Last Wednesday at Mt. Pleasant Library was the second to last class before the Nature of Community Photo Exhibition which will start at 5:30 on November 30, 2017 at Providence CityArts for Youth! We started off the class by talking about the exhibition and giving the young artists any necessary updates about the photo exhibition. The young artists expressed their excitement for the upcoming showing of their photography that they have been working so hard on these past few weeks.
Afterwards we went into an activity that will be an additional part of the photo exhibition. The young artists were asked to draw a picture of something that they feel represents them or a role that they play in a community that they are apart of. We decided to keep the instructions for the activity broad to allow the students to interpret it as they choose and be creative as they wanted to be. After the drawing activity, we asked the young artists to choose ten of their favorite pictures that they’ve taken so far and that they want to be shown at the exhibition. I could definitely tell that the young artists were having fun choosing their pictures and being able to take sometime to reflect on all their work. One young artist that I was working with was having a hard time choosing only ten because she was so exciting about so many of the pictures she has taken.
After the exhibition prep work, the Providence College facilitators and the young artists went outside to take a pictures that they could write a short story about a true event of how the photo came to be or completely fictional story. The learners love being able to go outside and take pictures, they especially love the Pleasant Valley Parkway. Unfortunately, once we all re-grouped back at Mt. Pleasant Library there was not enough time for the young artists to write their short stories but we did do some large group picture sharing and short storying sharing. All of the Providence College students are extremely impressed at the development of the young artists photography.
Kristen Lawler, Providence College Class of 2018, Global Studies Major