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.