Photo Academy – Learning to ‘Click’

Class # 36   Grades: 3- 4- 5

Class Overview

Do you love taking photos? Do you enjoy taking pictures of your favorite people, places and things? Come join us in Photo Academy as we turn our class into a photo studio! In this class you will become more confident using the features of a digital camera and learn fundamental photography techniques. We will learn about photo composition including the rule of thirds, background, perspective, framing, and lines, as well as how to use different camera ‘modes’. We’ll also learn and practice photo-editing techniques to improve the quality or add creativity to our photos. Throughout the class we’ll share a collection of our favorite pictures in a web album and finish with an on-line photo gallery. Before our time ends, photographers will be able to save all their images to a flash drive.

Some special highlights of the class include taking our cameras on a variety of photo safaris! We will take pictures in a nearby garden, at a local park, and even of places and events happening right at Summer Academy. Then we’ll travel a bit further away and view a photography exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. We’ll practice both plant and animal photography at the Como Zoo and Conservatory. We will also have a special guest photographer and visit a real photography studio!


Marie Burke

Marie Burke has been teaching for the past 16 years and has experience teaching 1st through 8th grade.  She is currently a 3rd grade teacher at Weaver Lake Elementary – a STEM school in Maple Grove.  She graduated from Bethel University with a BA in Elementary and Middle School education.  She also has a Master of Arts Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from St. Thomas University. When she’s not having fun in the classroom, she loves taking pictures and using photography to document the life and adventures of her family.

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