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.

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Winter Break Programs for kids in Westchester

School Break and Winter Programs for kids in Westchester

Interdisciplinary Classes for Kids In Westchester at The Digital Arts Experience

Interdisciplinary Classes for Kids In Westchester at The Digital Arts Experience

The Digital Arts Experience in White Plains is pleased to announce that they will be hosting a 4-day long Winter Break Boot Camp for the kids and teens of Westchester County.

Experience the Digital Arts: Interdisciplinary Program (Ages 9-12)

This customized program is designed to provide the students with the opportunity to experience and experiment with various fields in the digital arts, including: 2D Animation & Visual Effects, Video Production, Graphic Design, Audio & Sound Effects. Each student will work hands-on with and gain foundational knowledge in the professional level hardware and software used in each area of  study.

The students will work at The Digital Arts Experience from 9:00AM – 4:00PM on:

Thursday, Dec. 26th
Friday, Dec. 27th
Monday, Dec. 30th
Tuesday, Dec. 31st

There will be 2 90 minute breaks throughout the day, and a lunch break as well. (Lunch will not be included)

They will create, plan and produce a multi-media project. The project will include planning/storyboarding, shooting, and editing video, creating animated titles and adding visual effects, adding sound effects and an original score, and designing a movie poster.

The tuition for this customized program is $550 per student. Each student will spend a total of 35 hours in our facility throughout the 4 days, resulting in cost of approximately $137.50 per day per student or approximately $19.60 per hour per student. Nothing else will be required to bring in besides a USB flash drive so each student can save their work.

To register, please follow this link:

Feel free to e-mail Cristina at, or give a call to (914) 644-8100 if you have any questions or comments.

VIDEO OF THE WEEK: After School & Custom Classes for Kids in Westchester County

Students from Mary Bethune H.S., Greenburgh 11 of the Children’s Village in Dobbs Ferry have been taking classes at The Digital Arts Experience since the summer of 2012. Watch the video below to learn more about their story and about our work with these students!

Interested in Unique Westchester After-School Programs? Stop Motion with Legos Program a Success at The Digital Arts Experience in White Plains

by Cristina Calabrese: Director of Operations


Throughout the summer, we at The Digital Arts Experience in White Plains of Westchester County ran programs for kids and teens in various different areas including: 2D/3D Animation, Graphic Design, Moviemaking, Photography, and Web Design with HTML/CSS. For our final week, with the tip from a very wise mother of one of our students, we decided to pilot a “Stop Motion with Legos” class for kids ages 9-12.

Never having done a formal Stop Motion class at The Digital Arts Experience before, I decided to consult our animation expert, Nicholas Sceusa. Nick excels in any task that we ask of him, so I had no doubt he would transform this class into something fun, interactive and most of all, informative and a great learning experience for the kids.

We helped Nick set up his classroom by pairing each of our 21.5″ iMac computers with external HD webcams, provided Legos, and downloaded the open source, free program Frame by Frame. The class ran as a 1-week Boot Camp session: Monday through Friday from 9AM – 4PM.

As for class structure, Nick began the class by introducing himself and allowed the kids to talk a little bit about themselves and what they’d like to accomplish in the class. He then went over basic concepts with frame rate & FPS and had them do simple experiments using coins. Important standards of practice such as proper file management, storyboarding and project planning, making sure you are working on a clean surface, and how to set up your camera were among other topics taught to the kids early to ensure that they were working efficiently.

Once they transitioned into Legos, the kids came up with amazing project ideas. Some even brought in their own Legos from home and really created amazing stop motion animations. After finishing their projects in Frame by Frame, they exported their projects and used Adobe AfterEffects to add in sound effects and special light effects such as explosions, laser beams and animated titles.

Check out some of the student’s final projects here:

Want to get your kid in on the stop motion excitement?

We’ll be running it after-school, on weekends and during winter & spring school breaks!


Tuesdays starting Sept. 17th from 4PM – 6PM – CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Saturdays starting Sept. 21st from 10AM – 12PM – CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Monday, Feb. 17th – Friday, Feb. 21st


Monday, Apr. 14th – Friday, Apr. 18th

or give us a call (914) 644-8100
or e-mail us!

After School Program for Kids & Teens in Westchester County

The Digital Arts Experience (The DAE) of White Plains is now offering custom designed After School programs in Westchester County. In addition to their regularly scheduled classes that include 2D/3D Animation, Graphic Design, Java Coding, Moviemaking, Web Design with HTML/CSS and more, The DAE is pleased to now be able to personalize your child’s experience even further. The DAE’s classes are 100% hands on and focus on collaboration so your teen will develop social, technical and creative skills. The programs enable kids to work with the most up to date digital arts tools and technologies.

