My World IS 230

Welcome to one of Working Playground's network ArtSpace blogs!

This blog is a part of an afterschool digital photography My World model program at Intermediate School 230 in Jackson Heights, Queens. It will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays, in the library, from 3-5pm.

Essential Questions:
How can my world educate and inspire me? How can I educate and inspire my world?

Foundation Statement: The Unites States is a county of immigrants, a "melting pot" or "salad bowl" of diverse cultures and identities. Jackson Heights is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the world. Through writing, storyboarding, and photography, students in this program will explore the art of storytelling, focusing on their own cultural identity and family stories. A workshop with a professional journalist will train students to ask questions and work in the field. Trips to the Y Gallery and the East Side Tenement Museum will look closely at immigration perspectives. Students will create a photo slideshow of their work in January. 

In the Spring, students will delve into the world of zines. Since the 14th C (before blogs), marginalized citizens all over the world have created their own leaflet styled publications as a way to give voice to their ideas. By being challenged to answer the question, "What about your world makes you angry?" students will choose a topic they would like to research through the internet, through first-hand interviews with community members, and through the lens of their cameras.  Each student will conceivably create one handmade book and zine with an edition of 10. The final project will be a group zine with a circulation of two to three hundred. Field trips include the Queens Museum of Art and the MET. 

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Exploring Portraits and Self-Portraits

How can I represent something about myself with a photograph? What do I want it to say?Edwin
Alan, age 11: I want to learn almost everything about digital photography.
Pious, Age: 11. My goal is to know how to take pictures and how to design the pictures. This photo was created in the library where I was taking the books then my friend took the picture.
Charmi, Age: 11. My goal for the photography club this year is to learn how to take pictures and how to download them onto the computer. This photo was created while I was reading a book.
Fariha, Age: 12. My goal for the photography club this year is to learn how to edit photos with really cool effects and make the photo look more unique and creative. This photo was taken by one of my friends. I chose the pose. It was in Central Park.
Skye, Age: 12. My friend Jennifer took my picture and the fact that it's blurry stands for my shadow. it's like my twin ghost. It is also for Halloween. It is my shadow twin.
Tasnima, Age: 11. I want to learn about photography and how to take photos. How this photo was created: I was juts doing that and then my friend Pious took the picture.
Dora, Age 13. I hope to have a lot of fun taking pictures, and learn a lot about other cultures, too. My friend Dominic took this picture. She is also in 8th grade.

Daihana, Age: 12. My goal for the photography club this year is to learn how to use a camera and put it in the computer. This photo was created while I was standing in one place.
Donald, Age: 11. My hopes and dreams is to become a great photographer. I want to take pictures that are fantastic and look real.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Master Artist: Dulce Pinzón

Artist Dulce Pinzón, who dresses immigrants in superhero costumes and photographs them, is represented by the Y Gallery, in Jackson Heights.