Digital photography is an important component in the Art curriculum. Photography classes help students develop skills and techniques in aesthetic and commercial imaging. The digital process means great savings in film purchase and developing, as well as better analysis at the time of the "shoot."
While the exploration of digital photography will come as no shock, the application of digital technology to other artistic media may surprise you. It is this innovative application of technology that Brighton Education Fund sought to support with its grants to the Art Department.
All freshmen are photographed digitally, from which they produce a personal portrait. Students maintain portfolios of prints which serve as resources in hard copy to work from in other media. One advanced technique taught at BHS is the development of a three-dimensional photograph.
Students create video segments for use on the Morning Show, seen each day throughout the school. These segments may publicize special events, noted visitors or individual or group projects.
A popular unit of work in the Art curriculum involves researching the history of beads from very primitive times to the modern era. Special software supports the investigation and analysis of materials, color, and design using the computers in the technology lab. Informed and inspired by this research, the students make beads of their own design. Some of this work is displayed in a display case on the main floor of the high school.
story by Lawrence Root
photo by Gretchen Shafer
June 1, 2001