Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Commercial Art/Abington High School senior, Ava Henry, just received first place in the district art competition for the Assemblies of God Fine Arts Festival. This competition includes art of many varieties including photography, puppetry, music, acting, and writing. Student competitors begin at the sectional level, which includes the Greater Philadelphia area. If they place first, they move to the district competition which includes Pennsylvania and Delaware. District competition winners move to the national competition in Louisville, KY, to be held in August. Ava received first place in both sectional and district competitions for Digital Photography, and will now be moving on to the national competition.
Ava has been interested in fine arts since she was in 7th grade. This is her first year entering the Digital Photography competition at the Fine Arts Festival, although she had competed for several year in the Human Videos competition — which is acting a story throughout a song. This year, as a senior in EASTERN’s Commercial Art program, she decided to try her hand at the Digital Photography competition.
Ava and her father frequently visit Philadelphia. Last summer during the visit, she took her camera. While they were walking toward the Ben Franklin Bridge she found an old bible in the grass. They wondered what it went through and how it got there. She felt as though the photo told a story, and provoked emotion.
Both of Ava’s parents attended EASTERN. Her mother was an Allied Health student, and her father attended Automotive Technology. Ava has been attending EASTERN Open Houses since she was in fourth grade. When she was in tenth grade, she attended a tour and visited Protective Services and Commercial Art. She decided that her passion lies in drawing and creating things, so she decided to enroll in Commercial Art.
After graduation, Ava plans to work with children with special needs. She will attend Montgomery County Community College for her core classes, and then matriculate to another college for child therapy. She plans to use the skills she learned in Commercial Art to obtain freelance work during college.
“EASTERN is great. I love being here”, said Ava. “It gives you a chance to leave your every day environment for part of the day. It a hands-on environment. For people who have trouble sitting in a class and lecture, this a different learning style. Whether or not college is for you, you will gain skills that you can get a job right out of high school – skills you wouldn’t have had if you had not gone to EASTERN.”
Commercial Art at EASTERN 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.