Some of the most rewarding work I am privileged to be able to do is working with schools around the world as an “artist in residence”. I'll spend anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of weeks with a school, working with the students and faculty on a “visual literacy” program. Specifically I work to integrate the camera into the classroom, joining all ages from Kindergarten through High School. Photo and video, shooting, editing, publishing, social media… we do it all.
This video is from a trip to Guatemala in early 2019, with the American School of Guatemala, or
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so what am i doing in Guatemala I'm here
to work with a school called the American school of but a month working with the kids working on teaching visual literacy and what I'm doing here is working with the camera working with photography and video the children are learning to take pictures I'm showing them how to use the camera but what they don't necessarily realize they're learning is how to see the world in a different way and this is a big part of what I'm here to teach but what I really want people to achieve from this what I really want the kids to gain is learning how to quite literally see the world from a different point of view then a big part of this comes from using the camera and that's really the key here is teaching children how to learn using the camera they may not even realize that that's what they're doing but we encourage using the camera as a learning tool throughout the classrooms and throughout all programs not just a standard photography program but actually through programs like science and math and even history we're using the camera can be an incredible learning tool for example the fourth-grade class here at the American School of Art Amala are working on a program where they're designing and ultimately building small model homes that are supposed to be earthquake-proof as I probe the children in and got them to think through the process a couple of them usually at the same time would always go the camera we can take video and then somebody else to say slow motion video and while too many of this may seem rather obvious through the eyes of a fourth grader this is not the first thing that comes to mind but once we start encouraging the use of the camera this way suddenly becomes more obvious seeing that light up in their eyes seeing that recognition is just incredible the fifth year students are creating posters based off of a single topic if you're putting pictures on the poster where you're gonna get them oh I'll get it from Google download it and print it out okay but what if you can make your own picture and it all comes down to using that camera as a learning tool seeing their topic differently seeing their topic through a new light through a new lens quite literally and giving them the ability to really really comprehend their topic much more for many of the kids this is nothing more than just learning how to make better pictures and of course we did a lot of that too we'd go out in the yard here on the school campus taking pictures with iPads and iPhones and throughout that process I would guide them it's amazing what just a little as bit of Direction can do and who knows where this is gonna spark in some of these kids I know some of them are coming up to me telling me how excited they were to be taking pictures they love photography and now they're getting to take some better ones or they're showing the pictures to their parents and the parents are excited to how good their pictures are already it's really exciting to see just how quickly it changes how much growth potential there is here whenever I work with the school like this we always have some kind of a keynote opening presentation where I can address the students and the faculty and sometimes even the parents all at once and allow them to see who I am and learn a little bit more about me and then I meet with the teachers for a PD program of professional development and I tell them a bit more of the background of what it is that I'm doing and and my philosophies here and how I'm working in the way that I'm doing things and why I'm doing things the way that I am and this allows them to support what I'm doing in the classroom and understand a little bit more of what it is we're trying to achieve and then of course to continue this education once I'm gone I'm usually only here for a short time in this case here for a week and of course learning doesn't stop after that week and the teachers are able to take these ideas and encourage their growth and try and incorporate them into their own classroom the camera is a fantastic learning tool it's no different than anything else that we have we have pencils and papers and and notebooks and rulers and all these other tools that we use in the classroom but the camera is a very powerful tool that can be used in so many different ways it's just amazing to see how enthusiastic some of the kids can be when it comes to things like making pictures or video or YouTube it's just wonderful and phenomenal and I keep encouraging that growth and I hope it's an opportunity that I continue to have if you happen to work at a school that has an artist-in-residence program I'd love to hear from you it's always great to have new opportunities to do this and I would love to consider working with you someday you