This weekend I spent Friday afternoon teaching a group of 10 students from Drake about photography. The group was very interested in using photography to create art. Drake does not teach photography - which I am surprised by because of their big graphic design program. I was really happy they had a very large and well-equipped mac lab!
On Friday afternoon after listening to a short powerpoint lecture, the students took their digital cameras out to explore and "map" the neighborhood surrounding the campus. Heather Skeens (gallery curator) and I went out and shot photographs too. Wow! I loved what I found!
About 4pm we met in the mac lab and downloaded images and began our editing and prepping - then printed onto 8x10 photo paper. Saturday morning at 9am we all met at the Weeks Gallery to hang our work. One image led to the next and we mapped our way - Heather commented it felt and looked like a Scrabble game. Much like a scrabble game we linked images visually and used the entire wall. It is a beautiful wall of wonderful work! "Mapping the Neighborhood" will be up through October 12th.
Thank you again for your support of my project! Doing this workshop was another way to encourage people to use their cameras creatively. If your group is interested in such a workshop - just send me an email!