St. Amant High School students create ‘Digital Art’

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
Advanced Placement Art Student Clayton Kerek (right) donates framed artwork to Kerry Diez (left) of Southwest Computer Bureau. Clayton Kerek used the iPad funded by Southwest Computer Bureau to edit his photo of the inside of a busted light bulb.

Through an Ascension Fund grant provide by Southwest Computer Bureau, St. Amant High School art students have access to an iPad that allows them to create and access digital images of their artwork that they will use in their electronic portfolio for their Advanced Placement Studio Art Exam.

One portion of their Advanced Placement art exam is for students to create an area of concentration on a particular subject. Art students photograph “Art in Unlikely Places” and use the iPad to edit their photos as well as accessing their digital images. “It’s much easier to edit my photos on the iPad rather than going to the computer lab. Apps on the iPad are easy and quick.” replied AP art student, Kelly Young. Darryl Babin, St. Amant High’s AP art teacher, says another advantage to using the iPad is the accessibility to previous AP art students’ digital portfolios that current students can use to evaluate their portfolios.

Funds for this grant were provided by Southwest Computer Bureau through the Ascension Fund. The Ascension Fund is a non-profit organization established in 1991 by the Gonzales Rotary Club as an instrument for private sector leaders to invest directly in the work of individual teachers and schools through grants for innovative ideas and programs in Ascension Parish public schools. Teacher Grants of $500 or $1,000 and School Impact Grants of $2,500 are awarded on an annual competitive basis. To date, the Ascension Fund has awarded over 1,000 grants representing over $1.2 million dollars in the school system. For more information, visit