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By Bethany J. Royer

Mike Ullery | Daily CallSenior, Kaitlyn Barlage of Russia works on a graphic arts project at the Upper Valley Career Center.
Mike Ullery | Daily CallSenior, Kaitlyn Barlage of Russia works on a graphic arts project at the Upper Valley Career Center.
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By Bethany J. Royer

Staff Writer


Editor’s Note: This is part seven of a continuing series on donations and the Upper Valley Career Center. Part one ran Saturday, Nov. 30, part two Dec. 7, part three Dec. 21, part four Dec. 28, part five Jan. 11 and part six Jan. 18.

PIQUA — After the Pre-engineering and Design Technologies program, Terry Krogman, instructional supervisor, introduced the Daily Call to the instructors and students of the Design and Digital Print Technologies class at the Upper Valley Career Technology Center. The class busily setting about with a variety of projects and —as mentioned in part six of this continuing series — preparing a variety of pop-culture zombie-related designs for sophomore career day.

Whether it was decorating the halls with zombie hand and footprints or making gifts for their impending visitors such as zombies on buttons (Including a zombie response team button) to mouse pads, notepads and even T-shirts. There was a large selection of high-quality items showcasing the students’ state-of-the art handiwork.

“It’s what we decided on this year,” said Sierria Puthoff, a senior, on the choice of a zombie theme (Last year was the vibrant yellow minions from the movie Despicable Me) with Randy Weaver, instructor level 1, and Ralph Ash, instructor level II, providing further information on the program, including being certified by the Printing Industries of America or PIA. As students develop skills for a variety of printing potentials and graphic communications while utilizing software programs Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator. Learning everything from screen printing to sign making, vinyl graphics, even binding.

“It’s a lot of work but good for advertising,” said Ash of preparations for the open house. “The kids will be making buttons and stickers, and putting books together and running presses.”

Emphasizing the program is more than an art class, Ash introduced Kaitlyn Barlage, senior, who was working on a new design and commented on her great work with colors. Barlage, in turn, spoke of her love for drawing and taking art classes at her home school before Ash continued, “She understands color and it’s hard to get students to understand how color works. These notebooks we gave to the schools this year were so bright and vibrant — she understands it.”

With a design side and production side, students transitioning between the areas throughout the day, Weaver explained the multi-faceted process of needing to understand that after design work the students need to know, “What’s going to happen to it. They need to understand (the process) from front to back.”

In the meantime, Puthoff had produced a collection of zombie buttons that drew Krogman’s interest as he inquired if he could take one to his daughter, a drawing enthusiast. “She will like that.”

When asked what she planned to do after graduation, Puthoff said her interest was in photography and said, “I’ve actually already started my wondrous journey to be a photographer.”

If the work in the Design and Digital Print Technologies class is any indication, she certainly is well on her way.

Stay tuned …

Bethany J. Royer may be reached at 773-2721 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall

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