I have spent the past two weeks with some really incredible kids.
which one is the teacher?
Rose, 6th grade
Jasmine, 8th grade
Kennan, 6th grade
Valentina, 7th grade
Experiences that nourish children's creative thinking skills are at serious risk in the Florida school system, as budgets for Art Education have been drastically cut and are expected to be worse for 2010. How do we fix this? With a stimulus of creative people!
As you already know from this blog, I love photography! I see it as a powerful tool that keeps us aware of our surroundings and ourselves through exploration and experience. Not to mention that it has become a more accessible technology that is easy to learn. Therefore, it can be used as means to get kids to actively explore the world around them and express themselves. I know I am not alone in this endeavor. There are several organizations out there that believe in this too. And so we start local...
A few months ago I approached my friend Refmann, who is a middle school history teacher in Orange county, FL, and asked him if he thought his kids would be into a photography workshop that would teach them how to create a visual narrative using photos. He replied "that sounds really cool" and with his amazing support for the project, the first Photography As A Sixth Sense Workshop came to fruition. I had the pleasure of spending time with a group of middle schoolers who proved to be enthusiastic learners and immensely creative young photographers. I wanted the workshop to go on another two weeks and I think they did too : ) Above are a few of my favorite photos from each student. I will have a website up next week with the complete narratives.
If you are interested in learning more about this project or have info to share about similar projects, please email me firstname.lastname@example.org
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