SchoolArts Magazine

January 2015

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30 SchoolArts Elementary Studio Lesson their own ideas and to be confident in approaching their subjects. The main theme was "A Day in the Life of Me." From their collection of images, prints were made and books were stitch- bound during their last class. Every student was engaged in the process, and there was no need to have to convince them that the project was interesting or fun. Theodore Mol- lano, age ten, said he "just winged it" the day he took his pictures at home. He laid out his pic- tures in order, one taken of him eating his cereal at breakfast, another build- ing a fort with his friends. He used the self-timer on his family's camera to take a picture of himself reading on the couch, and another while he working photographer was invited to help students recognize that "snap- ping photos" is an artistic process. A Day in the Life of Me The project began with a show-and- tell exhibition. Most elementary students had never seen actual film before, so when they were shown a roll of developed film, one student proudly stated "I saw this in a museum once!" Next, students were introduced to pho- tographic techniques and the history of photography. Students were then set free to begin capturing, discussing, and displaying their own images. With simple instruction, students only needed encouragement to explore L earning to See is a school and community project in which participants learn the art of photography. The program takes place over several days, and any- where from a dozen to several hundred students have participated. When viewed as a collection, the images created during this project become a public photographic record of a com- munity's environment and culture. Learning to See During a Learning to See program at the Hopkinton Elementary Schools in Contoocook, New Hampshire, 135 students spent twelve class periods learning to express themselves and document their surroundings. The goal was for students to not just learn how to operate a camera, but to think about what matters to them at home and in their day-to-day routines. A A DAY IN THE LIFE OF Kim Emmerson and Nancy Grace Horton ME The goal was for students to not just learn how to operate a camera, but to think about what matters to them at home and in their day-to-day routines.

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