CMH Global Arts After School has just wrapped up our first Photography class at the Watts Willowbrook Boys and Girls Club! What a success!
The students at Boys & Girls Club learned about life in HAITI, what it means to be a GLOBAL CITIZEN, and the basics of digital PHOTOGRAPHY. The class also learned about documentary photography and how important photojournalism is to SOCIAL ACTIVISM.
Our PHOTOGRAPHY SHOWCASE featured the original works of CMH Global Arts students as well as the portraits from our PHOTO EXCHANGE with children from HAITI! During the photography course our students took portraits of each other holding a message to our friends in Haiti. The portraits were sent to Haiti and were given to a class of Haitian students. The Haitian students LOVED our photos and responded with their own portraits, which were also featured in our Showcase!
WE ARE SO PROUD OF ALL OUR STUDENTS!
Week 9 of CMH’s Global Arts After School was our last week of class. It is hard to believe our Photography class has come to an end but we are very excited for our PHOTO EXHIBIT next week!
During our last day of class we discussed all we’ve learned about Photography, all we’ve learned about Haiti and all we’ve learned about being Global Citizens. The students were also able to run all over the Boys and Girls Club taking photos that reflect all their new photography skills!
What a terrific day!
In week 7 CMH Global Arts Students began their big project of creating Self-Portrait photos with a message that will be shared with Haitian youth through the photo Exchange.
Using empathy and thoughtfulness the students wrote positive, happy messages of strength and pride in both English AND Haitian Creole to share with their Haitian photography partners!
Our super sharp group of students at the Boys and Girls’ Club talked about being a good global citizen, and how it requires tolerance, empathy and open-mindedness. Being a good global citizen means realizing that everyone has emotions just like ours, even if their lifestyles are very different.
Kirk wowed the kids when he shared all the fascinating people, places, and things he has photographed over the years. From presidents, the LA Riots, and 9/11 to Kobe Bryant, Black Cowboys, and underwater photography the eyes of the CMH after school photography class were opened to the endless possibilities of photojournalism.
During Class 6 of CMH Global Arts After School we received a visit from the AMAZING KIRK MCKOY!
"Kirk D. McKoy (born 1957) is the Senior Features Photo Editor and Deputy for the Los Angeles Times. He has been a photojournalist for over 28 years, and is a two time Pulitzer Prize winner, for his work covering the Los Angeles riots in 1992 and the Northridge earthquake in 1994. His current responsibilities are the day-to-day photographic look and concepts for feature and news photos and design of the Los Angeles Times.”
Kirk shared stories, photos and answer all the eager questions of our After School kids. Kirk’s charisma mesmerized the students and their endless sharp questions reflected their interest and excitement for photojournalism.