“The future belongs to a very different kind of person with a very different kind of mind — creators and empathizers, pattern recognizers and meaning makers.”
— Daniel H. Pink, A Whole New Mind
Aaron Roberts teaches art and chairs the Visual Art department at Mason High School in Mason, Ohio. At Mason, he has taught a variety of courses including sculpture, photography, and enhanced communication applications, but his favorite is the one he has taught the longest: digital image design. Roberts crafted the digital image design courses into a multidisciplinary course focused on art and design — both on and off the computer. In this course, students learn how to follow the creative process and explore Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign to help them execute their creative ideas. Roberts likes to say that he teaches kids to look at, think about, and make art. But since he loves technology so much, he looks to integrate the latest tech trends wherever possible.
Roberts first experienced Adobe programs while working on an old Mac in the corner of his high school art teacher’s classroom in the late 1990s. He found that he loved Photoshop and soon expanded into Illustrator. After 12 years of teaching, Roberts still works to encourage strong design skills and promotes deep technology skills in everyday learning. If a piece of art can be created on a computer, he wants to learn how to make that happen. Most of all, however, he wants to get young people creating the art for themselves. Even with several hundred students bringing home state, regional, and national art awards, Roberts feels he’s just starting to hit his stride in the world of creative education.