Computer Programming, Coding, 3D Printing, Animation, Video Game Design, Building in Minecraft, Scratch, Python, Java and Graphic Design Classes Begin in Westchester County on January 21, 2017

Let’s face it — kids can take a Scratch Programming class in many different places throughout Westchester County, or do the Hour of Code from home. There are a million and one ways to learn about 3D printing, computer programming or animation. You get the picture… And so do we.

But there’s the thing: experience. Meaningful learning is all about the experience. Knowledge retention happens when a person can put emotion behind the skills they learn.

Think about driving. Someone can show you or tell you how to drive all day long while you’re in the passenger’s seat, but until you get in the driver’s seat, get your hands on the wheel, put on your blinker, run over a few curbs and get pulled over for speeding, you really don’t learn very much. (We don’t encourage speeding, by the way! It was a metaphor…)

At the DAE, students drive. They get their hands on the tech. They try to go too fast and run into problems. We teach our kids about failure and how not to panic when something goes wrong — about how glitches are good because they teach us what we need to fix. We encourage thoughtfulness and problem solving, discussion and thinking outside the box.

Our world is so fast. It’s easy to throw information at people (especially kids) and expect them to get it. (Those kids with their iPads just know how to do all the things!) Classes at the DAE are different. They’re inclusive. They’re project-based. And they’re fun! We invite you to visit us and find out why.

Winter classes begin this weekend! January 21, 2017.

Visit us: TheDAE.com

Email us: info@TheDAE.com

Call us: 914-644-8100

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2015 Midsummer Highlights at The DAE

Midsummer Recap

Before we relive the highlights of the first part of the summer, there’s still plenty of time to end your summer at the Digital Arts Experience. Summer Session 4 runs from August 17th to the 28th, and we end our summer camps with Summer Session 5 from August 31st to September 4th. If you can’t make it for the summer, don’t worry because Fall Registration is currently live and the The DAExpress is taking bookings for Minecraft birthday parties.

Class in MakerspaceOur summer kicked off with a record high number of registrations for Summer Session 1 compared to previous years. We greatly enjoyed the packed facility and buzzing energy that brought along. On the last day of the first session, the DAE hosted a celebration for our 3 year anniversary!

DAE 3 Year PartyIn addition to enjoying good food and company, attendants heard the DAE announce two new ventures: DAELearning and DAE Makerclub. DAElearning will be an online subscription based site that provides members with interesting, educational videos on Programming Languages, 3D Printing, Mac Basics, and much more.Members of DAE Makerclub will have complete and unlimited access to our facility including labs, 3D printers, and more.

DAE Makerclub

Then Summer Session 2 came along and broke the record the previous session had just set. This high number was partially due the numerous kids who reenrolled in our classes. Our site was at max capacity with every single computer being used! Summer Session 3 started smoothly and is currently going on. Check out a student made short film below.

Late Summer Computer and STEM Camp in White Plains of Westchester at The Digital Arts Experience

Summer STEM Camps

We’ve got you covered! While other camps end before August does, The Digital Arts Experience’s computer and STEM summer camps in White Plains of Westchester County, NY, keep on going into the first week of September. Listen to President Rob Kissner talk about how you should end your kids’ summer.

With courses in 3D Printing, Animation, Graphic Design, and more STEM subjects to choose from, your child is sure to find a program that they are interested in! Allow your children to finish their summer at the most fun and educational summer camp in Westchester.

For more information visit our:

YouTube Channel: http://youtube.com/digitalartexperience

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TheDAExperience

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TheDAExperience

Website: http://www.TheDAE.com

Registration Page: https://campscui.active.com/orgs/TheDigitalArtsExperience

Big Brothers, Big Sisters

Instructor Jeff presents his students' work at the end of the session.

Instructor Jeff presents his students’ work at the end of the session.

Last month, fourteen teens, ages 12-15, joined us through the Big Brothers, Big Sisters (BBBS) program to learn Web Design! BBBS is a program run through the Family Services of Westchester to provide children and teens (“Littles”) facing adversity with an adult (“Bigs”) mentor who do fun activities together.

