Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Portrait Lessons

As you may have read in earlier posts, I work with a group of 5th graders each year, teaching them photography skills. These lessons are usually related to something they are studying, but currently we are actually working on "portraits."

The students are matched with seniors at the area senior center each spring, and they play games and cards and have lunch together. It's a great experience for both age groups. The classroom teacher and I decided that maybe they should learn a bit about portraiture, and take pictures of each of the seniors, with their "junior" from the elementary school. It hasn't been decided if the photos will be given as part of Grandparents day or a general "thank you" at the end of their time together.

What a hoot. One of the days we practiced the portraiture lesson, we set up a small back drop (too small) in the classroom and had students practice on each other. The lesson was on photos in which there were multiple people, and the students had a blast.


There are limitations, of course, when you have small spaces and limited equipment, but I think they're ready for their first session taking photos of the seniors, which is Friday of this week. Look for updates after that!

6 comments:

Barefoot from Heaven said...

Oh I believe it's hard when one pays attention to what you do. I love to take shots like this when the object doesn't know I'm shooting. But great idea's. Thanks. Dagmar

Debbie said...

I love the portrait of the 3 boys. Great job - looked like loads of fun too.

S. Etole said...

what a great project ... looking forward to more

Traci said...

Kuddos to you for sharing your time and talents! Looks like they had some interesting ideas for their portraits, too!

Sandy K. said...

The classroom teacher had been talking about how young, socially, the students are. This actually works as an advantage here, as they are not self-conscious and still love trying things. Ah, to be young and innocent again.

Jg. for FatScribe said...

really, very nice, Ms. Sandy K. I love students learning such a great talent that they will enjoy into their 90's!