Something that many people don’t consider when they are thinking of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) aspects of the Walt Disney Company, is the impact of art on these projects.
Creativity and Imagination Among Diverse Talents Of An Imagineer
Art and design are the backbone of these great innovations that we love so much at Disney World and the various Disney theme parks and resorts worldwide.
A member of the Walt Disney Communications team even went as far as sharing just how big of an effect that art has on the Disney Imagineering department with tips from Imagineers themselves.
Disney Imagineers Share Art Tips
Firstly, Disney refers to the sphere of different innovative disciplines as STEAM, not STEM. The acronym STEAM, adds in Art as a key area of focus in Disney’s Imagineering team, alongside science, technology, engineering and math.
The following three STEAM tips focus distinctly on the importance of art in their creative process and are quotes directly from real Disney imagineers! How cool is that?
Tip 1: Take Time To Develop and Perfect Your Hand-Drawing Skills
“Lyndsey Vincent, a senior interior designer, said, ‘With all the great technology out there today, it can be tempting to start design sitting at your screen, but you’ll be surprised how putting pen to paper changes the way you think about your design. Having a hand-drawing to review often solicits great feedback in early phases of design as the looseness of the drawing communicates the intent, but leaves room for other ideas to emerge. Having good hand-drawing skills also will be a stand-out factor in your portfolio for those getting ready to apply to college or jobs.’”
Tip 2: Recharge Mentally By Taking Time To Study Great Art
“Visual Effects Designer Matthew Schoepf said, ‘Creating art and media for theme parks and attractions requires a high level of technical execution and planning. To stimulate creative thinking, it’s important for me to find that quiet time between tasks or in the early morning or evening to research something I’m personally curious about, and study it to make sure I’m growing as an artist. I would encourage students to recharge mentally by taking time to study great art from our past, from color and light in traditional landscape paintings to artists whose anatomy studies and sculptures are widely available online. You don’t need to be an ‘exceptional’ artist. It just takes a pencil, a piece of paper and curiosity to get started.’”
Tip 3: Remember That Inventing Is An Iterative Art
“Lanny Smoot, a Disney Research Fellow, advised, ‘If you want something that doesn’t exist in this world yet, think of what it would be like to have it, and then think about how you could cause it to happen. Learn as much as you can about ways to cause your vision to come true. For example, see how others may have approached what you want to do. I am always curious and wonder whether things that haven’t been done could be done, and if things that are being done could be done in better, or different, ways.’”
Is it your dream to work alongside some of the Disney “greats” on the imagineering team? I used to dream of what it would be like to go to work every day as a Walt Disney Imagineer. It’s an amazing job with such a positive impact on each Disney park and resort. You’re truly the minds behind designing Disney.
So if this sounds like something that you want to do, it will start with hard work. My tip to you is to learn from the best in Disney Imagineering. Study these art tips above and stay tuned for further tips on the rest of the STEAM disciplines from more Imagineers, coming soon!
Are you a Disney fan that wants to work towards becoming a Disney Imagineer?