With the ability to customize programs, your child and their friends can get the private and personalized attention that they deserve at their desired time; after school or on weekends.

Ed Vaizey, UK Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries once said, “Computer skills are the grammar of the 21st Century.” But not enough schools have the budget or funding for these types of programs. According to

  • Computer science is the highest paid college degree

  • Computer programming jobs are growing at 2X the national average


  • Less than 2.4% of college students graduate with a degree in computer science

  • 9 out of 10 schools don’t even offer computer programming classes

  • In 36 of 50 states, coding classes don’t count towards high school graduation math or science requirements preaches an important message: “What most schools don’t teach” with BIG names to back it up: Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg,, Chris Bosh, Jack Dorsey, Tony Hsieh, Drew Houston, Gabe Newell, Ruchi Sanghvi, Elena Silenok, Vanessa Hurst, and Hadi Partovi. Directed by Lesley Chilcott, executive producers Hadi and Ali Partovi.

These guys MUST think it’s pretty important! So why aren’t you doing something about it? Talk to you child about the importance of learning a new language – code, design, technical computer skills! And bring their friends along!



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Social Media and Stay-At-Home Parents Running Businesses


By Megan Johnson, Intern at The Digital Arts Experience

Stay-at-home parents have become increasingly interested in maintaining their careers even after starting families. In the past, having children meant one parent had to stay home to care for their child and, thus, put their career on pause. However, recently, 52% of businesses are run from home, meaning parents don’t necessarily have to choose between their family and their career. With the increasing popularity of social media, stay-at-home parents can continue their careers using social media to network, market their business and learn more about their industry, while still spending time with their children.

Social media allows stay-at-home parents to communicate with their customers with much greater ease. Instead of using word-of-mouth to spread the word about their businesses, these parents can work from their home to directly interact with customers and quickly answer customers’ questions via comments or tweets. They are able to track their social media accounts’ analytics to evaluate their marketing techniques and see how many people are seeing and responding to the posts. Communicating over social media allows for fast, easy engagement with both present and future customers. Therefore, although these parents are working at home, they still remain accessible to their clients.

Social media is an excellent tool for stay-at-home parents to use with their businesses because of their constant networking. Of course, working from home can require extra amounts of motivation and focus, but a successful entrepreneur has the determination and ability to take their success into their own hands. Scarlet Paollcchi is a good example of using social media to her advantage and advancing her career goals right from her own home. As Scarlet Paollcchi, a “mompreneur” herself, says about using social media, “Networking seems to be part of the package of being a stay-at-home mom, so I naturally started building networks…We love to share things that we enjoy doing…And social media is the most effective way for us to communicate with all our peers at once.” Furthermore, instead of arranging meetings or events to network and meet new clients, social media makes it easy to target different groups on your own time without ever leaving your home office.

Stay-at-home parents also use social media as a simpler way to market their businesses. Social media can make all the difference when marketing a business by allowing you to inexpensively build and develop your brand. According to the Internet Advertising Bureau UK Survey, 80% of consumers would be more likely to buy a brand just by being exposed to the brand on social media and 83% of those exposed to the brand would try those products. Stay-at-home parents can promote new products at little to no cost with just a click of a button and post on all of their social media sites. Building a brand identity is essential in determining how a customer will perceive a company. Luckily, social media makes it easy to coordinate and reinforce a brand identity to a large amount of people in a short amount of time.

Incorporating social media into an at-home business can allow stay-at-home parents to stay up to date on the latest news in their industry. Facebook’s newsfeed and Twitter’s timeline allow you to follow relevant contacts in your industry and keep up with industry changes as they occur. Reading articles from industry experts can give stay-at-home parents the tips and advice they need to run their businesses, instead of having them figure it all out on their own or miss important news in their fields of interest. Using social media is a great way to keep learning about running a business, all from the comfort of your home.

Just because you’re a stay-at-home parent doesn’t mean you have to give up your career life. Social media has made it easier than ever to run an at-home business without losing out by not working in an office. You can stay actively engaged with your clients and reach out to new ones, promote your products, establish and reinforce your brand identity, measure your reach, and stay up-to-date on new industry information. Today, social media marketing is a crucial aspect of running a business and can make all the difference in its success.

