October 2, 2014

Week 3: Foundations

A portrait of leading lines.

This week is the big week. The foundational week. This is the week we teach the major concepts they'll practice the rest of the apprenticeshipelements of composition. Rule of thirds, leading lines, shooting angle and patterns are terms we'll be using over and over, hoping the concepts are taking root.

This week was also a little less crazy in the classroom. You never know what it will be like from week to week. Who knows what might have happened that day before you got there, what kid might be having a rough time at home and is acting out or maybe it's been smooth sailing. Regardless, it's never anything you can't smile through because it's so much fun to be with the students. The energy the children bring is infectious.

One of the reasons I love teaching in the fall is because we can go outside to take pictures one or two weeks before Winter settles in. This week was an outside week. Naturally the kids seem a little like caged animals who were just freed from captivity. Fresh air! No walls! But eventually they settle down enough to get down to businesstaking pictures with their tablets.

One student's picture from this week. An excellent example of shooting angle.

I love watching the students take their pictures. Sure, they take pictures that aren't really part of the assignment. The allure of snapping your friends is just too great. But when they come to you to show you their "real" shots and you can see they're getting it, that the concepts you just taught them are sinking inthere's just no feeling like it. The impact you can have, to teach a child something you love. To share something you know they've never been exposed to before and, possibly, wouldn't ever have if you hadn't decided to teach.

Almost everyone can remember that one teacher you had who opened your eyes, taught you something magical. I can only hope I might be that teacher for a student someday.