Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Commercial Art/Upper Moreland High School senior, Casey Underkoffler, is getting a head start on her career as a commercial illustrator while still in high school. As a senior, Casey has already developed a professional portfolio to help her to get into the college program of her choice.
While in tenth grade at Upper Moreland High School, Casey did some career testing that indicated she had natural skills to be successful in the Cosmetology field, and she decided to come to EASTERN for a visit. During her visit to EASTERN she had to choose two programs, so she chose Commercial Art just to fill the time. As soon as she spoke to the Commercial Art instructors and students and saw some of the work being created in the program, she knew this was the right fit for her. Even as a child, Casey was always interested in drawing, a trait that was passed along to her from her mother who attended an art college and her dad who drew blueprints as a self-contractor.
Casey excels in her Commercial Art program, and is part of SkillsUSA, EASTERN’s student leadership organization that provides competition opportunities for career and technical high school students. Casey is very active in SkillsUSA competitions and is currently the SkillsUSA Commercial Art Class President.
Casey found that Commercial Art was not only graphic design, illustration and photography, but is also a college preparatory class that includes daily journaling, article reviews, and group projects. The most valuable thing she is taking from Commercial Art is the guidance from her instructors, Nicole Mohrey and Rob Steinbacher, who are professionals in the field.
“EASTERN is not a sugar-coated class. Critiques are a staple in the program, and my teachers and peers are always there to help me improve,” said Casey. “Commercial Art is a professional development program offering a real-world work environment with deadlines and client specifications. It is all about preparation for college and a career.”
After graduation from EASTERN and Upper Moreland High School, Casey plans to attend a four year college for Commercial Illustration, and ultimately start her own freelance business.