Green Spaces, Wheaton High School

 

“Green Spaces” is an arts-integrated residency led by Teaching Artist Joanne Miller in collaboration with the entire Wheaton High School ESOL teaching team. The project integrates five levels of English language learning curricula with art and photography and is directed exclusively at 300 ESOL students of all language levels to promote the advancement of English language skills and critical-thinking. This cross-curriculum project uses the art of photography to examine land use in the Wheaton community. With over 30 cameras provided by the artist, students examined different aspects of land use in their community while expressing a personal vision through a hands-on creative experience. Students composed an artist statement, and participated in an exhibition at Wheaton High School's in-house gallery. 

 

Photo: ©2017JoanneMiller

Photo: ©2017JoanneMiller

Student Photo: ©2017 Jose Z.

Student Photo: ©2017 Jose Z.

Berries. The food for some animals or the seeds for future berry plants.  I took this photo thinking about those little things which make nature a better place. These purple berries make this photo spectacular art. The colors and the position are perfect. Nature is made up of many little things that are important and beautiful to us.

Student Photo: ©2017 Kevin T.

Student Photo: ©2017 Kevin T.

The purpose of my photo is to show the paradox of delicate nature versus the chaos of city life. It inspires me because it shows how nature can grow anywhere and break through the destruction of human hands. The dandelion represents a wish because if you blow on it your wish will come true. My wish would be to make people have more green thoughts to protect and preserve the earth and all the beautiful things that it keeps.

Student Photo: Erick M.

Student Photo: Erick M.

THE PINE CONE
There was a little pine cone, who at one time had a life and a family just like us.
His father was the Earth and his mom was the tree. One day a strange thing happened when his mother felt something cutting her and she was dying. The little pine cone asked, “Mom, what’s happening?” The weather turned cold and the silent clouds started crying. That’s when the father of the little pine cone was sad and as the mother was being cut, she dropped the little pine cone down to the ground crying, “Help me!” The father wanted everyone to feel the pain of the Earth by crying and angry with the strange thing that killed his wife. The father then began dying just as the little pine cone and his mother did. None of them could speak, walk, or wake up in order to defend their   home.  

I am here to speak for the many trees that are cut every day. The earth is dying as people are destroying it and the trees cannot speak for themselves and say, “Stop!”



 

Wheaton Arts & Culture: Birds of Prey Day

Birds of Prey Day was a huge success. 500 community members came to photograph live birds of Prey in Wheaton's Veterans Park. This event is part of a year-long Arts and Culture series of photography and urban nature programs awarded to Artist Joanne Miller with community partner GreenWheaton by the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County.  Please join us for a future event - all are free and open to the public of all ages.

Photo: ©2016 Celia Herdic

Photo: ©2016 Celia Herdic

Photo: ©2016 Joanne Miller

Photo: ©2016 Joanne Miller

Photo: ©2016 Joanne Miller

Photo: ©2016 Joanne Miller

Photo: ©2016 Joanne Miller

Photo: ©2016 Joanne Miller

This project is supported in part by funding from the Montgomery County Government and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County. Thank you Community Partners: GreenWheaton,  Ritz Camera, Adventures with Raptors and Montgomery Parks.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY GREENFEST: TAKOMA PARK

The Montgomery County GreenFest, an annual public-private partnership is the largest environmental festival in Montgomery County, MD.  The April 30th festival events included a photography workshop exploring urban nature with Artist Joanne Miller and Forest Conservationist Laura Miller of MC Department of Environmental Protection.  Also featured, an outdoor exhibit of over 100 environmental photographs curated by the artist. The photographs were taken by participants of a year-long Wheaton Arts and Culture Grant.

Photo: ©2016 Joanne Miller

Photo: ©2016 Joanne Miller

Photo: ©2016 Joanne Miller

Photo: ©2016 Joanne Miller

Thank you GreenFest and Wheaton Arts and Culture Grant Community Partners for your support. The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, GreenWheaton, Ritz Camera, Montgomery Parks, The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY, IMAGINE=IMAGE

"I see the world as "glass half full". That is what my portrait means to me. No Matter how much rain there is, there's always sun after. My point-of-view is looking up, looking up at the sky, the light, the color, the imagination. Seeing the bright side of everything is my favorite thing about myself."     -Tariq Harris, teen photographer IMAGINE=IMAGE.

