Photography for Everyone!
Do you remember the excitement you felt as a child taking your first
picture? Or getting your first camera? If you’re like me, your earliest memory of photography instruction from Mom and Dad amounted to something like:
“Don’t waste the film!”
Film is expensive and developing it isn’t any less so. But while saving
a lot of money, this advice doesn’t do much in the way of helping a child learn the joy and skill of photography.
Thanks to digital cameras, photography is much more inviting and easier
to learn. There’s something about cameras that draws kids like a magnet.
Teaching a child how to take pictures could be the spark that starts a
life-long interest. The best way to teach photography to children is with hands-on lessons.
Sitting down to read a complicated manual or long winded book can be
boring and confusing, that’s why our lessons are formulated to include both
theory and practical on a level that will be easily understandable to a young student.
You may dread the day you’ll see crayon marks on the walls of your home, but that may very well be the first indication that your child is the art-sy type, one who enjoys putting colors together, or who can create something wonderful with her hands.
A talent for painting, drawing or photography is easy to spot when they’re young, but even if they aren’t artistically-inclined, joining arts and crafts classes, specifically our photography classes can help kids develop an eye for beauty and enhance their motor skills.
Contact us today if you think your Nursery or Primary school can do with a bit of Fine Motor Skills Tuning.
Creating emotional intelligence, encouraging photographic skills, fine motor development, creative awareness, visual communication and creative stimuli.
THE BENEFITS OF PHOTOGRAPHY FOR KIDS
1. New Perspectives
Encourages them to look a little closer at the everyday things around
2. Decision Making Skills
Before taking a picture, we ask questions like…What’s the main subject
here? What part should I focus on? What angle do I want? What do I want this photo to tell others about how I see this subject?
3. Art & Science Appreciation
Photography is both art and science. As an art, photography is a
marvelous tool of creative, self-expression, and as photojournalists know, a
photograph can open a person’s mind or even change it. Photography
communicates. It is also a wonderful technical tool, teaching lessons in
science (light, math, etc.) and computer skills.
Besides the confidence gained from mastering a new skill and creative
expression, learning to take good pictures can also do wonders for children who are shy, because photography is one of those skills that makes it easier to take part in activities that otherwise might leave a shy child hiding in the background.
For example.. A teacher might appoint the young photographer to take
pictures at a classroom party. An older child may find taking pictures for the school paper is fun and that “hiding behind the camera” makes it so
much easier to get to know others.
This focus on others can do a lot for removing self-consciousness and
As skills increase, others will want your child to take their pictures,
or pictures of their pets, their hobbies, sports events, etc. This is an
excellent way to make friends – and get lots of interesting and fun pictures!
5. Pride & Satisfaction
Imagine a child’s satisfaction and pride in seeing how his or her
pictures affect others!
For example, landscape and vacation photos can transport the viewer to
another time and place, a beautiful or silly picture can uplift a mood, and a
nice portrait can boost confidence.
6. Consumer Education/A Critical Eye
Becoming a photographer rather than just the passive viewer help kids
better understand the advertising images they’re bombarded with every day.
It helps them to see how photographs can evoke emotion and persuade,
meaning they can develop a more critical eye, seeing the actual photography
rather than being bowled over by the underlying sales message.
But most of all, photography, especially digital photography, is just
plain fun. Our motto for the younger students are: “LOVE THE SHUTTER”
Whether your child hasn’t yet taken his first picture or she’s a young
enthusiast always on the lookout for new equipment, there are skills to learn that can make this an enjoyable and captivating hobby.
A child hooked on photography is a child who rarely says “There’s
nothing to do.” Armed with skills, a digital camera and charged batteries,
there’s always something to do – rain or shine.
Teaching and using digital photography encompasses a wide variety of processes, methods, media, and products with emerging technology. If one strictly adhere to the curriculum, then your students will produce only photographs. And while there is nothing wrong with that, digital photography need not be an end in itself; it can provide an exciting starting point for incredible, unexpected works of art.
Focussing on the Middle Schoolers, this is where the creativity starts!
With our exciting new curriculum, students can be free to express themselves by using the module as a guideline for their own interpretation of what they envision.
Teaching art or digital photography is about allowing and encouraging students to explore, discover, create, and understand their own work and the works of others through a variety of processes and personal discoveries.
This unique “explore, discover, create, and understand” approach empowers students to take risks in their art making.
It has been said, “Photography can intimidate a beginner, but taken step-by-step, with the right people and study material, it can be easy to learn.
Our mission is to teach the youth of today, how to use the power of photography & technology together with their own voices to become effective and positive advocates for school reform and social change.
In pursuit of this mission, FPZ has developed a straightforward but unique approach; providing students the necessary training in photography and design; encouraging them to capture images that show the realities of the world we live in, teaching them how to use photography and design
to tell their own stories, showcasing individual growth and artistic flair.
Where art is concerned, it is the process of creating – exploring, discovering, and experimenting – that has the greatest value.
Through self-expression and creativity, young adults skills will develop
naturally, and their ability to create will soar.