The Digital Art Lab at the William King Museum of Art to Host Boot Camp for Adobe Design Programs September 19-29 | Technology


A boot camp for Adobe design programs is scheduled for September at the William King Museum of Art.

“Boot camps are all about getting familiar with Adobe programs. It’s based on a tutorial. We scour official Adobe learning books,” said Alice Salyer, Adobe Boot Camp manager. “And that’s assuming you’re new to the program. But it’s also good for refreshment.

This all takes place in the Art Lab at the William King Museum of Art in Abingdon.

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It’s hard to keep up with the pace of technology, said Salyer, head of the museum’s digital lab.

“They change every year. The programs are continually updated and improved so that more people can do more things with them, in terms of design,” said Salyer. “Designing processes that five or 10 years ago could take hours to do something, but now you can do it in five or 10 minutes.”

Salyer teaches regularly at the Art Lab, a building near the museum that houses classrooms and artists’ studios. This is where adult classes are regularly held.

The digital laboratory includes 20 computers. Here, Salyer explores the rules of design, illustration and photo manipulation.

Later in the fall, Salyer will begin a course on “After Effects,” which will teach students the rules and laws of motion graphics.

“It’s like doing intros to TV shows or where they can combine it with video and artwork — or where the different parts of a logo can come together,” she said. “A big part is practicing and spending time with it and feeling comfortable with it. We have had a number of students who may be uncomfortable with technology, but we can help them start to overcome this.

Salyer, 46, began working at the Art Lab in December 2020. Prior to joining the Art Lab, she worked as a graphic designer and art director for more than 15 years at Creative Energy in Johnson City, Tennessee, and Target Marketing, also in Johnson City.

“I didn’t really grow up with computers,” she says. “They weren’t part of everyday life when I was growing up. So I know where students come from when they’re not comfortable with that. So I try to help people feel more comfortable. It’s a tool like any other. You can go back and fix it relatively easily.

It’s not like a one-of-a-kind pottery.

“It’s not like ceramics where you spend a month on something and it breaks. And it’s just gone. You can usually go back and fix something.