Photo: ©2015 Joanne Miller

Photo: ©2015 Joanne Miller

The National Portrait Gallery's IMAGINE=IMAGE Program used the power of portraiture to prompt teens, ages 13-16, to closely examine themselves - who they are and who they aspire to be. Using point and shoot cameras provided by artist Joanne Miller, the teens explored image-making by creating a portrait that reflects key aspects of what makes them who they are.  The final portraits incorporated techniques and ideas seen in portraits at NPG such as symbolism, lighting and background.

 Portraiture takes into account the sitter, artist and audience.  Planning the portrait was an individual decision.  Some teens brought objects representing hobbies and talents.  They were eager for friends and family to view them in a new light.  However, teens worked in pairs to create their final portrait.  Their success was based on the trust they developed over the course of the program. The program culminated with an exhibition in the courtyard.

Photo: ©2015 Brittany Cole

Photo: ©2015 Brittany Cole

"The artist statements I read today made me feel strongly about the value of art for our kids.  The kids clearly felt comfortable to express themselves because they were allowed to think about themselves at an age where kids are being told how to look, dress and what to think...the program gave them a safe place to feel, shoot pictures and say out loud how they wanted to be identified"                      -Shannon McGrail, parent

Photo: ©2015 Brittany Cole

Photo: ©2015 Brittany Cole

 


Brookland Summer Photo Camp 2013

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PHOTO CAMP VISITS THE U. S. CAPITOL AND SMITHSONIAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY.



Photo: ©2013 Joanne Miller

Photo: ©2013 Joanne Miller

U.S. Capitol ceiling,  Student Photo: ©2013 Stacy McName

U.S. Capitol ceiling,  Student Photo: ©2013 Stacy McName

Insect Zoo, Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Student Photo: ©2013 Antania Jackson

Insect Zoo, Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Student Photo: ©2013 Antania Jackson

Insect Zoo, Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Student Photo: ©2013 Olivia Edmonds

Insect Zoo, Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Student Photo: ©2013 Olivia Edmonds

Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

Photography, Land Use and the Community 2010-2013

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This "Photography and Land Use" residency offered Watkins Mill High School students an opportunity to focus their lens on a social issue of our time: Land Use in Our Community. In collaboration with Modern World History teachers James Torrence and Bryan Clark, class discussion highlighted history and social context of environmental and human needs in their community.   An invaluable experience for students to understand how humans have interacted with their environment to create neighborhoods, and examine how the changes that take place over time impact their lives.  Photography provided an opportunity to view their community with an artistic eye.

Student photo: © Kenny Mumford

Student photo: © Kenny Mumford

Student photo: © Gonzalo Quevedo

Student photo: © Gonzalo Quevedo

Student photo: © Chris Hunter

Student photo: © Chris Hunter

Student photo: © Walter Alvarado

Student photo: © Walter Alvarado

Student photo: © Daniel Upson

Student photo: © Daniel Upson

Artists and Scholars in the Community, AHCMC 2013

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Photo: ©2013 Joanne Miller

Photo: ©2013 Joanne Miller

This hands-on " Winter Photography and Nature Program" offered students creative experiences in nature during the winter season.  With a camera provided for each student by the artist, participants explored three outdoor environments: Seneca State Park, Butler's Orchard and the creeks and fields behind their apartment complex. Each environment provided opportunities for new photographic vision - farm/agriculture, untouched beauty of lakes and trails at a state park and suburban nature in their own backyard.

Each session began with a group discussion about nature and the language of art.  After learning new camera skills and photographing outdoors, students returned to the community center, uploaded images to computers and were guided by Ms. Miller  to view their work with an artistic eye, emphasizing their personal vision. Students created hand-made books with prints of their favorite images.  Art, photography and nature connections were intertwined throughout this program. 

Funding for this programs was generously provided by an Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County "Artists and Scholars in the Community Grant" and the Community Services Foundation. 

Photo: ©2013 Joanne Miller

Photo: ©2013 Joanne Miller

Photo: ©2013 Joanne Miller

Photo: ©2013 Joanne Miller

Photo: ©2013 Joanne Miller

Photo: ©2013 Joanne Miller

Photo: ©2013 Joanne Miller

Photo: ©2013 Joanne Miller

Photo: ©2013 Joanne Miller

Photo: ©2013 Joanne Miller

Photo: © 2013 Joanne Miller

Photo: © 2013 Joanne Miller

Student photo: ©2013 Kirubel Tegenu

Student photo: ©2013 Kirubel Tegenu

Photo: ©2013 Joanne Miller

Photo: ©2013 Joanne Miller

Photo: ©2013 Joanne Miller

Photo: ©2013 Joanne Miller

Photo: ©2013 Joanne Miller

Photo: ©2013 Joanne Miller

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