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Thanks to the  support of Queens Councilmember I. Daneek Miller and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), "The Pupil Project" expands it presence in Queens, and into neighboring boroughs.  The success of our program has resulted in many locations extending our time with them, and/or welcoming us back to continue the good work.  

We appreciate those who support our mission to engage and empower our communities!


"The Pupil Project" at P.S. 59K William Floyd School

(Spring 2017)

Photography Instructor: Kristin Slaby  

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The Pupil Project at PS59 William Floyd School was implemented during school hours, as a elective class for students participating in the school's first In-School Enrichment program.  This in-school program offered activities that engaged students creatively and intellectually to inspire young inquisitive minds. 

The program was a wonderful addition to the Enrichment Program.  Students participating in the Pupil Project Program were those with an interest in photography. By engaging and building upon their interest, they became quick learners.   When parents visited the program during a school tour.  we were able to highlight our program and their childrens' talents.  As a final showcase, students printed favorite photographs taken during the program and produced a banner that was displayed in the school hallway for the community to see.  

We look forward to continuing this creative relationship in Brooklyn, and with Community Learning Schools Initiatives across New York City


"The Pupil Project" at I.S.59 Springfield Gardens

(Spring 2017)

Photography Instructor: Kristin Slaby  

Assistant Instructor/ Coordinator: Nicholas Pierre 

Our foray into middle school happened at IS59 Springfield Gardens school in Queens.  Our small group, dominated by 'girl power', used their large school campus and the luck of beautiful Spring weather to make their #RedCameraCrew introduction to portrait and landscape photography.  They used their poses behind the camera to capture their best shots!  This group inspired their school community so much so, that we've been asked to have a program for the teachers next go round!  Who knew so many would be happy to stay after school!


"The Pupil Project" at The Queens High School for Information, Research & Technology (QIRT)

(Spring 2017)

Photography Instructor: Nicholas Pierre 

Assistant Instructor/ Coordinator: Aaron King 

QIRT students reaffirmed our lessons of teenage school life – homework, hormones and future hopes. This afterschool program for high schoolers was offered as a means to allow students to engage in a creative outlet that may not have otherwise been available to them.  They will tell you anyone with a digital phone is a self-titled photographer, but Instructor Nicholas Pierre and Assistant Instructor Aaron King took the art of the selfie a few steps further in teaching the foundation of perspective and acquisition of shutter speed and style.

This student group, as an integral part of the STEM component of our program, built working, digital cameras, exposing the students to photography from the inside out.  The students were able to keep these cameras for future personal use.   


"The Pupil Project" at The Williamsburg Bridge Magnet School PS 196K

(Spring 2017)

Photography Instructor: Nicholas Pierre

From the very first day we knew Williamsburg Bridge Magnet School was a special place.  Teacher Mr. Robert Burstein and his “photography club” welcomed us with open arms, and embraced us with an enthusiasm and curiosity that mutually nourished a sense of pride and accomplishment. They were eager to learn all instructor Nicholas Pierre had to share, and we were anxious to see the results of their explorations.

The neighborhood’s backdrop served as a great location of animated artistry that allowed the students to stretch their imaginations.  This close-knit group worked well together, creatively collaborating to comprehend and put into play each class lesson.  “The Pupil Project” had a true partner in Mr. Burstein.   His adoration of his students is evident in his approach of engagement.  His annual expedition to Coney Island served as a perfect opportunity for us to distribute the cameras and allow these students to capture scenic vistas from 20 stories above the boardwalk, to the depth’s of the aquarium’s ocean-like (ground) floor.   This adventure served the class well in the instruction and practice of sport and landscape photography, natural light and aperature.

The students at Williamsburg Bridge Magnet School are superstars in their own right. We can only hope we had as lasting an effect on them as they had on us. We look forward to returning to PS196k and exploring even further the possibilities of all photography has to offer.  


"The Pupil Project" at The St. Albans School PS36Q

(Winter 2017)

Photography Instructor: Kristin Slaby  

Assistant Instructor/ Coordinator: Nicholas Pierre 

Thanks to the continued support from Queens Councilmember I. Daneek Miller"The Pupil Project"  returns to this school of tech-savvy fourth and fifth graders at The St. Albans School PS36Q.   Our last session proved worthy, as you can see by scrolling below the young talent that exists in our community.  This season we are excited to have Instructor Kristin Slaby and Assistant Nicholas Pierre rejoin this wonderful group, and create with them.  On the first day, students were already asking about lighting techniques! Their Nikon D3200's will get much use!  

