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FREE for Vets Photo Workshop Sat Nov 21

17 Nov 2020, Posted by Robin McGowan in Classes, Community, News, Press Releases

Veterans who have an interest in exploring photography as an art form, or who wish to refresh their skills are eligible to participate in a one-day photo bootcamp program at the Morean Arts Center in St. Petersburg on Saturday, Nov. 21 from 10 am to 4 pm.
The workshop is hosted by Morean Photography instructor Beth Reynolds and is designed to be a fun, single-day photography workshop. Fundamentals covered will include the buttons on your camera, how to see through your camera and take some control over your images. Basic composition, seeing light, and simple edits will be covered. Participants are encouraged to bring their camera, point and shoot or DSLR, fully charged. The manual for their device and questions.

The workshop is hosted by Morean Photography instructor Beth Reynolds and is designed to be a fun, single-day photography workshop. Fundamentals covered will include the buttons on your camera, how to see through your camera and take some control over your images. Basic composition, seeing light, and simple edits will be covered. Participants are encouraged to bring their camera, point and shoot or DSLR, fully charged. The manual for their device and questions.

“With cameras in hand we will practice on various settings and review images. Each skill builds a foundation so you are comfortable with the camera and not afraid of it,” said Reynolds. Each student leaves with a complete set of handouts to practice from and the course instructor’s email for photo emergencies.

The $110 workshop fee is being waived for Veterans thru the Morean’s Operation: Art of Valor program. Advance registration is required as the workshop size is limited. https://www.moreanartscenter.org/one-day-photography-boot-camp/

Established in the spring of 2018 at the Morean Glass Studio, Operation: Art of Valor began as a community-based arts program with James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital, one of several clinical sited for Creative Forces: NEA Military Healing Arts Network. The Network, is a partnership among the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA), the U.S. Department of Defense, and Department of Veteran Affairs and state agencies that serve the special needs of military patients and veterans who have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury and psychological health conditions such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The network consists of doctors, creative arts therapists, artists, arts organization staff and community members who believe in the transformative and restorative powers of the arts.

First established as the St. Petersburg Art Club 103 years ago, the Morean Arts Center has been committed to serving and connecting the community to arts. “Exposure to the arts and the conscious exploration of creativity empower participants with new tools for self-expression and is of critical importance while traditional support systems have been impacted by recent circumstances. It is our honor to facilitate the creative learning process for those who have served our country,” said Howayda Affan, Executive Director Morean Arts Center.

“We are exploring the design of programs that would use clay and other creative materials to achieve similar benefits,” explained Affan. “This work is aligned with our mission of connecting the entire community to art and our legacy of accessibility to art.”

Glass art and photographs created by Veterans thru the Operation: Art of Valor program are currently on exhibition in the Chihuly Collection in downtown St. Pete. Admission to the exhibition is included with Chihuly admissions.

The Operation: Art of Valor project is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture and the National Endowment for the Arts (Section 286.25, Florida Statutes).

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