Monday, 5 December 2011

Photography: Making Visual Connections

My class loves Thursdays. It’s their favourite day of the week.

Thursday is photography day! Errin Gregory, one of my teaching partners, delivers weekly photography lessons. Each class is up to about five digital cameras, though some days even that isn’t enough. Errin has focused the first part of our year on composition and the principles/elements of design. Assignments begin simple, and continue to build on their skill base. Already, my students have a huge collection of digital images that range from assignments such a line, texture, colour and shape to perspective and portraiture. The lessons begin with a sharing out of last week’s photos, instruction on the element or principle they will be working on, and some free shooting time for students. Photography has spread like wildfire at our school; we have an afterschool photography club that is very popular, and students bring in mounds of photos they’ve taken over the weekend.

In the new year, we’ll be delving into photo-editing… can’t wait to see the finished products!

Here's a shot from on of our afterschool photo can do cool things with a great group of kids, flashlights, and a dark gym!

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