WEST CALDWELL, NJ — The James Caldwell High School Art Department recently became the recipient of a class set of iPad Pros and drawing pencils worth more than $25,000 from the Caldwell-West Caldwell Education Foundation that was presented during the district’s annual Art and Tech show last week.

Through the grant application she submitted, art teacher Jane Romm identified the iPad as being at the forefront of innovative and dynamic tools for art education. With this type of technology, Romm explained, the “possibilities are endless.”

“I applied for the grant because I've been noticing a shift in the direction art professionals and educators are working,” said Romm. “In order to succeed in the future job market, it is important for students to learn how to create artwork digitally using 21st century technology, to become aware of art historical precedents, and to become fluent in digital concepts. 

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“This set of iPad Pros will be accessible to the entirety of the Fine Arts Department at James Caldwell High School. Students in Draw/Paint/Design (DPD), Digital Photography, Computer Graphics, Ceramics, Art History and any future programs can implement the applications into the curriculum. While students in DPD may use them to do elaborate paintings in Procreate one day, Digital Photography students may create multi-layered photo collages in Affinity Photo the next.”

According to the art department, these iPads will be utilized by hundreds of students who will take drawing and painting classes as well as Computer Graphics classes for many years to come.

Caldwell-West Caldwell Education Foundation's mission is to raise funds for programs that benefit all children in the Caldwell-West Caldwell school district in order to help students be successful and exceed all expectations. Funds are raised through various events such as the foundation's fifth annual 5K recently held at James Caldwell High School (JCHS).

Visit https://www.cwcef.org/ to learn more. Click HERE to see more photos from the JCHS Art and Tech Show.