Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Commercial Art student/Lower Moreland High School senior, Olivia Pavucek, designed the promotional poster for the Gilda’s Club of Delaware Valley’s 18th Annual Basket Bingo held on February 25, 2017 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 the artwork for the event. Mrs. Mohrey chose Olivia because of her outstanding character design skill and passion for illustration.
The theme for the event was “Grooving with Gilda.” Ms. Brahan wanted the design theme to connect to the 60s and 70s. Olivia worked long hours and tried many different designs before deciding on the final image. Olivia’s mother, a Gilda Radnor fan, helped Olivia brainstorm the best image of Gilda for the poster.
Olivia chose to complete the design with watercolors, which is her favorite painting medium.
“As a child, and even now, I always watched and loved cartoons. I would try to replicate the characters, until I started designing my own characters,” said Olivia. “I am thrilled that everyone is happy with the design. I am glad it is being used and enjoyed. I am happy that my artwork is getting recognition and for such an outstanding cause.”
After graduating from Lower Moreland High School and completing EASTERN’s Commercial Art program, Olivia plans to attend Moore College of Art and Design for Animation and Motion Arts. Her goal is to be a cartoonist.
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.