Summer School at CSVPA is over, and we now look forward to meeting our new cohort and teaching them for the next nine months. It is a welcome return, as meeting a fresh batch of students weekin week out is hard work. You need to be able to keep up the enthusiasm, despite essentially showing them the same things.
One of the ways I do this is by setting myself a challenge. I like to practice what I preach, so I join my students in taking part in the activities I set them. This means using the entry level school cameras with their entry level lenses, and trying to put together a nice set of pictures. Each week I take them to the same spots, so the real challenge is looking for something new every time.
At the end of each week, the students edit all of their photos and compile their own book using the book making website Blurb. I have five weeks of summer school, so I collect my photos over a longer period then put them into a book as well. I can’t say I spent very long thinking about the layout and order, but it makes the lessons more fun for me and also makes it easier to demonstrate to students.