Several GMTCC students have also found success in the Congressional Art Show. In 2015, student Natalie Reed won first place in the Congressional Art Show with her painting “Chicken Scratch.” Her artwork joined other winners in a special display in the U.S. Capitol building. Now a student in the Animation program at Massachusetts College of Arts and Design, Reed regularly works with a technique that involves shooting paper cutouts with the stop-motion software Dragonframe, editing the footage in Premiere Pro, and then layering on special effects or additional animations using Adobe After Effects and Adobe Animate.
“When I was first introduced to Adobe apps, it felt like I was being gifted with the seasoning I needed to help my portfolio develop a whole new flavor,” says Reed. “My projects become more refined with the ability to communicate across the Adobe apps. Adobe liberates me and allows me to create the professional-quality work that I’m striving for.”
Other students are finding success outside of the academic environment. Current GMTCC senior Liam Lenel is translating his extensive experience in photography, design, and film into an impressive portfolio of freelance work. In addition to photography and event videography, Lenel was hired by a local company to create a 30-second animated television commercial that will air across Vermont. Lenel created the assets in Adobe Illustrator, animating the video in After Effects, and finished the video in Premiere Pro. With Adobe Creative Cloud, this student created the commercial in less than two months.
“Adobe helps me express myself,” says Lenel. “Being able to immediately see my sketches in a digital form is revolutionary. As with any new platform, Adobe Creative Cloud seemed complicated at first, but as I worked with the apps further, I realized that Creative Cloud was very simple. Once you understand one program, picking up other apps is a breeze.”
“The wonderful part about Adobe Creative Cloud is that it’s such an intuitive solution that it opens students up to all sorts of possibilities,” says Neckers. “It gives me the potential to heighten students’ overall artistic thinking while preparing them for future careers.”