Malden High School is broadening its horizon with new electives for students to choose from. One of the new additions to the Art Department is the Digital Art class. Taught by Joseph Luongo, this class allows students to express their artwork in a new light.

Unlike most art classes, this class does not require utensils, such as a pencil and paper, because all of the work is done digitally, on a computer. This half-year class gives students the opportunity to get to interact with the advanced technology of the century.

Last year, Luongo suggested the class to MHS principal Dana Brown. When Luongo got approval, he created a Survey Monkey, and found that many students had interest in a digital art class. The class has had a great outcome in the first couple of months of the school year.

The three main programs the students use for projects are Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, and Adobe Photoshop. With one semester of the class down, the students have been able to use Adobe Photoshop to complete a project that consisted of them taking features from various people’s faces and their faces and making it into a new face. This project allowed the students to get used to the Adobe Programs.

Luongo is currently working with his students to guide them on a project that requires time and precision. The objective of the project is to recreate someone’s face, such as an actress or even their mom, using Adobe Photoshop. The class has been working on this project for a few weeks, but the time is necessary. Their goal is to make the face look as realistic as possible. The students seem to be enjoying the project and “watching everything come to life,” according to freshman Robert Gaetani.

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