Today is another exciting day in the history of the Evolution of Art series. It's what this series is all about... encouraging new and evolving artists. What can be more fitting with that mission than an exhibiting photographs by local high school students?
This exhibition showcases the work of JEB Stuart High School photography students, giving a snapshot of the diverse approaches these students take. Students enrolled in photography at JEB Stuart are taught an array of photographic skills that combine digital and traditional processes. The program begins by introducing students to darkroom black-and-white photography in which students learn to use a manual 35mm camera to shoot, process, and print their own negatives by hand. In addition, students explore digital photography, Adobe Photoshop, and alternative processes such as pinhole photography. More than just providing technical skills, however, the faculty at JEB Stuart teaches students to use the camera to critically examine their world and to create photographs that are visually and conceptually interesting.
Students are exposed to the work of historical and contemporary photography and are prompted to engage in today’s photographic discourse. The photography program at JEB Stuart encourages students to develop the critical thinking skills needed to navigate our complex visual culture, empower them with the ability to respond to their experiences and the experiences of others, and prompt them to re-imagine the world as perceptive and socially responsible individuals. As the photographer Dorothea Lange once said, “The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.”
More than 125 students are enrolled in beginner, intermediate, and advanced photography courses at JEB Stuart, and that number is expected to grow to more than 150 students in the coming school year. Courses are taught by Charles Agel, Allison Dreon, Laura Muiznieks, and Kate Wallestad.
Students whose work appears in this exhibit:
What a joy to see such talent and creativity on display!
Fresh Eyes is on display through April 30, 2011.
Join us for an artist reception on Sunday, April 10, 2011 from 2-4pm. It's a wonderful opportunity to meet these young artists and find out what inspires them as artists!
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