Ok, exams are over for the kids so it is back to normal classes. Earlier in the day i took them to Gannavaram on a photography field trip. During the return journey we piled 11 of us, including driver into a 6 person motor rickshaw, a record for me at least. Drivers have been known to cram in extra bodies by seating new passengers on existing passengers’ knees…for this you pay 5 rupees or 6 pence/ 7 cents. If you want the luxury of an auto rickshaw to yourself it will set you back 30 rupees (39 pence/ 42 cents).
Here is some of their work:
I HAVE LOST MY VOICE……COMPLETELY!!! MADE CLASSES A BIT OF A CHALLENGE TODAY, BUT STUDENTS WERE VERY NICE AND PAID ATTENTION TO MY CROAKY WHISPER, THEY DID REALLY GOOD WORK TODAY.
Another revelation: Discovered at school today that the art teacher here has kind of been hogging the camera!!! I usually split the photography group in 2 (we have 2 cameras) and after a short lesson and brief, i send them out on their own to take pics. Turns out the teacher who always follows one of the groups (i leave mine to get on with it) has been taking most of the photos. I actually had to ask her to let the students have a go and had to get them to take more photos. On the other hand its kind of lovely that she is so keen, i think she has concentrated mostly on painting and arts and crafts so the whole photography thing is new to her too. Anyway now i know…regardless, today’s class on composition went really well, here are some of their photos (age 12-15)
Yesterdays’s lesson was about portraiture, and this rather brilliant portrait was also taken by a pupil.
Took some art classes today, two with 9 – 12 year olds and another with 12 – 15 year olds.
The methodology for teaching here normally involves the teacher drawing on the blackboard and the kids copying so i think i flummoxed them a bit when i asked them to draw themselves, a bit pedestrian i know for a first lesson, but i just wanted to gauge what each one can do and their level of interest. Next week will try to get them making things. Did a composition and practical photography class with the older kids, a lot of whom had never taken a photo before. They took to it with unbridled enthusiasm. Here are some of their photos, some of which are brilliant, cant wait to see what they do next.
…them photographing me photographing them, their picture is much better than mine…
…running to take photos, really they were unbelievably keen…
hottest day here so far by the way, 37 degrees with 80 percent humidity…