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Looking at ideas for introducing photography in the art and design curriculum.

Trainees studying our (Secondary) Art and Design PGCE recently took part in a workshop led by guest speaker Lindsey Smith from Photoworks, looking at ideas for introducing photography in the Art and Design Curriculum.

Lindsey Smith is a photographic artist and freelance artist facilitator, who has over 25 years of experience working in collaboration with a range of organisations to design, deliver and evaluate learning and engagement initiatives.

The workshop was packed with ideas to take into and adapt for the classroom. Trainees experimented with different processes and techniques including making simple pinhole cameras, working with different camera settings such as shutter speed and focal distance, and looking at contemporary photography work.

Course leader, Sally Johnson says “It is really important that we extend trainees ideas, knowledge and confidence in introducing ideas using photography in the art classroom and equip trainees with expertise to teach photography at GCSE.”

“Lindsey has contributed to art subject study modules for both PGCE and Undergraduate trainees. She has designed and introduced workshops that focus on ideas to get young people in schools engaged with photography and light-based processes. She has made these sessions highly engaging, energetic, and accessible for our trainees and has produced wonderful resources to extend and support their practice.  She is generous with her time and expertise and trainees have highly valued her teaching”.

One trainee gave the following feedback as part of their critical reflection which is added to their e-portfolio:

“As someone who doesn’t have much experience with photography, I found this workshop incredibly useful and enjoyable, and I learnt a huge amount of different photography projects and workshops I could do with photography pupils, as well as gaining confidence in using cameras. This workshop has also given me the confidence to deliver photography lessons that perhaps don’t necessarily need a camera, like cyanotypes and scanner photography, which both create beautiful and unique outcomes.”

Below are photographs of trainees in the workshops as well as examples of images captured using the techniques they had learnt.

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Christina Camm • November 24, 2021

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