During our fifth preteen Tuesday class at ICP at THE POINT, we divided our class in two groups. This allowed us provide highly individualized help to students, since there are varying skill levels in our class. Half the class worked under the studio set with hot lights and tripods, while the other half went into the darkroom to make concentrated prints from their contact sheets.
For the students working in the studio set up, we focused on observing light and asking questions like:
- How does the light change on the subject when it is closer or further away?
- What happens to the shadow and light?
- How can a tripod help us capture motion?
- Since light travels in lines, how does a reflector help us direct light?
In the darkroom we challenged returning students to dodge and burn their prints, paying attention to their borders, focus, and exposure. Newer students received 1:1 attention as they walked through setting up their enlargers, making test prints and later, making full framed prints. Everyone successfully printed two images!