Additional reporting by Remy Kuhn, Intern at The Digital Arts Experience


Social Media and Senior Citizens


By Remy Kuhn and Megan Johnson, Interns at The Digital Arts Experience


Rob Kissner, President & CEO of The Digital Arts Experience, demonstrates to The Center for Aging in Place: Westchester, the importance of getting connected using the latest technology .

As technological development advances, social media becomes more and more relevant across all generations. While social media started out as a method for teens and young adults to interact, it has grown to attract a broader audience. Adults over 74+ comprise of the fastest growing demographic across social networks. Since social media has become increasingly prevalent, it is inevitable that even senior citizens find it necessary to integrate social media into their lives. Closing the gap between older and younger generations allows senior citizens to keep in touch with the people in their lives, engage with organizations that matter to them and access resources that would otherwise be an inconvenience.

Over the years, without such advanced technology, older adults have had difficulty staying in touch with their close friends spanning from their childhood to their latest careers. Adults having traveled, studied and worked in various places may have struggled to maintain these relationships and connections without the time for face-to-face interaction. While phone calls, emails and letters have been the standard for many years, they have not allowed for as much of a connection as social media now does. We can now reach friends and family across the world more effectively through a post on Facebook or even keep everyone up to date with simply a Facebook status or blog. In fact, 40% of older adults use social media to connect with family and friends. Parents and grandparents can now communicate with their children and grandchildren, no matter where they are.

Social media allows senior citizens to get involved in organizations with people around the same age. They have the opportunity to keep meeting new people and stay active in the community. For example, Facebook allows older adults to find out about local events and use Facebook groups to converse with others about their interests, experiences, and local projects. Businesses targeted towards senior citizens can post tips and create a community on their Facebook page to keep them engaged. AARP, an organization created for people over 50 years old, has 1,061,765 likes on Facebook, showing just how many people want to be a part of their interactive page. Furthermore, older alumni approaching retirement are able to network and pass on their knowledge to the next generation by connecting to students through social media such as LinkedIn. The process of networking with older alumni allows students more opportunities and allows us to close the gap between younger and older generations. Therefore, social media can reach a more diverse audience by bringing in the older generation without losing the participation of the younger generation.

More attention is focused on senior citizens and their needs with their increasing presence in social media. Now, they can access certain resources online rather than inconvenience themselves by traveling to get information or find support. Seniors who have disabilities, medical conditions, or questions about staying healthy can interact with other seniors having similar problems or experience in the area just by logging on to social media. Seniors can have live discussions or create groups on sites like Facebook and talk about experiences they are struggling with in terms of their health and get support from those going through the same issues. If someone has a question about a symptom of a condition they have and do not want to have to call or make an appointment with their doctor right away, they can ask questions and inquire if anyone who has experienced it before, has any helpful advice or beneficial knowledge on the subject. The interaction helps seniors feel connected and supported which is why it is so important for them to learn to use social media in order to better their lives at their age.

With a rising rate of adults and seniors using and engaging in social media, it is important to keep all generations up to date with technology and methods of communication. The senior category should not be forgotten in marketing and advertising strategies since they comprise a big part of the network. The younger generation always has difficulty teaching their parents and grandparents to use new technologies and social media websites and apps, but should continue to assist and encourage them to learn, as it will be to all of our benefit as society turns digital.

Final Summer Camp Open House

The Digital Arts Experience (The DAE) of White Plains hosted its final Open House before the start of its summer camps this past Saturday, June 29th. The DAE opened its doors to all those interested in learning more about its facility and the programs offered for kids and teens of Westchester.

Attendees were greeted with a personalized, warm welcome from a DAE staff member, and promptly given a specialized tour of the facility. Topics covered were 2D/3D Animation, Graphic Design, Moviemaking, Photography and Web Design. In addition, features of the DAE’s 8,000 sq. ft. facility were highlighted – its in house, fully equipped recording studio, its professional photography & video studio, classrooms, main event space, and podcasting studio.

The Digital Arts Experience (The DAE) is a community focused learning & production facility located in downtown White Plains that teaches courses for kids, teens and adults in Animation, Graphic Design, Moviemaking, Photography, Web Design, Blogging, computer/smart phone basics and more. In addition to teaching classes, The DAE also offers creative and design services to help your business grow. With their in-house professional photography/video studio, fully equipped recording studio, 4 computer labs with all of the latest professional software and industry active staff, The DAE prides itself on being not only a resource for the community, but a productive place you can go to meet other like-minded individuals who share your interests.

