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Idaho State University Department of Art creates new Digital Lab for students

August 26, 2016

POCATELLO – Idaho State University’s Department of Art is starting the 2016-17 school year on a good note by opening a digital studio lab for its current art students. The lab will help students receive more modern instruction and technological training in their art degrees.

“We are very excited about the lab,” said Jeff Adams, Department of Art chair. “Our students will not only receive training in the fine arts, but will also have a technological training as well.”

Students will begin using the lab for projects this semester for a variety of art mediums including fiber media, painting, drawing, sculpture and printmaking. Art Professor Laura Ahola-Young said she plans to use the studio in her studio art classes so students can give their drawings and painting a digital life.

The lab is equipped with 13 new desktop computers dedicated to art and design. The lab also has the technology to support 3-D imaging, scanning and printing. The lab also has a HP Sprout, a 3-D scanner and a resin printer. The lab is located on the fourth floor of the Fine Arts Building.

Adams said the HP Sprout can scan 2-D and 3-D objects into the computer that can be worked on in other programs. It can be used for a variety of projects including scanning textures to be placed on digital imagery, to help design jewelry and to scan in students’ drawings. The HP Sprout can also be used to print paintings and fiber art projects.

For more information, or for a tour of the Digital Lab, contact the Department of Art at 282-2361.