Students taking business information technologies and design studio art at Rockwood Valley Middle School in Wildwood learned about computer animation during a visit from Heather Carpini, a professional in this field. Carpini, who is the stepdaughter of Rockwood Valley Middle teacher Janice Carpini, has worked on several animated films during her career including Ice Age: Continental Drift; Horton Hears a Who; and The Green Lantern.
During Carpini's classroom session, she showed students the process of making an animated movie and discussed basic art techniques, renderings and computer techniques used.
She also stressed the importance of working as a team and talked about some of the other skills needed to work in the industry.
"Heather has worked on some big movies, so it was exciting for students to meet her and see how they can apply the skills they are learning in class to a career in computer animation. The students asked great questions and were very attentive," said Janice Carpini in a Rockwood media statement.