Photographic artist Marysa Dowling spent the first day of our half term course exploring composition, framing, movement, emotion, storytelling, lighting and the use of props.
The first half of this post will focus on the 7-12 age group…so scroll down if you are more interested in the under 6 age group.
Marysa began with an introduction to her own practice to give the children some ideas for their own work.
We then looked at and discussed our images on the big screen and in smaller printouts.
After lunch we began to make props to use in our next round of photographs. Its amazing what we came up with using a few sheets of paper, card and a variety of tapes!
I think our first attempts were stunning…young people portraying themselves confidently with such a positive self image.
The younger children were exploring what it meant to make a portrait, beginning with making frames and drawing themselves with special objects. They used the frames to take photographs of themselves.
We also looked at some artists who painted and photographed portraits.
We practiced photographing our character.
Then took it for a little walk and photographed it in different situations, starting to tell a story.
Here are a selection of our photographs. You can just see this one perched on a precipice! We then made some portraits of our own using oil pastels, adding objects that said something about ourselves. We will develop these portraits into photographs tomorrow using the studio equipment. We will dress up and make and use props to make a great portrait.