Starting the 2nd week of July, The DAE will be running Summer Camps for kids. The summer programs are designed to engage your child in fun, skill building multi-media projects in their chosen area of interest in either: Animation, Graphic Design, Photography, Moviemaking or Web Design. The classes are small with a maximum of 6 kids, 100% hands on and focus on collaboration so your kid/teen will develop social, technical and creative skills, and also leave with completed projects for a portfolio or college application! Check out The DAE’s summer promo video.

Click here to apply to our summer programs:!

3D Character Design

Intro to 3D Animation with Blender: Classes at The Digital Arts Experience in Westchester

Hey Westchester! Summer is fast approaching. It officially begins in the Northern Hemisphere on June 21, 2013, at 1:04 A.M EDT, to be exact. At around the same time, The Digital Arts Experience (The DAE) in White Plains, NY will be busily preparing to begin its summer camps for kids and teens that start the second week of July.

Although their camps will run Monday through Friday from 9:00AM – 4:00PM, The DAE wanted to provide alternate options for weekend classes. Starting the day after the summer solstice, The DAE will begin an 8-week Saturday 3D Animation class for teens ages 16-20.

The class, entitled “Intro to 3D Animation using Blender” will give teens the opportunity to explore the open source program Blender, and learn how to create their own stunning 3D characters and animations.

The DAE’s very own Animation instructor, Nicholas Sceusa, was recently interviewed by Phil Shapiro, educator and open source software enthusiast via In the interview, Nick discusses his use of Blender at The Digital Arts Experience in Westchester, and how he teaches it to high school students. To view the blog entry, please follow the link: Teaching the open source creative tool, Blender, to high school students.

The Digital Arts Experience’s classes are small, 100% hands on and focus on collaboration so your teen will develop social, technical and creative skills for the present and for the future. The classes are held at a max of 6 students so that everyone gets the personal, individualized attention they deserve. Everyone also gets their own 21.5” iMac computer to work on throughout the class, to enable them to work with the most up to date digital arts tools and technologies. To sign up today, please refer to the teen program application form.

As for the Summer Camps at The DAE, kids & teens can choose their area of interest in either: Animation, Graphic Design, Moviemaking, Photography and Web Design. These 2-week programs are all project based, so everyone will leave with completed projects and work to show for a portfolio. To view the summer camp application, please refer to this link.

The Digital Arts Experience (The DAE) is a community focused learning & production facility located in downtown White Plains that teaches courses for kids, teens and adults in Animation, Graphic Design, Moviemaking, Photography, Web Design, Blogging, computer/smart phone basics and more. In addition to teaching classes, The DAE also offers creative and design services to help your business grow. With their in-house professional photography/video studio, fully equipped recording studio, 4 computer labs with all of the latest professional software and industry active staff, The DAE prides itself on being not only a resource for the community, but a productive place you can go to meet other like-minded individuals who share your interests.

Stop by at any time for a tour of its brand new, state-of-the-art 8,000 sq. ft facility, or feel free to call 914-644-8100, e-mail, or visit for more information!

Partnership with the International Film Institute



Beginning in March, The Digital Arts Experience is teaming up with the International Film Institute of New York to bring you top of the line filmmaking programs. Classes are for all who are interested in exploring film production. Together, we will be offering short and long term courses in all areas of filmmaking & storytelling.

Although technology is constantly changing, a good story will always attract an audience, and that is something that will never change. The International Film Institute of New York strives to preserve that tradition. One does not simply see a movie because of the camera used to film it; they go because it has a good story, actor, director, producer, and film crew who all work together to bring that idea to life. Good stories invoke emotion, feeling and move people. This is in direct alignment with the values and mission of the International Film Institute of New York.

The IFI has been running professional and hands-on filmmaking courses since 1998 and also runs partnership programs at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY and the Kimball Art Center in Park City, Utah.

The courses running in our facility include an Introductory Lighting Workshop, a Weekend Introduction to Filmmaking Seminar, a Screenwriting Seminar, and a Commercial Production Lab. We are not only pleased to be working in conjunction with the IFI, but excited to be able to present the White Plains and Westchester community with the opportunity to take part in these amazing classes.

For more detailed information, and a breakdown of each class, please refer to the partnership page on our website:

We will be hosting an open house on Saturday, March 9th from 12:00PM – 3:00PM where lots of amazing film equipment and  will be brought into our facility, and you can see firsthand just how fantastic it is to learn the fundamentals of good filmmaking and storytelling. To register for open house, click here!