The Nashville Community Darkroom recently completed another school collaboration, this time with fourth grade art students at Lockeland Elementary Design Center in East Nashville. NCD volunteers visited Camilla Spadafino’s art classroom as resident artists and helped the students elevate the “selfie” to fine art, shooting their own self-portraits in our mobile studio, and then printing them as cyanotypes using Sun Print paper.
The project was part of Lockeland’s Resident Artist program, a program created by Ms. Spadafino in which guest artists from throughout the community visit her classes, working with students to create projects inspired
by the theme for the year, Express Yourself.
NCD volunteers led by board member Erin Kice first visited the class with a collection of vintage cameras, and had a hands-on session with students to discuss photography, film, and the workings of a camera. After discussing the ways the new photographers could express themselves using lighting, body language, and expressions, we set them loose in our mobile portrait studio. Students arranged the lighting to create the desired effects (with help from our volunteers), then posed and shot their own portraits using a remote shutter trigger.
We were seriously impressed by the level of engagement
and talent of the young photographers from Ms. Phillip’s fourth grade class. Thanks so much to Ms. Spadafino for inviting us to her art room, and to the students for being so awesome. We learned a lot from you!
You can view the students’ Cyanotype Selfies and other projects created through Resident Artists visits at the school, at the Lockeland Art Show, Express Yourself – an Evening with the Arts, at Lockeland Elementary School, on April 4th from 5pm to 7pm. The event is free and includes music, art, a flash mob, and lots of cool kids to hang with.
We hope to see you there!
Facebook event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/487949491311843/
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