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Children’s Photographs Exhibited From Daemen-Community Project
Children’s Photographs Exhibited From Daemen-Community Project

Buffalo area elementary students displayed photographs that show their creative views of the community and environment at a Nov. 11 exhibit that culminated a collaborative project with Daemen College.

Images from the Seneca Babcock Children’s Photo Show were available for purchase with proceeds benefiting the Seneca Babcock After School Program.

During the five-week project, Daemen art education students worked with a dozen children in the after school program and instructed them on the basics of camera use. The young participants were then introduced to works by Jay Masiel, an acclaimed photographer best known for his unique perspective on capturing the environment and everyday life.

“Jay Masiel wants people to see ordinary things in extraordinary ways through his images so we assisted the youngsters with using that focus when taking purposeful photographs of their surrounding environment and community,” said Dr. Mary Wolf, Daemen art education director, who oversaw the project.

Guiding activities, including scavenger hunts, photographing specific items or places and taking three photos of the same thing but in different ways, were used to inspire the young photographers. Daemen students guided the children through the process and supervised them as they took photos in the Seneca Babcock community.

“With this project, Daemen students received valuable experience in planning and implementing art lessons and engaging in art advocacy,” said Wolf. “They also learned about building rapport with the elementary students, managing student behavior and offering feedback to help the young participants improve their skills.”

This year’s photo project follows an initial effort conducted last year with middle school students in the Seneca Babcock area. It was a resounding success and generated such great interest from elementary students that this year’s project was done specifically for the younger children, explained Wolf.

The “Seneca Babcock Through the Eyes, Hearts and Art of Children: Part II” project was an effort of the Daemen-Seneca Babcock Partnership established by the college’s Center for Sustainable Communities and Civic Engagement. The collaborative project was funded by the college’s Student-Faculty Interdisciplinary Think Tank.

Daemen student participants included Kathryn Haessner of Moravia; Rebecca Haley of East Amherst; Nicole Pauldine of Sterling; and Emily Yeager of Endwell. In addition to Wolf, Cheryl Bird, executive director of the Daemen CSCCE, was involved with the project.

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