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VIRTUAL GROUP CLASSES: class size of 8, meets virtually on Zoom Monday-Friday 3-3:45, if you miss a class you will still have the lesson, examples and assignments in your packet. Packets will be shared to email addresses in google drive the Saturday before class along with the recurring Zoom meeting link.  Students need access to a camera, even a cell phone, or *there is an option to rent one from me for 3 weeks with home delivery to Boston families only.  You will also need a computer and the free version of Zoom.  Students will need to be able to get their images off their phones or cameras and onto the computer for reviews. Students will share their work with me via google drive at bigpicturearthouse@gmail.com for reviews and critiques during class (if you miss class I can do it another time with you).  General age suggested 11-15.  Also, a free editing tool that might be fun to play with is GIMP.  But it is not necessary to submit edited images.

If class is full or you are OLDER than our typical range, email me. I will consider adding a second class.

These can be taken together or separately. Each session is $75. Sign up for all 3 and take $25 off with disocunt code: ALLTHREE

March 30-April 3, Photo Essentials 1:The core building blocks will be taught with lessons and assignments in composition, perspective, lighting, framing, shooting down the line and foreground/middleground/background.  Each day will have a lesson, an assignment and review of several students' work.  On the final day we will review the highlighted selection from everyone and pick a weekly favorite image which applied our lessons best.

April 6-April 10, Photo Essentials 2: Additional building blocks will be taught as well as thinking about personal style, subject matter and portraiture.  Lessons and assignments in portraiture, motion, focal point, subject matter, choosing backgrounds and patterns and shapes.  Each day will have a lesson, an assignment and review of several students' work.  On the final day we will review the highlighted selection from everyone and pick a weekly favorite image which applied our lessons best.

April 13-17, Sense of Place: This class will take a documentary approach to image making.  Lessons and assignments in decisive moment, storytelling, using detail, medium and wide shots to establish a sense of place, self portraits, portraits, candids v posed imagery, mood, lighting, observation and exploring our home and family life visually. Each day will have a lesson, an assignment and review of several students' work.  On the final day we will review the highlighted selection from everyone and pick a weekly favorite image which applied our lessons best.

* I have decided to only offer single 3-week rentals of the program cameras for $75. BUT using an iphone is fine.  If you do rent a camera you need to be home between 12-4 the Sunday before class to receive it in a plastic bag with a battery charger, battery, image card, card reader and manual. It will pretty much be set up to go but a tutorial will also be delivered in google drive.

REMOTE LESSONS: learn individually at your own pace with personal lessons and critiques.

BASIC PACKAGE: 3 lessons with multiple samples, exercises and assignments with personal critiques for one student.  Each lesson has multiple teaching points.  Also included is 6 weeks of unlimited questions via text, email, Zoom, messenger, phone (your choice). Lessons and critiques are done in Zoom unless you have another virtual chat preference.  Jenny will help you set it up. Lesson folders are delivered in Google Drive. You can use your own camera, rent one from the program or even use a cell phone. $115.  

• Intro to Photo packet inlcudes all the building block tools to make great imagery as well as portraiture, using lines and patterns, focal point, video tutorials and choosing backgrounds . 

• Sense of Place packet (ready for delivery 3/26) is a documentary style of photo with lessons in black and white, lighting, storytelling, focal point, composition, backgrounds and will allow students to explore, process and share imagery related to their current experience at home and in their intimate worlds.

 BASIC PLUS SIBLINGS: add $40 per student to the above.

JUST THE LESSONS:  Just the lesson packet with no review, critiques or questions.  This includes lessons, exercises and photo examples for you to explore on your own. $65.
 

ADD ONS BOTH REMOTE AND IN-PERSON OPTIONS

ADD DSLR CAMERA RENTAL: For Boston people, Jenny will drop Nikon D100 camera body and lens, battery, battery charger, card reader and image card to your home in Boston (or nearby) with instructions. $75/ 3 weeks

ADDITIONAL LESSONS: Receive more lessons and assignments with reviews and critiques.  Each lesson includes 2 weeks of unlimited questions via email, text, facetime, zoom, google hang outs
, skype, Facebook messenger etc to Jenny. $35 each.



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We are keeping our eye on all recommended social interaction guidelines and are looking forward to a great summer! If you sign up after March 24 and things change with government warnings for summer gatherings you can get a credit or refund.

ALL CLASSES ARE $465 and for 11-15 Year Olds unless otherwise noted.

OTHER LOCATIONS:

1 week of programming June 29 in Rowley (North Shore) at The Clark School and one week of overnight camp July 20th in Sebago, Maine for girls.

PHOTO SAMPLES

ABOUT THE PROGRAM & STAFF

June 22-26: Photo Assignments 1 with Jenny see below

June 29-July 3: Photo Assignments 2  with Jenny Each day students have a different photo assignment while we explore the Hidden Gems of Boston.  Examples are: portraiture, landscape,  journalism, still life, travel, black & white, fashion. Two days will be spent on making proper exposures using our f-stop, shutter speed and ISO.  More advanced students can take it to another level with editing style and subject matter and focussing on technical elements of shutter speed and f-stop.  Newbies can get a grasp of what good photography is and their personal style.  Sample trips are to The Skate Park, Boston Common, The Old Manse, The North End, Salem, Eastie Marina and more.Take both of the above and get $50 off with code "TWOWEEKS" at check out.

