Executive Director, Cressa Megown worked with Katrina Ronneburger’s Advanced Digital Media class at Brevard High School (BHS) to design a new logo for the annual fundraising event Taste of Transylvania.

Taste of Transylvania, TCSEF’s premier annual fundraiser, will be held at The Lumberyard in Brevard on May 3, 2016 from 6-9 pm. This annual fundraiser supports the TCSEF Mini-Grant program which provides grants to educators in Transylvania County Public Schools. These grants create opportunities for our educators to craft innovative programs and to step outside budget boundaries which allows for unique, hands-on and creative learning experiences.

Patrick designs with the Wacom Digital Drawing Tablet.
Patrick designs with the Wacom Digital Drawing Tablet.

Patrick Frady, a BHS senior, submitted the selected design. Patrick worked with Mrs. Ronneburger to create final files for publication based on feedback provided by the Taste of Transylvania Planning Committee and Mrs. Megown. Although Patrick has not finalized his college plans for after graduation, he does hope to pursue a marketing degree. He enjoys the artistic expression that graphic design allows and he believes his design experience will benefit his pursuit in marketing. “Often there is a break in communication between the designers and businesses, if you are able to bridge that gap, it is extremely helpful.”

Patrick, a varsity soccer player, is open to new ideas. He fulfilled his fine arts requirement for graduation by taking a dance class in the fall of 2015. It was a new adventure for him, but he does believe it helped on the soccer field as well. Patrick is translating that sense of adventure to his next design project. As the Taste logo design has finished, he is finalizing his cereal box design, for a salsa flavored cereal.

Several years ago, Katrina Ronneburger received a TCSEF Mini-Grant to purchase Wacom Digital Drawing Tablets for her graphic design classes. Students use the tablets, along with the pressure-sensitive stylus, to complete all of their design projects. Mrs. Ronneburger has found that by using the tablets with her introductory classes, the students advance more quickly than with a mouse. “It works so much better than trying to transition [the students] over to the tablet later, because they will go to the mouse if they have one there, so I have removed all of them.” The Wacom tablet is the industry standard for graphic design tablets and the pressure-sensitive stylus allows the students to design as with a paintbrush or calligraphy pen. “The tablets are a huge asset to this class.” Next year, BHS and Mrs. Ronneburger will be offering the Adobe Certification Course, which will allow students to sit for Adobe certification in Photoshop, Illustrator, Premier, Audition and Animate.