The Cyberwalk Arts Festival, an event held the weekend of April 24, was an alternative to the Sidewalk Arts Festival for those not able to attend the on-site event. It was open to all current SCAD students, and SCAD alumni.
For eLearning students like myself, it offered a way to get involved in campus events without having to be on campus.
The interface was pretty simple to use, and similar to your most basic paint program. You had a virtual sidewalk for your drawing pad, the use of 10 colors of chalk to choose from, and a sponge as your eraser. A mouse was okay for use if you did not have a Wacom tablet, although it may have required a bit more time and skill. I also found the laptop touchpad to be difficult.
Take a virtual stroll to see all of the entries.
Overall I found it to be a fun experience, and I hope to see more events like this offered to students online.
Some comments from students and alumni:
Andres Ortiz: “I enjoyed the Cyberwalk competition. I thought it was a clever way to get us internet hermits to become more involved in local events – possibly encouraged some of us to brave the blazing sun to see the real Sidewalk Arts festival. The interface was smooth and intuitive, and though I generally like to see troves of information when it comes to digital submissions (who they are, names of pieces, descriptions of artist intentions) I have to say it pretty much was true to the Sidewalk Arts experience in providing slabs of concrete for people to draw on in series.
I would definitely keep it the same way, though the Flash software had a few bugs and it would have been nice to be able to save a draft in case the power goes out or our browser crashes.”
Annie Halo: “It made me wish I had a Wacom tablet, that’s for sure! I was glad that I got to participate though and I think it’s a great idea for those of us who can’t get down to Savannah to draw with real chalk. The interface was a little buggy on my computer; when I tried to view my square later it loaded really slowly, but then again I am running an older OS on an older Mac…so that’s probably why. More chalk colors would’ve been nice, but I did what I could. Overall, I think it’s a really cool idea and I enjoyed it!”
Tran Nguyen: “I thought the contest was interesting and gave the alumni/ other students, who weren’t able to partake in the actual event, an opportunity to join in. I didn’t have too much trouble with the interface. It was quite user-friendly. I did run into a glitch where some strokes would duplicate on a different part of the canvas. It was a little irritating but not a huge ordeal.”