Students invited to contribute to photography exhibition

Pool Academy students have been invited to take part in a photography exhibition at Heartlands.

 Kelly Thorne from 4Elementz

Kelly Thorne from 4Elementz

Kelly Thorne, from 4Elementz, visited the school’s art department this week to speak to students and teach them about taking portrait pictures.

During the workshop she explained that selfies were a form of portrait photography and encouraged the class to think about light, mood and backgrounds. She also demonstrated how angles, filters and editing helped to enhance photographs.

Kelly had brought along some specialist equipment she uses including a LED light and a reflector. Students were encouraged to take selfies or landscape portraits on their iPads and apply the different techniques they’d learnt.

Kelly said: “Students already take a lot of their own portraits when they are doing selfies. I was just helping them to learn about lighting and composition.

 Kelly with her LED light

Kelly with her LED light

“I have a space at Heartlands to create an exhibition and I would like students to contribute to that.”

Natalie Ellis, Head of Art at Pool Academy, said: “The students’ project at school is on portraits at the moment so this session has fitted in really well.”

4Elementz works to increase community engagement in creative arts and creates music videos and photography.