New Digital Arts Lab Sparks Student Creativity

Dylan Marx ’14 and Angela Guidera-de Groot ’14 hard at work in the new Black Digital Arts Lab at Hyde School.

[Woodstock, CT]— With the introduction of a brand new digital arts lab, Hyde School students have embraced the arts to a fuller extent this fall.

Donated by Jeffrey Black, a member of the Board of Governors and of the Hyde School class of 1978, the Black Digital Arts lab features 10 Apple Power Mac towers, digital drawing tablets, professional film editing software, and a large-format color printer.

Brett Freebody, head of the art department at Hyde School, expressed his excitement for the possibilities of the new facility. “The art department is very excited about the lab. It rivals college art laboratories and allows the art department to embrace the digital medium.”

Hyde School currently offers introductory digital arts classes and is planning on adding a Digital Film Making course next year.

Hyde’s Publications course has already made extensive use of the new equipment to produce the first Hyde-Woodstock student e-magazine. The class was led by senior and Editor-in-Chief Bryn Nolan, and students worked hard to learn the Adobe CS5 Creative Suite and to put together a polished final product.

Meghan Belka, a sophomore at Hyde School, shared her thoughts on the subject: “Making the magazine has been great—I’ve learned a lot working with the new computers and am proud of our final product. I hope that the students like our work!”