Yesterday I spoke to two classes of advanced art students at the Boyertown Junior High School West. These talks were pretty casual, that is, I didn’t have a lesson plan. Basically, their teacher wanted me to discuss my process, show my work, and talk about being a professional artist/photographer.

I’ve spoken to groups before of course, including a community college class, but never to any grade school class. So this was a first time experience.  I wasn’t totally unprepared for it though. I do have a 13 year old daughter afterall. And I had previously read How To Survive Middle School a book by a very talented friend of mine, Donna Gephart.

It was interesting speaking about photography to kids who had no experience with film at all. Actually, the classes went quickly and Mrs Stamm was very easy to work with, so it turned out fine. Looks like I may be heading back sometime to work with the librarian who runs the photography club.

Speaking about photography to a school class

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7 thoughts on “How To Survive Middle School……Talks

  1. Thanks for the kind words, Paul.
    It’s great getting in the classroom, isn’t it, Paul? The kids often have such great energy and enthusiasm.
    Hope you do a lot more school visits to inspire young people with your passion for photography.
    All best,
    Donna

  2. That’s pretty cool Paul, I am sure they must have enjoyed it. Could lead to a whole new set of experiences for you.

    I quite frequently get email requests from kids working on homework assignments that picked nature photography as their “career subject.” One of the first questions is always how long did you have to go to school for it. 🙂

  3. Hey Mark, thanks for the comment. It’s interesting, I’ve never been asked by kids about my schooling, I have been by adults frequently. Typically I’m asked by kids about how I approach wildlife and how much my equipment costs. However, I have come across kids at shows that are amazingly astute both about art and nature. They will come up to me and start analyzing my images. My daughter is doing that to me now (she’s 13), and I find it very insightful.

  4. Yeah, I don’t know why it is a common question I receive, other than perhaps it is in the guidelines handed out by the teachers to ask where they went to school.

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