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Fun with Photography – Day 2

In day 2 of our half term Fun With Photography course, with photographic artist Marysa Dowling we looked at manipulating images by hand, playing with scale and composition.

To see day one’s activities click here.

We looked at some interesting archive images, sourced from the internet and imagined ourselves within the scene.

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We drew some quick sketches of how we would like to change the image and add ourselves.


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We then made more props to use in a photograph. I was amazed at how inventive the children were with just a few basic materials.

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We used our props to photograph ourselves in our very own studio.

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We printed the images then played with scale using the ‘selphy printer’ and the photocopier.

DSC_0053 DSC_0054Cutting up our photographs and placing them within the archive images created some hilarious results. Can you spot the changes we made? Look closely!

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The younger children were also busy thinking about character and pose. These activities were developed by Sabrina Smith-Noble with inspiration from Anna Linch’s resource for Access Art Putting You in the Picture

They used props and costumes to dress up and role play characters, playing with their identity.DSC_0017 DSC_0018 DSC_0022 DSC_0033

They then visited the studio with the older children and worked with them to develop their character further. The older children took great pleasure in guiding their apprentices and sharing their new photography skills.DSC_0059 DSC_0064 DSC_0065

Older children took their place behind the camera, directing younger ones into interesting poses.DSC_0071 DSC_0075 DSC_0077

Helping them with costume choices…

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They did a good job I think…some future photographers in our midst.

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Back in the classroom they experimented with framing and taking close up portraits.DSC_0171 DSC_0210 DSC_0214 IMG_0837DSC_0215 DSC_0221

They also looked at sequencing a series of images…


and developing their story, by photographing a model in different scenario’s

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Finally we all came together to create an exhibition for our parents. It was amazing to see how productive we had been and to see each others work together.DSC_0242 DSC_0245 DSC_0252 DSC_0253

I think our parents were pleased!



Hope to see some of you back for our  Easter Holiday Course.

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