Helen Cammock / Hendon School / Visual Literacy activities

TRIP – INIVA AND PHOTOMONTH LONDON

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A trip to:

  1. Autograph exhibition Rock Against Racism at INIVA (includes Autograph workshop)
  2. Street Photography Activity (SEE ATTACHED POWERPOINT)
  3. Photo Month London exhibition

 

Materials Needed:

PEN AND PAPER

CAMERA OR CAMERA PHONE

WORKSHEETS

CONCEPTS:

– Experiencing and engaging with art/photography in the gallery and festival context.

– Developing visual literacy through the gallery experience.

 

Which of the 5 ways-in does this activity address:

Understanding:

  1. Considering the FORM an image takes.
  2. How you can build/construct an image – introducing idea of COMPOSITION
  3. Thinking conceptually – metaphor, symbolism and meaning – what is the image about, the SUBJECT of the work.
  4. Thinking about the CONTEXT for images/exhibitions/work.
  5. Developing and expressing INITIAL REACTIONS to work in the gallery context.

 

What will be the role and responsibilities of the teacher(s) during the session?

  • Supporting all activities in the galleries
  • Organisational responsibility for the logistics of the travel and permissions on the day.

 

Activity – Step by Step

 

  1. AUTOGRAPH EXHIBITION– SYD SHELTON – ROCK AGAINST RACISM
  • The Gallery Exhibition and the Photo Month festival exhibitions introduce different environments/contexts to view work.

 

  • At INIVA students experience a workshop specific to the exhibition designed by the Autograph facilitator. The workshop involves two elements – one looking and discussing the images, the context for the project and what Rock Against Racism is all about.

 

Students are asked to express their responses to the work as well as undertaking a focussed active viewing exercise in order to offer background to the context, subject and form of the exhibition and then there is a making workshop in which the students are asked to consider ‘activitism’. This includes tableau sculpting in response to images in the exhibition and developing props for these tableaux. These are small group activities and the staff from our project worked with a group each.

2. PHOTO ACTIVITY – LOOKING DOWN, THROUGH AND REFLECTED

This is the walk between INIVA and The Townhouse. Students are asked to look, think and photograph. They are asked to look down, look through and use reflection as a way to represent and document their walk. SEE ATTACHED PDF.

 

3. PHOTOMONTH PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL

TOWNHOUSE– LIFTING THE CURTAIN, KEITH GREENOUGH

Students were offered an artist talk by the artist Keith Greenough and had opportunity to engage and ask questions about both the exhibition space, the festival and the project. It was an important introduction to a local project and artist working on an ongoing project in their own locality.

 

Brief for students – Photography Activity SEE PDF:

Today we will visit two exhibitions – one in a gallery and one that is part of an open-platform festival.

 

At the first exhibition at INIVA you will have the opportunity to be part of a workshop about the exhibition led by the AUTOGRAPH facilitator who has designed a workshop based on the exhibition will be seeing.

 

We will also make photographs on our walk between the two exhibitions.

Instructions:

  1. You are asked to look around you on your walk and make images LOOKING DOWN, LOOKING THROUGH AND USING REFLECTION.
  2. Make as many images as you want to and be as creative as you can be. We will be walking down the famous Brick Lane so take in everything that you see around you.

 

In making and looking at images you asked to think about:

  • Composition

How the image is constructed – composition combines framing, light, colour and content.

 

  • Framing

What is in the image and what is excluded from the image. Think carefully about the background and foreground – move things if they distract from your image, add things in if they add to the image. Think about whether the image is a ‘close up’ or ‘wide angle’ shot.  Think about whether you want to shoot straight on or use angles and creat perspective in your image.

 

  • Colour

Think about how colour affects your image. Colour can be used to add a feeling/atmosphere or the focus point in an image. It can add to the overall meaning conveyed by an image

  • Lighting

Think about how light affects your image – technically –but also conceptually. Lighting can greatly affect feeling or atmosphere in your image. It can also therefore add to the overall meaning conveyed by an image.

  • Content

What the image is about, what the image is conveying.

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