Above, sophomore Daniel DePaz experiments with a Cintiq Drawing Tablet donated by Nickelodeon Animation Studios.

Mastering technical skills is one component of the career-focused Linked Learning pathway.

Mastering technical skills is one component of the career-focused Linked Learning pathway.

By Esther Soliman
Linked Learning Administrator

Nickelodeon Animation Studios recently sent one of its top artists, along with more than two dozen high-tech gizmos, to Augustus Hawkins High, where students in the Critical Design and Gaming School (C:\DAGS) got to try their hand at creating cartoon images of their own.


Linked Learning pathways enroll 16,000 L.A. Unified students, including these at the Critical Design and Gaming School at Augustus Hawkins High.

Pablo Smith, Nickelodeon’s animation director, joined Nickelodeon’s Carson Smith and Omar Haro as they donated 20 Wacom Cintiq Drawing Tablets and 10 CG Technology machines to the career-focused Linked Learning pathway at Hawkins. Smith led two tutorials on the Cintiq tablets, showing students how to create and animate SpongeBob SquarePants and other popular animated characters that students called out. He even coached several students as they created animated characters of their own, using the new Cintiq Drawing Tablets.

Linked Learning combines rigorous academics, career-technical education and real-world experience in an approach that brings heightened relevance to learning. Hawkins is one of 30 high schools that offer 38 Linked Learning pathways, which include agriculture and natural resources, information technology and business and finance.

Students from C:\DAGS – which participate in the arts, media and entertainment pathway – will be visiting Nickelodeon Studios in the spring semester and they are thrilled with their new Nickelodeon partners.

They also confirmed that Spongebob Squarepants has not been canceled.