Summer Learning

It is funny because as a teacher or a student, we all look forward those last couple weeks of school to summer vacation. We think days at the beach and hours of reading or computer games, but to me the best summers are where I get to take a couple classes myself! Currently, I am taking one class via Learnable.com and two MCAD Continuing Education classes.

I just stumbled upon Learnable when I was searching for coding classes in web development. Most of the classes run upwards of $600 which is a bit spendy. But through Learnable, I can take classes for $15 a month. I’m taking PHP & MySQL Web Development for Beginners currently but will definitely take HTML5 before the summer is out too.

At MCAD, I’m taking Intro to Screen Printing, which I’ve actually taken before but would like some more studio time and Intro to Illustration. I have enjoyed every class I’ve taken through MCAD. I will definitely post some of my work by the end of the summer 🙂 .

-Shalanah Dawson

Easy Mac 5 Color Screen and Lounging People 2 Color

Here are some recent screen prints from this summer in Open Edition at MCAD. I think I would like to do a series of the Easy Macs in the near future. It was, however, a long road to completion. I completed 1 whole run of 3 color failures before redoing it to the final below. The Lounging People however was a pretty quick edition especially because registration didn’t need to be perfect. Hope you enjoy!

Easy Mac Print and Two Details
Lounging People

 

– Shalanah Dawson

Tech Summer

It has been a busy summer. Graphic design, web work, wedding photos, AND I’m teaching at iD Tech Camps! I worked as a counselor at iD once when I was in college and have rejoined the team this year at Macalester College. The staff is fun, the campers are awesome and we make some really cool things! At iD I teach students, in one week, how to create a website or video game from scratch (using Photoshop, Flash, Dreamweaver and Fusion). There are also other courses in coding (C++ and C sharp), robotics, and game modding.

-Shalanah Backus