Time to share a great project happening at my school. Firstly, I will state, I had nothing to do with it. The story is contained on the project blog, but in short, it is a Community Art Project. The organising team decided to use the artistic medium of photography as the focus whilst integrating values education into the mix. Community (family) involvement was also a strong target.
Tonight, our students, parents and staff shared an evening of hands-on learning – a minor culmination in the journey of the project. Leading up to this event, the students have had wonderful sessions with a professional photographer (and wonderful teacher), they had learned, practised, modelled and then taught others. Our young students have exhibited remarkable vision incorporating simple lessons and techniques and produced some amazing pieces of art.
The session with parents, challenged the families to bring artefacts that represent their families, and to compose a photograph with this in mind. Tonight was practice night and the families have been sent off with a brief to create their personal family image. These will be shared and celebrated in an art exhibition at the completion of the project.
Our artist-in-residence explained to the parents tonight that photography was an amazing art form as it quite levelling – anyone can create a great photo – regardless of artistic drawing skills or the quality of the camera, the thinking behind the photo is what is important – taking a ‘considered’ image.
A by-product of this project is the increased usage of photography in all areas of the curriculum, and I have the feeling it will be the catalyst for many creative and great learning moments now that it is so entrenched into the thinking of staff and students.
All in all, I came away enthused by the potential of this project and congratulate those who had the vision at the beginning. Looking forward to seeing it flourish, or should I say ‘develop’, No, that would be old-fashioned!