The teens spent two weeks in our Web Design intensive class at The DAE with instructor Jeff, learning how to create their own original websites. Using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, the kids were able to design their web templates. Jeff taught them how to build and code the websites start to finish by teaching them basic HTML/CSS. At the end of the two weeks, the kids presented their websites and amazed us all with their fully functioning sites and creativity!

We at The DAE were so excited to share this time with BBBS and we look forward to hosting them again soon!

Why I Love Animation

by Jackie Garbuio, Intern

Ever since I can remember, I have always been obsessed with animated movies. Whether they were Disney, Pixar, or anything in between, I’m sure I have seen them. When I was in high school, some movies like Horton Hears a Who and Wall-E came out and from watching movies like that, for the first time I realized people actually made them. I know that sounds kind of silly in retrospect, but as a child, the thought never crossed my mind that people actually worked on animated movies and had that as their careers. However, because of this, I really started thinking about how amazing it would be to make things come alive in movies. I thought, “I want to do that.”

I have always been interested in art and though I honestly never thought my future would head in that direction, I’m sure glad it did! Since that moment, I’ve been going to school for computer animation and have learned more than I can even imagine. My classes have given me the chance to work with both 2D and 3D animation, allowing me to create my own characters and storylines in any way I want. In my classes, I have used programs like Maya, Mudbox, ZBrush, Flash, and After Effects. I have even done stop motion projects using cut paper, clay, my drawings, and even my friends to create stories. By taking all of these classes, I have gotten the opportunity to learn different aspects of animation like modeling, painting, storyboarding, texturing, lighting, animation, and a lot more.

Taking classes like this has proven to me that this is what I love to do. For anyone who has been interested in art, this field is definitely something to look into because you can get a chance to work in so many different aspects of animation or even filmmaking. After all of the hard work and patience you have to put into a project, you really get something to show from it, something you will really be proud of.

This summer at the DAE, I get the chance to help out in Nick’s Animation classes, using Adobe After Effects for 2D Animation and Blender for 3D Animation to help each kid create their own animated story. The kids create a character, animate it both in 2D and 3D and make a story in which it breaks out from inside a TV into the real world, changing from 2D to 3D. It’s been a lot of fun seeing the characters the campers have created and helping them through each step of the process. It’s been such a great experience and I’m happy to spend my summer spreading my love and knowledge of animation to children at the DAE.

Interested in learning about animation here at the DAE? We still have summer sessions running with 2D, 3D and Stop Motion with Lego classes being offered. Call 914-644-8100 or email info@thedae.com to give your child the chance to explore the awesome world of animation at The Digital Arts Experience!

Rob’s Tech Tip of the Week

Rob's Tech Tip of the Week

If you have interest in manipulating images but are not interested in spending tons of money on Photoshop (not to mention learning the very complicated program) try Pixelmator. Pixelmator is $15 and is a super simple image manipulation program. It is easy to learn, simple to use and provides many of the same functions as photoshop. It takes a lot of the techie complicated stuff out of editing images!

Spring Break Bootcamp at The Digital Arts Experience

Video_Production

Need something to keep your child occupied during their Spring Break?

Sign up for our ONE WEEK BOOTCAMP at The Digital Arts Experience in White Plains, where they will work on and complete a finished HD video project!

Students will work with like minded individuals and discover new creative outlets by working with the most up-to-date digital tools and technologies!

  • BRAINSTORM, collaborate on ideas, storyboard & film their project
  • RECORD using high definition microphones & audio tools
  • EDIT using Final Cut Pro X, Adobe AfterEffects, and Logic Pro

Students will have access to our on-site equipment, including HD Canon Vixias, GoPro Hero 2 cameras, our fully equipped recording studio, and our beautiful photo/video lab with green, black and grey backdrops.

ONE WEEK SPRING BREAK BOOTCAMP – $700 SIGN UP TODAY!
Monday, March 25th – Friday, March 29th
9:00AM-3:00PM

SIGN UP FORM • 914-644-8100 • info@thedae.com • VIEW OUR LAST VIDEO STUDENT’S PROJECT