Its workshop activities are inspired by vintage media arts technologies; creating opportunities for students to explore how changes in technology impact ways that people receive, understand, use and share information.
The first HPS after school workshop series titled, “Explore Photography” occured during the fall of 2016 at Hillsdale Preparatory School. A total of 28 students in grades K-5 participated in hands-on projects that:
- Nurtured their curiosity about how cameras work
- Introduced students to early inventors of photographic processes
- Encouraged creative experimentation with materials and processes that were completely new to the students
- And introduced basic visual design principles used to communicate ideas
Students also learned about master photographers throughout the medium’s history and studied some famous photographs.
A second workshop series happened in the spring of 2017 for Hillsdale Preparatory students in grades K-5; and separately in grades 6-8. This second series focused on unique ways that photography allows us to see the world (paper negative photography, stop motion photography, and stereographic photography).
This past summer I taught a third free workshop series at the Hillsdale Community Library called, “Picturing Place”. It was part of the summer reading program events and explored ways that photographs contribute to our understanding and memory of place.
Workshops for 2018 will focus on letterpress printmaking and will begin in the spring.
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