2018-06-13 / Living

PCC DEAT students visit museum exhibit


PCC’s Digital Effects and Animation Technology students, from left, Katie Varner, Christina Cavanaugh, and Christopher Colleen stand inside the installation by Soo Sunny Park called “Photo-Kinetic Grid.” 
SUBMITTED PCC’s Digital Effects and Animation Technology students, from left, Katie Varner, Christina Cavanaugh, and Christopher Colleen stand inside the installation by Soo Sunny Park called “Photo-Kinetic Grid.” SUBMITTED Students from Piedmont Community College’s Digital Effects & Animation Technology program visited the North Carolina Museum of Art to see “You Are Here: Light, Color, and Sound Experiences,” an immersive art installation by 15 contemporary artists.

The exhibit provides an interactive experience for visitors through elements including large-scale light works; sound installations; video works; mixed media, room size environments; and site-specific projects. The exhibit will be open through July 22.

“While this artwork is somewhat different from the animation that most students make, it does guide creative ideas in the ways students can play with light and reflections, form and space,” said DEAT Coordinator and Instructor Paula Hindman.

The PCC students say that they were captivated and motivated by this exhibition, which is said to engage the senses, activate the imagination and provide connections between the viewer and the work of art.

“This art show provides inspiration and new ideas for ways I can make my own art,” said DEAT student Katie Varner after the visit.

DEAT Instructor Adam Kania noted that the exhibit “taught students that art can transcend the visual medium.”

Also while at this Raleigh based museum, the DEAT students were able to view the permanent collection of art and walk the sculpture trail.

Students in PCC’s DEAT program can earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in two years. The hands-on program provides students with the skills needed to create animation and graphics for electronic games, television, film and online media.

Through courses including Design and Animation, Editing and DEAT Modeling, students will train on computer art and animation programs, such as Autodesk Maya and the Adobe Creative Suite. In addition to technical skills, students will be engaged in team building, projectbased assignments, portfolio production, design and animation principals, and recognition of best practices and industry standards.

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