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High/Low Key Portraits

America by Anthony Guillen

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Students in digital photography learned some basic studio lighting setups. In these portraits, they demonstrate low key lighting and high key lighting. In low key lighting, shadows help make more dramatic photographs, and high key lighting where a lot of light creates a more upbeat impression.

Memory Project: Puerto Rico

Artist: Erin Abeyta
Artist: Yazlin Juarez

The Memory Project is a charitable nonprofit organization that invites art teachers and their students to create portraits for youth around the world who have faced substantial challenges, such as neglect, abuse, loss of parents, violence, and extreme poverty.

This year, we received photographs of children from Puerto Rico. Each student in Advanced Art and AP Studio Art created a portrait for the child to receive. We were also able to raise money to send these portraits off and to aid the children in other ways. Lastly, eternal gratitude to our generous donors for making this project possible: Stephanie Senteno-Tapia, Tom Waldron, Joseph Jimenez, Jay Bennett, Jenna Heffernan, Joel Chappo, Jeannette Hernandez, Sean U’Ren, Dave MH, Kristen Pinta, Steve Francis, John Crone, Travis Flournoy, Cindy Romero, Abigail Figueroa, Marco Zuviate, Mia Leos, and Jean Chodos.

Color Gel Portraits

Photo by Victoria Kosmicki

Working with their knowledge of color theory and of portrait photography, students in Digital Photography worked with studio lighting and colored gels to create these dynamic portraits. Students also developed their skills in directing a model and creating interesting poses as they photographed their subject.

Memory Project 2017: Philippines

The Memory Project is a charitable nonprofit organization that invites art students to create portraits for youth around the world who have faced substantial challenges, such as neglect, abuse, loss of parents, violence, and extreme poverty.

This year, each student in AP Studio Art & Advanced Art received a photograph of a child from the Philippines and worked diligently to create a portrait for that child. As part of the project, the class raised $600 to donate to the organization. The money was used partly to deliver the portraits, but they also funded nutritional programs to further aid the children. 

Thank you to all who donated to help us make this project possible. Now watch this video and look at the portraits!

Memory Project 2017: Philippines from Mr Diaz on Vimeo.