During the spring semester, the students in Centennial High’s Transition II program are learning to express themselves through photography.
Their semester-long project, Able Voices: Sharing Who We Are Through Our Photographs, was led by teaching artist Jen Vogus through the Artist in Residence grant from the Arts Council of Williamson County. The project focuses on what the students consider important parts of their lives, and the goal is to capture them in a picture.
“We started out the semester engaging in several getting-to-know-you activities so the students were able to create a shot list of the people, places and things that are most important to them,” Vogus said. “The best part has been seeing their faces light up when viewing their printed and mounted exhibit photographs.”
Along with exploring what is important to them, the students learned about different features of their cameras and the proper way to take photographs.
“The photography project with Jen Vogus has been an excellent opportunity for our students to show their independence and creativity,” said WCS Student Support Services High School Specialist Maria Griego.
The photos will be on display inside the Williamson County Community Services Building at 129 West Fowlkes St. from May until July.
“The exhibit will serve as a culminating experience that amplifies these students’ voices and illustrates the power of self-expression,” Vogus said. “Photography is a powerful tool to promote learning, build confidence and self-esteem, spark creativity, develop social skills and promote dialogue.”
A reception open to the public will be held on May 10 from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. to celebrate the students’ hard work.