Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Commercial Art student/Springfield High School junior, Ian Nash, designed the promotional poster for the Gilda’s Club of Delaware Valley’s 19th Annual Basket Bingo held February 24, 2018 at Westably Hall in Fairless Hills, PA. Gilda’s Club of Delaware Valley is a non-profit based in suburban Philadelphia that provides free social and emotional support programs in a warm, homelike environment to anyone living with any cancer diagnosis. They also provide this same support to those living with a loved one’s cancer diagnosis, who have lost a loved one to cancer, and who are cancer survivors.
Anne Marie Brahan, EASTERN’s Continuing Education Administrative Assistant, asked the Commercial Art Instructor, Nicole Mohrey, if she had a student interested in designing artwork for the event. Mrs. Mohrey chose Ian because of his outstanding illustration skills.
The theme for the event is “Wild about Gilda.” Ms. Brahan wanted the design theme to include the jungle and an illustration of Gilda’s dog, Sparkle. Ian did a few sketches and found himself focusing on the dog wearing a jungle hat surrounded by wild grass.
“I have been drawing since I was really young. It has always been a passion of mine,” said Ian. “I was self-taught most of my life, until recently. My mom pushed me toward Commercial Art at EASTERN since it would give me practical skills to apply to an art career. During my sophomore year of high school, I met other EASTERN students, and my interest grew. I visited the school, enrolled and here I am. It was a pleasure working with Anne Marie. The experience from this project taught me how to work with a client and have a greater understanding of Adobe Illustrator.”
After graduating from Springfield High School, Ian plans to continue his education. He plans to take his required academic classes at Montgomery County Community College and matriculate to a four-year art college and focus on Illustration and co-major or minor in Graphic Design.
EASTERN’s Commercial Art program covers everything from conceptual drawing and design to a professional portfolio. Students learn the value and application of their unique styles in both design and illustration. Students use industry standard software on the Macintosh platform. Software used includes Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Dreamweaver and Flash.