When I was in high school we had some very unique opportunities, like taking a traditional photography class learning the technique of taking photographs, developing the film and the images themselves in a dark room. I loved it, and still use many of the fundamental ideas to this day.
On June 18, I had the absolute pleasure of attending Dunnville Secondary School’s photography symposium where senior photography
students showcased their work and offered it for sale to those who attended. I was absolutely impressed. Not only did each photographer have a business card, and a beautiful array of images, they had their summative projects on display and as part of their grade had to participate in the event.
The difference between what I would have saw ten years ago versus now was colour. I understand their dark room has been retired but the teacher has encouraged the students to dive head first into digital photography.
The colors were beautiful. The subject matter was different from artist to artist. I had a candid moment with one student who had about a dozen photos of his truck, or in his words “his baby” on display along with a menagerie of nature photos. It was a pleasure to see the students take something related to school so seriously, but back then so did I. The real treat for the evening was upon my departure, there on the wall hung four posters advertising summer art-concentrated classes.
These classes included Photography for third year students, Writers Craft for fourth year academic students, Instrumental Music – Band and Drama Film & Video with courses available for students in all years of high school. Students are welcome to register before June 28 at the guidance office.
Is the school embracing the artistic culture that seems to creep up from the hearts of our youth in our rural community? I’m not sure, but I’m pleased to see there are options for artists out there this summer. For The Silo, Lacie Williamson