In addition to teaching workshops with the Louisville Photo Biennial this past fall, I also had the pleasure of working with LVA and their Open Door Features at Home of The Innocents. During the Photo Time Machine Workshop I got to take students through the history of photography working with cyanotypes, polaroids, disposal and digital cameras as well as image transfers! Anyone who really knows me, knows that this workshop is right up my alley with my love for alternative processing, toy and instant cameras! When showing them my grandfather’s old Minolta SLR, my Polaroid SX 70 and collection of plastic Holgas, they got so excited…opening up the camera body was totally new for them! You forget growing up in the pre-digitalization era that most kids today have never seen film being loaded into a camera. It was fun watching them freak out when shooting with disposal cameras, having no idea what they are capturing without an LCD screen!
Every session resulted with an actual printed image (even when we worked in digital!!!)…something we lack with easy image capturing of today! I loved introducing Andy Warhol and how he not only used the polaroid camera as a tool for documenting his friends and parties (the original Instagram!), he also used many of these images for his silk screen series. When I brought in the digital cameras, I also taught 5 basic rules for stronger photo composition. What a pleasure it was to see how they incorporate these rules into their photographs! One of the students captured a really nice image of me (which is rare as I am totally UN-photogenic). Great example of shooting with the rule of thirds in mind!
I really loved this teaching gig and it shows in the photograph above! Gotta say that the students really enjoyed these sessions too! The sheer excitement they had in receiving prints from their disposable camera project or seeing their polaroid image develop as they shook it, reinforced the importance of the print in photography.
Thanks to LVA for turning me onto this special opportunity and to all the staff at HOTI for helping making the 8 week experience a success!
Click HERE to read the LVA blog post and see images from this workshop!!
This fall, I had the pleasure of teaching an introduction to digital photography workshop with the Louisville Photo Biennial. The LPB received a Metro External Agency grant enabling educational programming opportunities to 5 underserved community centers in the Louisville Metro area. By the end of the 5th workshop, we educated 40 participants, that ranged in age from 9-18 years, many of whom were quite inspired by the photographic medium, which is really exciting to witness!! Below is an overview mostly in photographs.
A fun element to this workshop was that students made prints of their best work. The following are images that students deemed print worthy.
I loved how candid most students felt in front of the camera! All kinds of poses were struck during these sessions.
In addition to photographing one another, many of the participants loved photographing the staff at the community centers. Big thanks to them for all their help during the workshops!!
For it’s price, ease of use and creative options, the Nikon Coolpix S7000 was a great camera to teach an intro to digital photo class! Mirror mode and Selective Color were two creative modes that got a lot of milage in this series of workshops.
I could not have done all of this without the help of some amazing volunteers. I thank you immensely for giving up your time to assist me during these workshops. Each one was better because of you!!
And BIG thanks to this man, Paul Paletti! An event that started in 1999 with 4 participating galleries, the Louisville Photo Biennial has since grown to encompass 65 exhibitions of work by contemporary photographers. None of this would have been achieved without Paul’s dedicated coordination of the event since 2003. He even brought lunch to each workshop! Thank you Paul!
And no story about a photo workshop is complete without some self-timed group photos!
Big shout out to Murphy’s Camera on Bardstown Road! They were our one stop shop for all cameras, printers, inks and accessories used in the workshops. The staff is super friendly and extremely helpful!! Please support this awesome local business for all your photographic needs!
So grateful for this opportunity! Thanks for reading.
The announcement of receiving an Al Smith Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council, presented an unexpected opportunity that forever altered my life. In the fall of 2013, I accepted the position of Photographer, Artist-in-Residence at St Francis School; where for two years, I taught an elective photography course to high school students. Undertaking the challenge of teaching gave me true perspective on the profession, grounded my knowledge of photography, strengthened my passion for the medium and brought great fulfillment previously unknown to me.
This Fall I moved from the classroom and into the community. It is an honor to announce my involvement with the Louisville Photo Biennial as their Arts Education Coordinator and Photography Workshop Instructor. The LPB received a Metro External Agency grant enabling educational programming opportunities to 5 underserved community centers in the Louisville Metro area. This project is designed to offer youth an introduction to photography and is targeted to middle and high school students. We are bringing in Nikon CoolPix cameras and Canon Pixma printers for these workshops. In addition to teaching basic camera instruction and creative operation, I will address the fundamentals of strong photo composition. The interactive lesson plan culminates in a photo scavenger hunt that challenges participants to think creatively while using particular functions of their cameras.
Stay tuned for an overview of each workshop! If you know of any teens interested in participating in these workshops, please don’t hesitate to contact me.