We will also continue the idea of a "Gratitude Project" , extolling in these young minds acts of kindness, thankfulness, and sharing.  Stay tuned for what may come! We're excited to see as well.

 

"The Pupil Project" at Cambria Heights Academy For New Literacies Q326

(Fall 2016  - Winter 2017)

Videography Instructor: Lloyd Crosdale-Roberts

Editing Instructor: Adam Ben Cohen 

Assistant Instructor/ Coordinator: Andrea Mendoza 

It's high school! Teen antics, hormones and all ...  and we love it!  Likewise, they love the opportunity to express their thoughts, beliefs, and ideas into a visual format (requiring more than their smartphone).  Instructors Lloyd Crosdale-Roberts, Adam Ben Cohen, and Assistant Andrea Mendoza are teaching these students videography and digital editing, with special attention paid to audio and lighting. These students become fully-equipped to hit the halls of Cambria Heights Academy and the streets of Jamaica, Queens to produce their take of the world around them. Each week we see sparks lit, and imaginations soar!  Stay tuned, as we will post their finished films right here for all to see!

 

"The Pupil Project" at The School of Authors PSMS108 East Harlem

(Fall 2016  - Winter 2017)

Photography Instructor: Arpi Pap  

Assistant Instructor/ Coordinator: Kristin Slaby

"The Pupil Project" introduced itself to the borough of Manhattan at The School of Authors PSMS108.  Our Instructors, Arpi Pap and Kristin Slaby, developed an immediate rapport with the students, and the kids love the program! Added to the fun is the fact that Arpi is a photography tech guru, and entices these kids curiosities with the latest image-gathering technology.  The lessons using the video drone and 360 degree camera are ones they won't soon forget!  This school is also situated near Central Park and provides some of the most serene scenics New York City has to offer. Landscape photography quickly became their niche.  All the photos in the grid were taken by the students - amazing talents evidenced above!

 

"The Pupil Project" at The The Community Learning School PS 335 Brooklyn

(Spring 2016)

Photography Instructor: Heath McBride.  

Assistant Instructor/ Coordinator: Hannah Suzanna 

Our afterschool photography program was invited to The Community Learning School PS 335 in Brooklyn to participate in a short program for ten special students to explore basic digital photography and photo editing.  They offered us a beautiful space, and we brought the rest! The students, ranging in age from 9yr to 11yr, and grades 3-5, were excited to put the cameras around their necks and put their technical skills to work! Instructors Heath McBride and Hannah Suzanna  joined these students every Friday afternoon for 5 weeks and took them through various techniques of photography skills, allowing the students to role-play as Portrait, Freestyle, and Studio Photographers.  

 

"The Pupil Project" at The St. Albans School PS36Q

(Spring 2016)

Photography Instructor: Wallace Hutchinson.  

Assistant Instructor/ Coordinator: Hana Porter

Thanks to discretionary funding from Queens Councilmember I. Daneek Miller"The Pupil Project" hosted this group of tech-savvy fifth graders at The St. Albans School PS36Q.  Although some have their own YouTube channels and are well-versed in gaming techniques, it was their first time learning and practicing digital photography.  Once a week, during two-hour sessions, this groups enjoyed mastering the possibilities of Nikon L840's from Instructors Wallace Hutchinson of Serenity Photo and Hana Porter. Although the settings were automatic they still conquered composition, lighting, and basic photo editing.  

This 5th Grade class also created a "Gratitude Project" as an inhouse exhibit and their graduating gift to the school. 

 

"The Pupil Project" at The Samuel Huntington School PS40Q

(Winter 2015 - Spring 2016)

Photography Instructor: Wallace Hutchinson.  *(His b/w photo was taken by Myasha A. Rogers, 10yr.)

Assistant Instructor/ Coordinator: Nyeka Nicholas, Hana Porter

"The Pupil Project" partnered with COMPASS @ PS40Q starting in the Fall of 2015 to deliver our mobile art education initiative to 4th and 5th grade students. Each student received their own camera (the same one each week) to learn and practice with during once-a-week, two hour sessions. Our Photography Instructor Wallace Hutchinson of Serenity Photo, with Coordinator Nyeka Nicholas, teaches a group of 20 kids basic digital photography and photo editing. (Actually, the students whizzed through the settings on our Nikon L840's, and displayed their technical genius very quickly.)