Brookland Summer Photo Camp 2012

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Thank you Community Services Foundation for your generous support. 

 Photo: ©2012 Joanne Miller

Photo: ©2012 Joanne Miller

 Student photo: ©2012 Devin Moore

Student photo: ©2012 Devin Moore

 Student photo: ©2012 Dauqwan Gates

Student photo: ©2012 Dauqwan Gates

 Student photo: ©2012 Denver Moore

Student photo: ©2012 Denver Moore

 Student photo: ©2009 Valencia Nelson

Student photo: ©2009 Valencia Nelson

 Photo: ©2009 Joanne Miller

Photo: ©2009 Joanne Miller

 Student photo: ©2012 Alphonso Horton

Student photo: ©2012 Alphonso Horton

 Photo: ©2012 Joanne Miller

Photo: ©2012 Joanne Miller

Case Study: PhotoKids 2012

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Ten middle school students from a local public housing community spent their summer vacation learning about teamwork, nature and art with environmental photographer Joanne Miller.  Together, Miller and the children photographed farms, wild rivers, and butterfly gardens.  Each child made dozens of beautiful photographs.

 Photo: ©2012 Joanne Miller

Photo: ©2012 Joanne Miller

 Photo: ©2012 Joanne Miller

Photo: ©2012 Joanne Miller

 Photo: ©2012 Joanne Miller

Photo: ©2012 Joanne Miller

 Photo: ©2012 Joanne Miller

Photo: ©2012 Joanne Miller

 Photo: ©2012 Joanne Miller

Photo: ©2012 Joanne Miller

"Many of our youth were just introduced to art and found that they could create masterpieces.  We want to help them to identify their talents and determine what career they want to pursue.  PhotoKids gave them the opportunity to learn a new skill and share their gift.  Thank you AHCMC and the Montgomery County Employee Giving Campaign for supporting PhotoKids" - Angela Bowen, President & CEO, Community Services Foundation

 Photo: ©2012 Joanne Miller

Photo: ©2012 Joanne Miller

 Photo: ©2012 Joanne Miller

Photo: ©2012 Joanne Miller

 Photo: ©2012 Joanne Miller

Photo: ©2012 Joanne Miller

 Photo: ©2012 Joanne Miller

Photo: ©2012 Joanne Miller

 Photo: ©2012 Joanne Miller

Photo: ©2012 Joanne Miller

Washingtonian Center Features Eco Art 2012

Community Partnerships Support Students: Focus on Photography and Nature

 Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) announces the opening of a display of nature photographs and collages on Saturday, June 9 at an opening reception between 1:30 and 2:30 PM.  The works exhibited were created by students at Gaithersburg Elementary School during photography and nature programs led by teaching artist Joanne Miller.  Washingtonian Center, owned and managed by The Peterson Companies, is graciously hosting the exhibition in one of their retail window display areas.

 Gaithersburg Elementary Principal Stephanie Brant and students. Photo: ©2012 Joanne Miller

Gaithersburg Elementary Principal Stephanie Brant and students. Photo: ©2012 Joanne Miller

“Photography is one of the best ways to introduce children to nature,” says environmental photographer Joanne Miller.  “Many of the students at Gaithersburg Elementary School had very little experience in nature, so this was a new and wonderful experience for them, an experience that taught them observational skills while meeting science curriculum objectives.” In collaboration with the fourth grade teachers, Ms. Miller led an in-school arts integration residency supported by a grant from AHCMC.  In this program, students went on a photographic journey that integrated art, science and technology.  Ms. Miller provided 30 digital cameras to the students who photographed the nature on school property and model ecosystems comprised of mammals, insects, plants and water elements to reinforce principles of the science and art curriculum and to develop an understanding of relationships in an ecosystem. Art teachers Susan Knutson and Patricia Kennedy collaborated in guiding students to communicate their personal vision though photographic collage. Learned art and computer skills offered an opportunity for creative expression with first-hand exposure to the world of nature.

