Getting Started

It’s the beginning of another year for our Community Partnership with Friends of Island Academy! We’re focusing on the basics of digital photography, writing and public speaking, and are working with themes of self and community empowerment. Students enhance their understanding of  visual literacy and the power of telling their own stories. Portraiture, especially self-portraiture, is a key element of their work. After discussing the concepts of strength and self improvement, our students have begun creating portraits of one another. They also are examining how environment and the backgrounds of photographic portraits impact the portraits’ meaning.


Group introductions on the first day of class. Credit: Jamaal Levine


Viewing student work from previous years to inspire our new students! Credit: Jamaal Levine


Students Leomar, Tiffani, and Kawone learning to use the DSLR cameras. Credit: Ashley Wu


Students Kori and Kawone working on their Partner Portraits assignment. Credit: Ashley Wu


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