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> Every year we do a different "genuine art" project with the kids. This
> year's medium is Photography.
This year I am using a fundamental theme throughout the year for all of my
classes. I'm going to make this one "Self-Portrait". We're going to approach
the subject of "Self" as a developing, spiralling entity which at the core is
ourselves as individual, and which spins outward to include the community in
which we live, and further to the community in which we have no direct
knowledge (and in which we would make no direct contact.)
I am still unprepared to teach silver-nitrate photography darkroom
techniques, so I am going to the site council to ask for funds to buy enough
disposable cameras for an at-home project, patterned after a project made
many years ago in Ukiah called the People's Portrait, in which cameras were
given to members of a community who wanted to participate. They took pictures
of their neighborhoods, interests, things, landscapes, etc., and after
developing, everyone collected together to develop captioning, titles, and
talk about their experiences (and in the process develop community awareness
and pride.) this makes it especially good for classroom use.
The school community then will become part of this program when I mount a
display in the quad with matted photographs--maybe some will be scanned and
printed larger--these things develop according to their own innate
needs--ain't that the fun part of our job?
Kinder kids might be wonderful at this. I encourage you to "let'em have it!"
Tom in Potter
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