FUHS Data 1 class to hold contest for Garden Club poster

Heather Nyberg-Schlotzhauer

Beacon Correspondent

Students at the Fortuna Union High School will be competing for one of three awards from the Fortuna Garden Club for creating their 2013 Christmas Home Tour & Tea Poster. Daniel Holmes teaches the rare course at FUHS to 9th through 12th grade students.

FUHS is one of only two schools in the nation that offers the Data 1 class where students can get Adobe certified. The class has 33 students and the competition has the possibility of being opened up to almost 150 students.

Holmes has been a teacher in the graphic arts department at FUHS for 4 years and has been teaching this specialized course for 3 years. Holmes is originally from San Diego and has been teaching in Humboldt County for 14 years.

The students will be working on their designs over the next month with competition ending on Oct. 18. The Fortuna Garden Club has set up a panel to review the entries and pick 1st through 3rd places with awards being $100 for 1st, $50 for 2nd, and $25 for 3rd. The monetary award is only the beginning as the student who wins will have their poster turned into the official 2013 event poster, which will be distributed all over the county.

"We were approached by the Garden Club and are very excited about this opportunity to work with the community," Holmes said. "We have done several projects in the past including the pedestrian flags throughout town at crosswalks, Student of the Month shirts, AP shirts, and sports shirts."

The students work with a variety of digital attributes and are well-versed in Photoshop, deadlines, layouts, dealing with the public, clients, and graphics, according to Holmes

"Many students are intimidated by the idea to have to draw or paint something and this gives them the opportunity to create that art where the computer does the graphic instead of free hand art," Holmes said.

Fortuna Garden Club is excited about the upcoming competition and Holmes could not be more pleased, he said.

"We are always open to helping the community," Holmes said. "There are a lot of cool things that we can produce. We can be a really good resource for the community. The kids are learning a skill that is relevant and a real life application."