As MIPA summer camp started up with a full day on July 30, many classes had already hit the ground running. The Illustration and Information Graphics class, located in the Communication Arts building, spent its first full day at MIPA mastering the art of Adobe Illustrator.
The goal of the class is to familiarize MIPA students with illustration applications and should hopefully allow them to feel more comfortable with computer graphics, according to instructor Karl Gude.
“It’s very easy to teach,” Gude said. “Everybody’s doing great.”
According to the students, they also said they are catching onto the concept of visual thinking quickly.
“I’ve already used Illustrator because I use it at home,” Erika Collin, a student from Midland High School as well as a graphics student and member of the class, said. “I’m learning a lot and I feel like I’m going to be able to do a lot for my paper to make it better overall.”
As well as learning about Adobe, Gude said he has several others goals for the students to reach within their first long day of MIPA camp. With so little time, every hour means important instructional time, and Gude said he intends to make the most of it.
“One of my goals is to get them to think that visualizing information is an extremely useful tool for understanding data,” Gude said. “I’m hoping they’ll learn that they can illustrate even if they aren’t artists.”