"My contribution to the world is my ability to draw.
SHS Digital Fabrication Studio
Over the past year Sewanhaka High School teachers, Mr. Jack Chen and Mr. Louie Aragon have been developing a digital fabrication studio, with the hope of giving Sewanhaka students the opportunity to gain real world experiences. The digital fabrication studio is equipped with a CNC machine and two 3D Printers and will allow students the chance to apply art and design principles though the use of technology to develop three dimension objects. Mr. Chen and Mr. Aragon are attempting to bridge the gap between art and engineering, which is part of a new educational movement called STEM to STEAM. Because, we all know the value of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, educators are now pushing the integration of the arts in order to foster creative and innovative ways of problem solving.
Mr. Aragon and Mr. Chen based this collaborative effort around the STEAM initiative with the Sewanhaka 3-D Design and Fabrication Clubs. Two students, Anthony Villareal and Brandon Sebastian, worked side by side with the two teachers to design projects through the use of Adobe Illustrator, then adapted it to the CNC milling software to be craved out. The two students assisted in setting up the tool paths, calibrating the speeds, mounting the wood to the CNC machine, importing design files and assembly. During the process the students developed an understanding and knowledge of materials, how they would react and the milling process.
The students’ artwork will be permanently displayed in the main lobby of the school. Sewanhaka High School is extremely proud of the collaborative efforts between our Art and CTE programs, along with their club members and is excited to see what they will develop next.
This year Sewanhaka High School students Rebecca Solorio, 11th grader, Manpreet Kaur, 12th grader Andrew Flores, 12th grader, and Samuel Peters, 12th grader, became finalist in the “Best of College Photography”. All four students have been valued members of the Sewanhaka Art Department for the past few years. This is Manpreets second time being published in the Photo Forum’s “Best of College Photography” book and a well-deserved honor.
Over the past six years Adelphi University had created partnerships with local high school art programs by extending unique art program opportunities to high school students. Sewanhaka High School’s Art Department has taken this opportunity to send a number art students to their campus to experience life-drawing classes. This past year student Anthony Villareal, a senior and Natasha, a junior at Sewanhaka High School, jumped at the chance to enroll in the course. He spent ten weekends at the university learning various life drawing techniques taught to them by college level professors. Anthony and Natasha had his work exhibited during the closing reception, Tuesday December 16th at Adelphi University’s Art Gallery.