Nationally-Known Artist Visiting Valley Academy
Nationally-Known Artist Visiting Valley Academy
Posted on 02/08/2016
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The artistic-minded often claim that they are not good at math.  But the truth is, if you are making art, then you have to use math!

The worlds of higher math and art will collide on Monday, February 8th, when Yadkin Valley Regional Career Academy students taking higher math and digital media courses will be visited by nationally-known comic book artist Brian Smith.  Smith, who has illustrated dozens of comic book titles, will demonstrate how creating his artwork depends on math and technology in order to come to life. 

As a former Marvel and DC comics editor, Smith will also share insights on networking and business that will be invaluable to students who desire to put their own designs or visual creations out into the world.  Smith's work has been featured in comics titles such as “Iron Man,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Captain America,” “Ultimate Spider-Man,” and “Spongebob Comics.” His graphic novel, "Stuff of Legend,” is a New York Times best-seller. Smith is originally from New York but recently relocated to Greensboro, NC.

Students enrolled in Common Core Math 3 are currently working on a "Geo ComiCon” project, which involves authoring comics that represent several math theorems utilized in the course.  Valley Academy follows a project-based learning or PBL curriculum in which all students learn through engaging, cross-curricular projects. Students look forward to giving away their comics at LexingCon, taking place at the Lexington YMCA on April 9th.

Students at Valley Academy have the option to specialize in a digital media career pathway and take digital media and design courses at Davidson County Community College as high school students. 

The artist talk will take place from 1:30-2:30 on the Valley Academy campus in POD C.