Monday, February 13, 2012
A group of Carrollton High School students crowded into a graphic design class at the University of West Georgia recently. The teenagers had at least one thing in common with their college counterparts: art.
The students looked at their drafts for the upcoming AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt Design Contest and made suggestions
Beyond the “I like that one” comments, the suggestions in the critiques were useful: change the font here, move the image there, try another color, the letters are too close, the words are too far apart.
It was a first for the Carrollton students, said Clint Samples, an associate professor of art. Samples reached out to Mike Lewis, the graphic communications teacher at Carrollton High School. Samples hopes the visit serves as a recruitment tool for prospective art majors and both teachers want to collaborate soon.
Lewis said his students were “very encouraged. And that makes them want to try harder.”
UWG art students got a chance to pass on their knowledge.
“When I was in high school, I liked the fun fonts,” said Brittany Watkins, a UWG senior. “But as you get older, you realize that a simple, sleek text is a lot better than a really out-there font.”
It was an eye-opening experience for the Carrollton students.
“I learned a lot about how fonts influence the way your design looks, about placing things in the right spot and how that affects your design,” said Fernanda Lara, 18.
The deadline for the AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt Design Contest is Feb. 28. The July 4th race is a premier Atlanta event and in 2011 it drew 60,000 runners from around the word.
Designs by Samples’ students have been finalists in the competition since 2009. He’s had two winners: Allison Bennett in 2010 and Jessica Ferguson in 2011.
In this photo: Carrollton High School student Kelsey Lujan, UWG student Brittany Watkins (in the background), and CHS students Sydney Samson and Fernanda Lara.