.

Students were visited by the THE PRUDENTIAL SPIRIT OF COMMUNITY AWARDS representative, honoring our youth for outstanding volunteer service. The program’s judges recognized our students as 1 of the 234 volunteer service awards given nationwide as Distinguished Finalists for their impressive community service activities. We received an engraved bronze medallion to hang at SWCTA with pride. Read more

The President’s Volunteer Award recognizes students who volunteer. The junior class Video Game and Web students were recognized with a Silver Medal and a letter of recognition from President Obama for their hard work.

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Congratulations to a great group of students who made a difference in a young man’s life.


Hip Hop Meets IT – Winter PBL

The last few days of 2014, the students had an amazing experience sharing and learning with a great non-profit organization for their Winter PBL. The students were given the opportunity to get out of their comfort zone and try something new, Hip Hop dancing with a group called Culture Shock who’s goal is to Educate, Empower, and Entertain youth that are looking for a place to belong.  Anthony Cardona is a talent and passionate dancer who was incredible working with our students, leading his Culture Shock Crew and breaking his talents down into understandable segments for our students to be successful at. Documentary created by Jay and Troy.

This video was created for the SWCTA Outlook News program.

A few SWTCA students participating in Hip Hop Meets IT summarized their experiences:

“This was an incredibly memorable and fun PBL compared to the many that I have done at SWCTA. Culture Shock was great and I was surprised at how engaged I was into the dancing since I was so hesitant at the start. It was rewarding to work with all the students and see how our worlds basically contrast yet we can learn so much from each other. I’m glad that we were successful on the second day as well – the students really enjoyed our graphic design lesson. If we ever do something like this again I will take it to heart – this PBL left a strong impact on me.”  Brian T.

“… I realized that the Culture Shock kids and Anthony Cardona were very passionate about what they do, and that inspired me. They are just as passionate about their dancing as we are about our coding…”  Bryce C.

“During the Code-A-Ton I got to help one of the Culture Shock kids through Code Combat, and seeing him having fun and actually enjoying what he was doing put a huge smile on my face.”  Victor R.

A few Culture Shock kids participating in HIP HOP MEETS IT summarized their experiences:

“It was fun to watch the students get out of their comfort zones and try something new. I loved being the teacher for a day and I was proud of my group for pulling out the win!”   Taylor

“I had fun for the first time showing students from a technical academy how to hip hop dance . It was a great experience for me. I also had a great time with them teaching me coding and technology! I plan to do the same thing there doing! It was something really fun for me to learn.  Now I have a head start of what school I want to go to!”  Kobe

“The students I worked with were very excited and made me feel very welcomed.  I enjoyed watching them step out of the box and just have fun with it. The students worked with during our coding day were amazing! They were all really nice and took step by step to help, explain,  and answer any type of questions I had.  I made a lot of friends and I wouldn’t mind working with them again.”  Savannah

“Aaron and Andre enjoyed being the dance instructors and they both enjoyed the coding activities on Tuesday. The boys said it was nice that they were teachers and the students listened even though they were much younger than the SWCTA kids. Andre said it was like we were their boss. The boys learned new computer games and have since logged in at home to Code Combat.” Aaron and Andre’s Parent

“I had a lot of fun teaching dance and also learning some new things. It’s is always fun learning new things, and collaborating with a great bunch of people.” Blair

“Bryce really enjoyed his time there. He loved teaching the other children how to dance and he really enjoyed the coding, he showed me a logo that he made and it was pretty cool.” Bryce’ Parent

“It helped me learn different things that I didn’t know exists. It also helped me appreciate how hard it is to teach a dance and the different steps you have to go through to break it down so we understand it more.” Ricci

The website for Hip Hop Meets IT is a great resource for seeing what IT exhibits and classes that were offered to the Culture Shock members.

Route (131) News Story on Winter PBL Flashmob during lunch.