The Lake Middle School Art Enrichment class finished the school year with unique photography project that took students to the Hartville Marketplace & Flea Market. The project had them looking at the world with new perspectives.
Did you know there is a difference between a photo and a snapshot?
The students in Lake Middle School’s Art Enrichment class know the difference.
The class, with art teacher, Heather Boxler recently walked to the Hartville Marketplace & Flea Market to find intriguing things to photograph. The students used what they learned in class about photography and used their creative eyes to produce beautiful works of art from ordinary things such as cheese, Coke bottles, flowers and other items.
“The flea market is such a rich place,” Boxler said. “Every time I would drive buy I would see something cool.”
The students spent the morning at the Marketplace testing their skills and taking photographs. Student Faith Williams found an item that piqued her interest.
“On the bottom shelf there was this typewriter-looking thing,” Williams said. “It was an adding machine.”
Knowing it would make a cool picture, she snapped about 10 of them and then made edits to get just the vintage look she tried to capture.
“It was a fun time with friends, but we also got a project done, it was nice,” Williams said.
Student Dawson Miller eyed a bench at the market. He said it was the way the light glared off of the rust and the green on the copper that gave him the idea to take his photo.
Hannah Eicher said she liked the different angles of the lights she found at the entrance of the Marketplace. “It was cool how the light hit different places,” Eicher said noting her brother is a photographer and has a booth at the Marketplace. “Photography runs in our blood, because my father does it too; I got to use one of his expensive cameras for the project.”
Student Evyn Caiazza said she always liked to draw flowers and her mom likes to garden so she found just the right flower at the market to zoom in on. “I really liked the angle of it,” Caiazza said.
Student Jacob Hutcherson, a fan of Coke, was intrigued when he came across some old coke bottles.
“I have always liked old coke cans,” Hutcherson said. “I took different angles of the bottles and the one I really liked was from a worm’s eye view. I did it in black and white and it worked well for me.”
Alyssa Wolonsky zoned in on the Coke glasses using the photography tips she learned in class.
“I went with the lines,” Wolonsky siad. “I didn’t like the picture when I first took it, but when I did the editing I liked it so much better. I contrasted the light and did a worm’s eye view.”
The exposure to the photography assignment helps to prepare the students for high school, where they can take more advanced photography classes if they choose. Wolonsky, for one, plans to take photography in high school.
Page 2 of 2 - “I feel like my job here, at the middle school, is to at least get them to try to move on to art in high school,” Boxler said. “I had a bad middle school art teacher and at least half of those kids never wanted to take art again. I don’t want to be that. I want them to be just full at the freshman level so I introduce them to a bunch of stuff.”
Photography is the final project of the year. It follows lessons on graphic design, drawing and sculpting.