For the first time in 16 years, Albany International Airport has a new coloring book for its youngest travelers to enjoy during their visit.
For two years, Shaker High School Computer Graphics students worked with art teacher, Mr. Aubin to create the images, making multiple trips to the airport, sometimes taking a seat on the ground in order to view the scenery from a child’s level. The 20-page coloring book features noteworthy scenes that young travelers will witness or encounter while flying from Albany International Airport and will be distributed to student tour groups that visit the airport.
“This project has given our students a great opportunity to see how what they’re learning in my Computer Graphics class can be applied to the real world,” said Aubin. “The collaboration between the school district and the airport has been a positive experience for students, who’ve been able to share their talent not only with their community, but with all of the young travelers that will come through the airport in the coming years.”
The coloring book contains images of the airport’s ticketing area, information desk, TSA checkpoint, airport fire department, an Albany County Sheriff’s patrol car, boarding areas, aircraft, and the air traffic control tower. The final page features a list of all of the Shaker High art students that participated in the development of the coloring book.
“This project enabled Shaker art students to create a viable commercial publication from conception all the way to the finished product,” said Rev. Kenneth Doyle, Chairman of the Albany County Airport Authority.
“Mr. Aubin is to be applauded for bringing this career relevant project to our students, and for the follow through it required to see it to completion,” added Shaker Art Department Supervisor, Anne Manzella.
To officially unveil the coloring book, 300 copies were delivered to Blue Creek elementary students on June 19. The books will be placed in the airport this month.
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