Photography is a way of looking at the world.  It is an empowering tool for young artists and scientists alike, rewarding curiosity with the treasures hidden in our everyday worlds.

Beginning January 24, I will be offering two, 8-week, introductory photography classes for photographers ages 8-11 and 12-16.

(Selecting these links below will open your email application.  After you read about the classes and can't wait for your child to learn more about photography, come back up here, click on one of the links, and let me know which class you're interested in)

Young Photographers 1: Ages 8-11
10am-11:30am, Fridays beginning January 24th

*maximum class size 8

Young Photographers 2: Ages 12-16
12pm-1:30pm, Fridays beginning January 24th

*maximum class size 8

All classes are $170/child or $290 for two children from the same family.  The sibling discount does apply across classes.


The Big Idea

"Young Photographers"  is for children who love taking pictures and are ready to dig in! We will learn the fundamentals of photography through weekly, hands-on assignments, designed to engage your children creatively and introduce them to an exciting new way of looking at their world. The course will emphasize an understanding of technical concepts, such as proper lighting, composition, framing, the rule of thirds, and camera modes. Students will build this understanding as they work on creative projects, and they’ll learn to use their specific cameras to achieve their own photographic goals.  

In concept both classes are very similar.  Both will emphasize the ways in which photography can help us to see what is hidden and visually share what we feel.  With the older group though, I will frame the concepts differently and focus more on the technical basics of photography (exposure, shutter speed, iso, flash etc.) as well as some of the fundamentals of composition and natural light.

Children are used to seeing pictures on computers, on phones, online, etc., but the chance to see their work in print is exciting, motivating, and can change how they see themselves as creators.  Up above, in the photo, is Sophia Wright.  She attended photography camp this past summer.  She is posing next to her artist statement, her portraits (taken by fellow students), and her very own photographic artwork.  All were on display for our end-of-session exhibit!  All the screens in our lives are pretty magical, but I don't think they can delight in quite the same way as a child's printed artwork, mounted and on full, physical display.  

Click here to see more artwork and snaps from our summer session's final exhibition.

Highlights:

  • This class is about encouraging your children to seek out new ways of looking at the people, places, things, and events that make up their everyday lives.
  • This class focuses on sharing and talking about our art every single week.  I will encourage students to embrace and celebrate what happens when you allow others to experience your photos; this is a part of the class that the students and I both love, as we delight in talking about and learning from each others' work. 
  • Classes will be divided into instructional time (exploring the "big concept" behind the upcoming week's assignment) and sharing/discussion time.  I will encourage each artist to talk about his/her work and share feelings about the work of others . . . constructively.
  • We will learn the fundamentals of photography through weekly, hands-on assignments, designed to engage your children creatively and introduce them to an exciting new way of looking at their world.
  • Along the way students will learn fundamentals of using their cameras, the basics of composition, and--for the older class--the delicate balance of proper exposure.
  • Students will write artist statements, describing who they are and how they think of themselves in relation to their work. 
  • Students will get to photograph each other with professional studio lighting and backdrops.
  • Students will select 4 of their favorite photos for display at our final gallery exhibition.

Each week your child will have a photo assignment.  The assignments will almost always be based on a broad concept (i.e. perspectives, feelings, invisible things, negative space etc.). Your children will probably take about one million pictures, because I will actively encourage it.  Of these, they will choose between 4 and 6 to share with the group - a hard task!  They’ll be provided with a link to a password-protected gallery for uploading their weekly ‘shares.’  We will spend lots of time talking about each other’s photos as we view them, larger than life, with a projector.

Instructional time in our classes will be used to explore the upcoming week's key conceptual components along with the technical know-how to accomplish our creative goals.  The concepts we explore will always relate to the upcoming week’s photographic assignments and build upon the lessons of previous weeks.  

All classes will happen in my studio in the Deagan building:

Chad Leverenz Photography

1770 W Berteau Ave 

Suite 503 

(773)569-1112


Requirements

  • Your child must have some sort of point-and-shoot digital camera
  • Your child should be able to attend most of our weekly classes.  
  • Students will need to complete photographic assignments outside of our meetings
  • A synopsis of each week's big concept will be available online after each class.  If classes are missed, students can and should complete the next week's photo assignment.
  • Students need to be willing to share their photos and ideas with everyone in the class. 
  • Students will need access to a computer in order to upload 4-6 photos to our gallery for sharing that week
 

Below I've provided a brief outline of our class based upon a similar class I did over the summer. Ours will differ based upon the emerging needs and interests of the children in class. 


Young Photographers class outline 2014 (subject to tweaking)

You Are Not A Camera / Color and Shape

January 24

Sometimes being a clever human keeps us from noticing the most obvious and beautiful things.  Cameras can teach us to see our environment in a fresh new way precisely because they know nothing at all.

Humans

January 31 

A camera is like a mask that gives you something of a "free pass" to look at people in a totally different and unusual way. In regular life, people find it strange if you study them too closely and observe too much about them...but having a camera gives you license to do just that.   We’ll use our cameras to capture the beauty and individuality of the people around us - and no camera-smiles allowed. 

Invisible Things 

February 7

Often the most powerful photographs are of ‘things’ you cannot see.  Photographers use light to show the objects in pictures, but objects are just the beginning....this week we’ll go beyond objects, using photography to explore some more abstract concepts. 

*No class February 14

Feelings

February 21

This week we will photograph our feelings.  NO FACES ALLOWED.

Story

February 28

Photographs presented in a series are like a ‘connect-the-dots’ puzzle.  Our brains connect them automatically.  Tell a story with your photos.

Landscapes / Perspectives

March 7

When we see a beautiful, complex scene we use our brains to shift perspective constantly.  We see the flower, then the butterfly approaching the flower, then the forest that contains them both.  This week we will begin with the big picture, then find the smaller stories inside.

Self-portraits and/or Out-of-context, in-the-studio

March 14

We are so much more than just our faces.  Faces are really important, and we’ll be capturing those, but none of our identities-who we are-ends where our skin does, much less our heads. This week we’ll be photographing our larger ‘selves.’

and/or

Much of our class has been about photographing our everyday worlds.  This week we will set up a full studio set and photograph each other.  These portraits will accompany  the artist statements that You will be writing while there is: 

*No class March 21.  Preparing and printing for our exhibition!

Gallery Exhibit

Saturday, March 29 

Each student will have up to 4 pieces printed and mounted for display along with their artist statements. Friends and family are welcome


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