Portraits of Students with Mural Paintings
My previous post presented art documentation photographs of amazing mural paintings created by student artists. They were painted at Global Leadership Academy, the school in Denver, Colorado where I teach. The murals represent the character traits and the school mascot; this project has really helped to instill school pride and identity in our students and staff. If you missed that post, here is the link:
Photographing the paintings was the first phase of my work on this school character trait project. I also photographed each painting again with a group portrait of the student artists who created each mural. Let me say, it was far easier to photograph the paintings alone! However, with a good sense of humor, a lot of patience and much perseverance, I am very happy with the results of the students’ group portraits with their murals. 5×7 metallic prints of these portraits will be mounted on wood plaques, including brass engraved plates listing the artists’ names. These plaques will be displayed alongside the character trait mural paintings in the school. Here are the final edits of the photos that will be included on the plaques:
It was my honor to be a part of a project which helped instill both a love of art as well as an understanding of the importance of good character into our school culture. I’m proud to work at Global Leadership Academy, Mapleton Public Schools, Denver, Colorado ~ home of the Pumas!
A separate post will follow about the lighting techniques I used for both the art documentation photos and the student portraits with their art. This project gave me a great chance to practice lighting techniques I learned on The Flash Bus Tour, a strobe lighting training presented by David Hobby & Joe McNally, in Denver this past March, 2011. I’m eager to share another post detailing how I applied lighting skills I learned at the training to this shoot. So stay tuned….
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