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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