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Wednesday, April 22 • 8:30am - 10:30am
Learning to See: Renovating the Asheville High School Photo Club to Improve Learning and Sustainability

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While documents and art are limited in their ability to encompass the other’s properties, often leaving documents devoid of interest and art devoid of fact, photographs can encompass both sides becoming an incredibly powerful tool for social change. Photographs can be both visually arousing and factually evident (in so far as they portray the photographer’s interpretation of the action.) For this reason, I believe it is important to expose students to the nuanced techniques and capabilities of photography. For the past three years I have worked with the Asheville High School student-begun photo club creating some basic digital assignments. This year, my community partner Kristina Shriver – the photo club faculty sponsor – and I introduced alternative analog processes such as pinhole cameras and cyanotypes. Through these projects,  the students explored principles such as line, composition, and exposure time as well as the relationship between an interconnected person, place, and thing (the title of our end of the year photo show.) I also curated a gallery show so that the students could gain exposure for their work. Finally, I created various promotional tools (posters, a website) and an instructional binder of such tools, assignment worksheets, and gallery contact information to promote sustainability of the club. This presentation explores the process of reevaluating the goals of the club, what we did to ensure progress, the difficulties in doing both tasks, and ultimately the benefit to the school and art communities. 

Wednesday April 22, 2015 8:30am - 10:30am PDT
Wilma Sherrill Center Concourse