Digital Special Topics


SKU: N/A Categories: ,




Wednesdays April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 June 5 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM

Cost: $45 per session
Call Alice for info about discounts for entire series

Location: Art Lab – Digital Lab

Minimum 2 people. Maximum 10 people.

Please register a week in advance of the session you wish to attend.

Interested in improving basic design knowledge, technical and practical skills? This hands-on series starts with the elements and principles of effective visual communication, continues with basic introductions to Adobe Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop, then continues with focused project based practice projects and technical training in common tasks in the programs. Plan to attend the first four sessions, then pick & choose the sessions that interest you.

April 3: Design Basics: Elements & Principles of Visual Communication

April 10: Design Basics: Intro to Adobe Illustrator

April 17: Design Basics: Intro to Adobe InDesign

April 24: Intro to Adobe Photoshop

May 1: Simple Photo retouching in Photoshop

May 8: Flyers in InDesign

May 15: Newsletters in InDesign

May 22: Tri-fold Brochures in InDesign

May 29: Infographics in Illustrator

June 5: Social Media graphics



With Create Appalachia & Katie Hoffman

Wednesday, May 8 1:30-3:30 PM

Cost: $25

Location: Art Lab – Digital Lab

Minimum 4 people. Maximum 12 people.

(Please register 1 week prior)

Creatives of all genres need to be able to market themselves effectively. In “Writing an ‘About’ or Artist Statement,” Katie Hoffman will help you create one of the main building blocks for a basic media. A strong statement will provide important insight into your work, allowing potential clients and patrons to connect with you and develop appreciation for how and why you do what you do. It can also serve as the “about” page for a website. This document outlines the themes, influences, and philosophies of your work. Whether you’re an artisan farmer raising heirloom sheep, a filmmaker, a game designer, or a painter hoping to place your work in a gallery, this document is a marketing must-have.

Those who register at least three days before the session will receive an email ahead of time with some idea-generation activities. A handout will be provided at the session for those who sign up later. You’ll learn to avoid vague, fluffy, confusing “artspeak.” You’ll brainstorm and develop a few clear reasons why a potential client or collector should consider your work. You’ll emerge from this session with bullet points that you can use to draft a statement that reflects your passion and helps others engage with you and your work.



Saturday, May 18 1:00-4:00 PM


Location: Art Lab – Digital Lab

Minimum 2 people. Maximum 6 people.

(Please register 1 week prior)

Make your own laser-etched acrylic pendant! Students will be guided through simple Adobe Photoshop techniques to adapt an image for laser etching and then we’ll laser etch the pendants. Students may make more than one if time allows. Workshop is suitable for ages High School through adult.