CLASS IN ROWLEY, MA AT THE CLARK SCHOOL, June 29-July 3: Photo Essentials with Jeph Ellis, $495 Jeff will review the basic tools for creating strong work by teaching lessons in composition, lighting, focal point, subject matter and foreground/middleground/background. Jeff is a FT art teacher at the Clark School, muralist and photographer.  Field trips to such places as Salem Willows, Rockport and more. 

July 6-10: Developing Your Own Sense of Style Using Foundation Photo Tools with Jenny Students will learn to put together images that express their point of view and artistic style using the building blocks of photography.  Foundation lessons like composition, lighting, and foreground/middleground/background as well as lessons in symbolism, close, medium and wide shots, and focal point. We will think about how when put together the images give us a broader, rich story. Sample field trips to Fort Revere, Charlestown, North End. 


July 6-10:  Photo 101 with Stephanie We spend the week focussing on the foundation tools for making great photos like foreground middle ground background, composition, lighting, framing and more.  Sample field trips to Copley Square, Boston Common, Eastie marina and Castle Island.

July 13-17: Class & Culture  with Jenny Students will capture the same things like markets, parks, cars, gas stations, people, families, restaurants in various neighborhoods that are distinct by economic and cultural differences.  This will give us a visual comparison of different communities.  Sample field trips are to Beacon Hill, Eastie, Lynn, North Shore are like Rockport or Gloucester.  We will vote on both locations that deliver the diversity we are looking for but also choose some spots to have fun.

July 20-24: Photo Essentials: Girls Overnight in Sebago Maine 12-15 YO (mature 11 YO) $1075 with Jenny We are keeping it short and sweet this year! 4 nights, M-F in a beautiful spot directly on lake Sebago. Students will depart Monday at noon from Boston with Jenny and return Friday at 1pm with Jenny (no parent long hauls needed).  Each day we will focus on one aspect like Portraiture, Lighting, Landscape and Storytelling.  We will use building block tools to make visual work in those themes.  Downtime will include lake activities like kayaking, swimming, lounging in the hammock, and playing pool in the gameroom. CLICK HERE TO SEE HIGHLIGHTS FROM OVERNIGHT 2019

July 20-24: Fashion & Portraiture  We will use the street as our background focussing on using natural light, posing, working with subjects and choosing backdrops.  We will also take a couple days to stage and shoot our own fashion sessions around the city and learn how to approach fashion photography. Sample trips to Eastie Marina, Salem, Underground at the Ink Block.


 July 27-31: Working with Natural Light & Choosing Backdrops with Jenny We will explore proper use of light to highlight subjects, create mood and pleasing aesthetics.  We will also look at choosing the right backdrop to frame and enhance your subject.  Sometimes the backdrop comes first and then we wait for the right moment/subject to enter it. Sample field trips to Copley Square and BPL, ICA with boat ride to Eastie and Fort Revere.

July 27-31: Street & Documentary with Stephanie Students will learn to observe and then capture an image which speaks about the location they are in using tools like composition, decisive moment, motion in photos and black and white imagery. Sample trips to the Skate Park, Downtoen Crossing/Boston Common, Castle Island.

Aug 3-7: Summer in the City  with Jenny We will explore all the hot spots in Boston capturing both locals and tourists.  Lessons will be in journalism, composition, decisive moment and symbolism in photography.  Sample field trips to North End, Castle Island, Boston Common & Charlestown.


Aug 3-7: Coastal Boston with Stephanie This workshop takes us to waterways around Boston like "40 steps" in Nahant, Revere Beach, Castle Island, boat ride to Eastie from ICA.  Each day will have a photo challenge as we review and reinforce 2/3 rule of composition, black & white imagery, texture & landscape.

Aug 10-14: Surpise Surprise with Jenny  - We are going to kick it Old School like we did when Big Picture first started in 2012. And NOT PLAN AHEAD. Technical and aesthetic tools used to express ourselves with our work will be explored.  All lessons and trips will be decided on the spot each day in order to keep creative juices open and flowing and not restricted.  We will only go places we all agree on. 


Aug 17-21: Simmer Down 1 Our vibe is reflection and winding down our summer.  The pace will be slower and field trips will be to peaceful spots like Nantucket Beach, 40 Steps Nahant and the Public Garden.  Each day will have a core lesson such as 2/3 rule, perspective, lighting, framing and foreground/middleground/background. 

Aug 17-21: Simmer Down 2 see above

Contact: Jennifer Connelly

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ABOUT TEACHER/OWNER JENNY: She has four kids, 3 in BPS, 1 in college.  She has been a photographer since 1994, see JenniferConnellyPhoto, & has her own school portrait company, Photo Charm.  

ABOUT YOUR TEACHER STEPHANIE:  Stephanie is a dance instructor, co-founder of her own dance company We B Dancin and professional photographer also working in video media since 2001. https://stephanieespinalcreative.com

ABOUT TEACHER JEPH ELLIS:  Jeph is an actor, photographer & muralist with two children making their home in Rockport, MA.  He is a FT art teacher at the Clark School in Rowley, MA. Jephellis.com

            

Pick up/drop off in Jamaica Plain at the Soldier's Memorial, 1 South Street. Editing, lessons, downtime are at the Big Picture Home Teaching Space.