 Photo: ©2012 Joanne Miller

Photo: ©2012 Joanne Miller

 Photo: ©2012 Joanne Miller

Photo: ©2012 Joanne Miller



 
In addition to the in-school program, Ms. Miller also led a nine-week after school photography and nature program managed by Identity, a Gaithersburg-based agency providing programs for Latino youth and families in Montgomery County.  Supported by a partial grant from the City of Gaithersburg and contributions from private donors and partnering with school staff and Linkages to Learning, students explored the visual language of art and photography outdoors on school grounds, in the wildlife habitat of Asbury Methodist Village and at a local farm.  Emphasis was placed on the value of personal creative vision, positive self esteem and respect for the natural environment. Students created a final photographic hand-made book and exhibition prints.
 
For this exhibition, Miller and her partners secured space at Washingtonian Center with the help of the Peterson Companies and GreenKids at the Audubon Naturalist Society.  “GreenKids is thrilled to co-present ECO Art from the students at Gaithersburg Elementary School and artist-in-residence Joanne Miller at Washingtonian Center in Gaithersburg,” says GreenKids spokesperson Katrina E. Kugel.

“We are thrilled to provide talented and knowledgeable teaching artists like Joanne Miller to area schools for arts integrated residencies,” says Suzan Jenkins, AHCMC’s CEO. 

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Gaithersburg Elementary 2012

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"Ms. Miller's program successfully brought awareness of human impact on the environment to my students.  They were able to visually communicate relationships in nature and influence their surroundings."  "Trish Kennedy MCPS Art Teacher

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In collaboration with the fourth grade teachers, Joanne led an in-school arts integration residency supported by a grant from AHCMC.  In this program, students went on a photographic journey that integrated art, science and technology.  Ms. Miller provided 30 digital cameras to the students who photographed the nature on school property and model ecosystems comprised of mammals, insects, plants and water elements to reinforce principles of the science and art curriculum and to develop an understanding of relationships in an ecosystem. Art teachers Susan Knutson and Patricia Kennedy collaborated in guiding students to communicate their personal vision though photographic collage. Learned art and computer skills offered an opportunity for creative expression with first-hand exposure to the world of nature.

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Rolling Terrace Elementary 2011

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Photography, Art and the Ecosystem 4th Grade Arts Integrated Residency

 Photo: ©2011 Joanne Miller

Photo: ©2011 Joanne Miller

"This fantastic program developed students creative and critical thinking skills."
Elizabeth Leighton, MCPS Art Teacher

 Student photo:  ©2011 Faisal Khan

Student photo:  ©2011 Faisal Khan

 Student Photo: ©2011 Lucas Neiman

Student Photo: ©2011 Lucas Neiman

 Student photo: ©2011 Madelyn McLaughlin

Student photo: ©2011 Madelyn McLaughlin

"My favorite part of my ecosystem project was model ecosystems because I could see a whole new world.  The most interesting part was being able to see the world from a different angle because it was fascinating to see this.  And I learned so many things like how to compose a photo."  Yenny Giron, 4th grade

 Student photo: ©2011 Roman Kassaraba

Student photo: ©2011 Roman Kassaraba

 Student Exhibit

Student Exhibit

Emory Grove Community Garden Project 2011

 Photo:  ©2011 Joanne Miller

Photo:  ©2011 Joanne Miller

 Isiah Leggett and Rev. Tim Warner  Photo: ©2011 Joanne Miller

Isiah Leggett and Rev. Tim Warner  Photo: ©2011 Joanne Miller

 Community members break ground. Photo: ©2011 Joanne Miller

Community members break ground. Photo: ©2011 Joanne Miller

Family Photography Workshop and Harvest Celebration in the Emory Grove Community Garden from Gaithersburg's Neighborhood Opportunity Network...

 Photo: ©2011 Carolyn Camacho

Photo: ©2011 Carolyn Camacho

 Student photo: ©2011 Jenny Briceno

Student photo: ©2011 Jenny Briceno

 Photo: ©2011 Joanne Miller

Photo: ©2011 Joanne Miller

Day 1:  Saturday, September 17: Family Photography Workshop with artist Joanne Miller
Photography in the garden, each participant received a CD of photographs and one print to exhibit at Sunday's Harvest Celebration.

 
Day 2: Sunday, September 18: Harvest Celebration - community potluck. Photography exhibit will be on display in the pavilion.

