Digital Photo Field Trip to Cambridge!

 

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We are planning a field trip for a full day, on Thursday, October 13th, to Cambridge to shoot photographs. This trip will give the students an opportunity to document urban subjects, like people and architecture. This will also help photography students understand the many great photographers they have studied this year, who spent their careers exploring big cities with cameras in their hands. We hope to get great new material to print by the end of the semester.

Some inspiration / context: 

Street Photo Slideshow with links

Some details…

Travel

We will get ourselves to Cambridge by train and walk through a variety of interesting locations, capturing images as we go. We will have lunch in Harvard Square and take the train home, returning by the end of the school day.

Schedule

We will be taking the Commuter Rail from Concord to Porter Square. We will walk to the Lunder Art Museum at Lesley University School of Art and Design to see a retrospective of the work of photographer Irving Penn. We will then walk to Harvard Square, taking photos as we go. We will have lunch in Harvard Square. We will enter the “T” at Harvard Square, take the Red Line back to Porter Square, and the Commuter Rail back to Concord.

Chaperones and Guidelines

Students will be accompanied by a chaperone in groups of five or six, but will be encouraged to spread out a bit to explore their environment and to take photos (photo taking in a herd doesn’t work well!). Students should bring a cell phone to stay in contact with their chaperone and their teacher.  

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Photography Photo Expedition to Boston

If you are going on the photography field trip, please read the following. Your teacher will give you the standard school field trip permission form for your parents to sign. 

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We are planning a field trip for a full day, on May 1st, to Boston to shoot photographs. This trip will give the students an opportunity to document urban subjects, like people and architecture. This will also help advanced students understand the many great photographers they have studied this year, who spent their careers exploring big cities with cameras in their hands. We hope to get great new material to print by year’s end!

Purpose

We will get ourselves to Boston by train and walk through a variety of interesting locations, capturing images as we go. We will have lunch in Chinatown and take the train home, returning by the end of the school day.

Schedule

We will be taking the Commuter Rail from Concord to Porter Square, where we will transfer to the MBTA Red Line Inbound to South Street Station. We will explore a some of Fort Point Channel, then walk into Chinatown. We will have lunch in Chinatown before walking to the Boston Public Garden, Boston Common, and the State Capitol building. We will re enter the “T” at Park Street, take the Red Line back to Porter Square, and the Commuter Rail back to Concord.

Here is a map of our tour, (getting off the T at South Station at about 9:30am and reentering Park Street at about 1pm):

Chaperones and Guidelines

Students will be accompanied by a chaperone in groups of four or five, but will be encouraged to spread out a bit to explore their environment and to take photos (photo taking in a herd doesn’t work well!). Each student will carry a map and be told how far they can wander—no more than a city block away from an adult—when to reconvene at each stage. Students should bring a cell phone to stay in contact with their chaperone and their teacher. On this field trip, students will need to be responsible for their camera, the time and themselves. If you have concerns about your students readiness for this field trip, you should decline to consent. Students who do not go with us will be given an alternative assignment to be completed during the school day.

 Field trip expense*

The field trip will cost about $30-$40. Students should bring money with them for the train and lunch. There is no fee, and nothing to be paid to the school.

  • Students should bring $21 for trains ($16 for the Commuter Rail, plus $5 for the Boston T).
  • Student should also bring $10-15 for food—we will eat lunch in Chinatown.

* Please contact the teacher Adam Gooder at agooder@colonial.net if you have questions or concerns about the field trip expense.

 


Harvard Art Museum Field Trip – January 6, 2015

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The renovated Harvard Art Museums combines old and new–both in architecture and the work on display. The museum houses everything from Buddhas thousands of years old to new work by contemporary artists. 

Our goal in going to the museum is to:

  • Be exposed to terrific artwork from around the world
  • Think about and discuss what we see
  • Be inspired in our own work when we return to the classroom
  • Enjoy a well-earned day together as a class to celebrate art

Our essential questions include:

  • How can we apply our critical skills when looking at artwork to work in all media?
  • How do different artists and cultures express themselves visually and through the materials and subjects available to them?
  • How is art work curated (chosen and arranged), and how does this this affects how we ‘read’ artwork? 

Our assignment at the museum is to:

  1. Partner up! Explore the museum with another student. Visit every exhibit and discuss as you go. Choose a partner you can work well with–remember, you are on assignment! 
  2. Respond visually: Take photographs of the museum–at least one roll of film or 24 digital stills. You may choose to focus on the artwork, people looking at the artwork, the architecture, the experience of being with your classmates in the museum, or all of the above! You can take these photos as you explore. 
  3. Respond to each exhibit: With your partner, write a one (or more) sentence response to the exhibit while you are in the exhibit space. 
  4. Write about your favorite work: As you go through the exhibits, keep a list of your favorite pieces of art, and where these pieces are located. After looking at all the work, choose three favorite pieces of art from anywhere in the collection to write about. Go to the artwork with your partner. Discuss why you are drawn to the work. Get ideas. Take notes.  Why does this work inspire or impress you. Is it what it depicts? The emotion it conveys? It’s subtlety or boldness? It’s history? It’s craftsmanship or use of materials? Write one paragraph about each piece of work you discuss. Don’t forget to write the  title, artist and date. You may take a picture of each work on your phone or digital camera to include in your paragraph. 
  5. Turn it in: Each student is responsible for three paragraphs, along with their list of favorite works. You and your partner are responsible for a one-sentence response to each exhibit (only one sentence needed for the two of you). Email this document (or hand it on paper) to Mr. Gooder at the end of the museum visit. 

Check out the museum before we go: Harvard Art Museum website (Photography students should go to “Collections” and type in “Photography”)

The museum website also features “Hotspots,” which educate visitors about the artworks’ history and context: link to “Hotspots”

Here is a good article on the “new” museum, with a slideshow of images: New York Times Harvard Art Museum

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MFA Field Trip – October 2013

The whole Art Department (2D, Ceramics and Photography) took a trip to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston to see a variety of work. The photography students focused on the exhibit “She Who Tells a Story,” about Middle Eastern female photographers, historic photographs from the Lane Private collection, and photographs from the museum’s permanent collection.  The photographers’ unique point of view and creativity inspired us

MFA Field Trip PhotosSome links to the exhibits —

http://www.mfa.org/exhibitions/she-who-tells-story

http://www.americanphotomag.com/photo-gallery/2013/08/wall-women-photographers-middle-east

http://www.mfa.org/exhibitions/enduring-vision

Boston Photo Expedition – May 2, 2014

This year students in the Advanced classes took the train to Boston to take photos. We look at a lot of urban photography–candids, street portraits, architecture–but don’t get a chance to shoot it up in Concord and Carlisle. The objective of our day was simple: cover several miles from South Street Station / the waterfront, through Chinatown, and up to Boston Common. We explored the city, got a lot of great images, and even got to eat in Chinatown!

Advanced Photography students and chaperones in  Boston Common
Advanced Photography students and chaperones in Boston Common
The Fitchburg Line (Amtrack commuter train) into Boston. Audrey and Ana got started right away.
The Fitchburg Line (Amtrack commuter train) into Boston. Audrey and Ana got started right away.
Trying an old TLR ("Box") Camera with medium format film
Trying an old TLR (“Box”) Camera with medium format film
Shooting in a market in Chinatown
Shooting in a market in Chinatown
Kristin shoots photos in a grungy alley--great light and interesting textures!
Kristin shoots photos in a grungy alley–great light and interesting textures!