Teaching students to make and understand photographs is not frivolous; what they learn through this medium has real value in their lives. No matter their career paths, the practice of making pictures, and all that it entails, enriches and expands their lives. Photography requires attention to a wide range of technical and artistic elements, which must align if students are to produce strong images. Attention to detail is pivotal to my teaching. I model it when I first meet my classes at Concord Academy, asking detailed questions about each student, talking about photographs and photography with the new vocabulary that will soon become second nature to them. The craft and vision of photography is married in my approach to teaching. I teach with a passion for the medium of photography, an art form I’ve been practicing for decades. Anyone who walks into my classes can see I love working with young people, encouraging them to see the world in a different way. I know my enthusiasm spurs my students on, just as their excitement and discoveries affirm my work with them.
I also lead adult workshops on topics such as handmade books, cameraless images, cyanotypes and other non-silver photographic processes. I am always happy to taylor workshops to fit a group’s timeframe and interests. Contact me with your questions.
Applied Arts workshop on Accordion book binding with photographer/book arts artist Cynthia Katz, at Wellesley College.