 Student photo: ©2011 Diann Waters

Student photo: ©2011 Diann Waters

 Student photo: ©2011 Samara Veliz

Student photo: ©2011 Samara Veliz

 Student photo: ©2011 Melany Rodas

Student photo: ©2011 Melany Rodas

 Student photo: ©2011 Katherine Rodas

Student photo: ©2011 Katherine Rodas

 Photo: ©2011 Joanne Miller

Photo: ©2011 Joanne Miller

"Family Photography Workshop and Harvest Celebration in the Emory Grove Community Garden" was supported by Family Services, Inc. and a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council.

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Georgetown University Hospital "The Chaplains" 2011

For the Chaplains of Georgetown University Hospital, this Arts and Healing Project was an invitation to take a break from their busy day and photograph moments of beauty and reflection on the hospital campus.  Curiosity begins as a place of departure.  The journey is as individual as each of us.  The process can be transformative and healing as creative expression evolves.
This experience held surprise for the chaplains as they saw their surroundings in a new light.  When asked to create a lasting image, taking time to photograph provided the opportunity to explore, feel emotion and wonder, reflect and offer inspiration by looking at the familiar in a new way.  Their photographs and reflections share a paused moment.  Photographs are on exhibit in the Atrium Gallery in the Lombardi Center.

 Photo: ©2011 Chaplain Answai T. White, B.S., MDiv

Photo: ©2011 Chaplain Answai T. White, B.S., MDiv

"The Rose"

I have dreamed many dreams that never came true, I have seen them all fade away at dawn.  But I have realized enough of my dreams and thanking God, to make me want to  dream on.  I have prayed many prayers, but no answers came, though I waited so patiently and long. But enough answers came to many of my prayers to keep me on my knees.  I have trusted a few friends who failed, and left me to cry alone, But I have found a friend to be true, that makes me keep trusting on. I have scattered many seeds that fell by the way for the birds to feast upon, but I still have many precious seeds in my hands To make me keep sowing.  I have drank the cup of disappointment and pain, and gone many days without a thought or song, but I have sipped enough of the sweet nectar from the rose of life, to make me want to live on. 

 Photo: ©2011 Chaplain Answai T. White, B.S., MDiv

Photo: ©2011 Chaplain Answai T. White, B.S., MDiv

"Leap of Faith" 
Taking a Leap of Faith requires trust in the Universe, and trust in yourself!
Taking a courageous leap of faith can lead to the best adventures of your life.
Reject fear, embraces exhilaration!
Know that you will be guided by your instincts and energy from the Universe.
When you take that leap of faith, your heart and mind become clear and you body becomes healthy.
Nothing will stand in your way.  Your path is wide open, your journey is filled with love.
Your world becomes fresh and exciting.  While ignoring others negative energy and embracing only the positive!
This enables you to find your heart's desire as you enjoy each leap toward your destiny.
Seek what you desire, learn from each step and leap with love and trust in yourself.

Smithsonian/MD Humanities Council "Between Fences" 2011

Watkins Mill High School students participate in "Photography, Land Use and Community",
a pilot program with artist /photographer Joanne Miller.
Select photographs are included in "Between Fences" an exhibit located in the Betty Mae Kramer Gallery, Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza, March 11 - May 1, 2011

 Student photo: ©2011 Andres Camacho

Student photo: ©2011 Andres Camacho

"Between Fences", a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition that explores the multiple meanings of fences in American culture. "Good Neighbors", an exhibit that looks at fences, yards, lawns, parks and land use in Montgomery County, created by the Montgomery County Historical Society. Made possible in Maryland by the Maryland Humanities Council. 

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Potomac Elementary Arts Integration Residency 2010

Artist-in-Residence, Joanne Miller worked with fifth grade students at Potomac Elementary, incorporating photography, science and haiku poetry.  Students learned about photography and the language of art.  They learned about telling stories with a photograph, the importance of light and color, feelings and emotions, zooming in and out of a scene, a "birds-eye-view", changing perspective, how to compose an image, and looking for beauty in the details.  Each child learned basic techniques with the digital camera.

 Student Photo: ©2010 Matthew Yu

Student Photo: ©2010 Matthew Yu

 Student photo: ©2010 Emily Stein

Student photo: ©2010 Emily Stein

 Student Photo: ©2010 Lauren Weaver

Student Photo: ©2010 Lauren Weaver

 Student Photo: ©2010 Mma Ngwu

Student Photo: ©2010 Mma Ngwu

 Student photo: ©2010 Nadia Hedayat

Student photo: ©2010 Nadia Hedayat