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Literacy in the Arts: Photography Workshop at Centers for Reading and Writing


"Smile! I want to take your portrait...It's too dark over here.... Is this a stolen portrait?" were some of the comments heard on Friday, March 26 at the Aguilar Branch when adult students from Aguilar and Harlem Centers for Reading and Writing rose from their seats to show off what they had just learned about portraits: consider the mood, the setting, the lighting, the point of view and the subject!

For the next 10 weeks, these lucky 20 students will be part of the Photography workshop, a "Literacy in the Arts" initiative funded by the New Ventures Committee of the St. James Church for adult literacy students. Leading them in their understanding of digital photography, photo essays, attributes of photographs and a study of their communities is Sol Aramendi, a New York based Argentinean educator and artist who strongly believes in Art Education as a tool to create a dialogue of understanding and social justice.

Students have been given their own digital cameras for the workshop series and will be exhibiting their work at the Harlem Library at the end of May. An album of their photos and writing will also be published. For more information, contact Elaine Sohn, Site Advisor, Aguilar Center for Reading and Writing.


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Just awesome!

Bravo to the NYPL, the teachers, and the students alike! What a wonderful program! I wish everyone a boat load of success and fun alike! Cheers!

Inspire, Advance, Strengthen

The Centers for Reading and Writing certainly emulates the mission statement of the New York Public Library. Students are given the opportunity to advance and strengthen themselves on a daily basis whether through reading, writing or the arts. How inspiring. Decklan Fox Literacy Education Specialist

CRW students

CRW students are so interested in learning about their new digital cameras and what makes a good photo. Last week they learned all about taking portraits and soon they will do a field trip into the community shooting pictures, and thinking about subject, foreground, background, and lighting! They write about everything they shoot. What better way to build their literacy skills! Be on the look out for their photo exhibit at the Harlem Library in June!!

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