Student photo: ©2009 Rodney Brown
Programs can be tailored to meet your curriculum needs. This Residency "A Day in the Life of the Shelter" provided a unique opportunity for D.C. 5th graders to visit the Washington Animal Rescue League, learn about animals and their care, build self-esteem and create compelling photographs all during their school day.
Photo ©2010 Joanne Miller
"Fantastic program...students developed creative and critical thinking skills! They were given the opportunity to see the world in a new way."
Elizabeth Leighton, MCPS Art Teacher
Photography, Nature, Art and the Ecosystem for Elementary Schools
Joanne Miller leads students through a process of discovery. While incorporating the visual language of art and use of a camera as a tool, students communicate their understanding of interdependent relationships in ecosystems. Young artists are guided though the basics of camera use, composition, observation of details and personal point-of-view.
This program is designed to bring the world of nature to the classroom and bring students outside to photograph the natural world. Creative models or mini ecosystems, provided by the artist, comprised of mammals, insects, plants and water elements are used to reinforce principles of the science and art curriculum. With up to 30 digital cameras provided, each student receives hands-on experience.
Students create a final photographic collage demonstrating their understanding of the web of relationships within a habitat or ecosystem. Program and final projects and can be tailored for various grade levels.
Please contact Joanne directly to inquire about scheduling a residency.
Student photo: ©2012 Amy Villatoro
"Joanne created a project that integrated the curriculum seamlessly... my students have benefited tremendously from working with her."
James Torrence, MCPS High School Modern Urban World History Teacher
Photo: ©2012 Goodman/VanRiper
Photography, Land Use and the Community - High School Residency
This residency offers students an opportunity to focus their lens on a social issue of our time - land use in our community. Class discussion highlights history and social context of environmental and human needs in their community. Emphasis is placed on environmental stewardship, artistic communication and personal vision. An invaluable experience for students to understand how humans have interacted with their environment to create neighborhoods and examine how change takes place over time and impacts their lives. Photography provides an opportunity to view their community with an artistic eye.
With up to 30 digital camera's provided, learned photographic skills are then applied outdoors on school grounds. Students create a final matted photographic print, adding observations from their journals. This residency lends itself to collaborative opportunities with Social Studies, History and Art classes at many grade levels.