Photography, multimedia classes offered in Rockland

Posted June 01, 2011, at 10:11 p.m.

ROCKLAND — The Farnsworth Art Museum announced two free summer programs for teens. “What Does It Mean? Viewing, Understanding …and Making Photographic Images,” a six-week program for middle school students, ages 12 to 14 years, will run 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, June 27-Aug. 3. “Outside the Frame: Explorations in New (& Older) Media,” a 10-week workshop for high school students, ages 14 to 18 years, will run 1-4 p.m. Mondays and 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursdays, June 27-Aug. 25. Both programs will take place at the museum’s Julia’s Gallery for Young Artists on the corner of Union and Elm streets.

During the middle school program, participants will look at photographs taken by artists, anthropologists, and scientists, and develop an understanding of how history, culture, and society affect the photographic image. In each class, the group will venture out to make their own photographs using the day’s topic and discussion as a spring board.

High school program participants in this program will see how their photographs can be used not only as still images, but also as installations, projections, on the Web, as collaborative slide show projects or as artists’ books. Participants in both programs will have access to a media lab and use of iMacs, digital cameras, Polaroid cameras, scanners, LCD projector and software such as Photoshop. There will be a public display of artworks created in the workshops at the end of both sessions.

Deanna Witman, an artist-educator with more than 10 years of teaching in the arts, will be leading both programs. She enjoys integrating various art media and the natural world into the classes she leads, and she holds a master’s degree in photography from Maine Media College.

Each class is limited to 10 participants and is free of charge. For more information and for application, visit http://www.farnsworthmuseum.org/julias-gallery-programs or call 596-6457  ext. 118. All program applications should be submitted by Wednesday, June 15.

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