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.