Working under the theme of commitment, 5th graders in this program committed to their futures. They researched careers and read biographies of famous entrepreneurs, ground-breaking female athletes, and scientists who helped shape today's modern world. They wrote letters to their future selves about where they hope to be in a couple of decades and how they plan to get there. Simultaneously, with the help of Gordon Parks, Richard Avedon, Paul D'Amato, and Yousuf Karsh, among other photographers, they learned about portrait photography and thought about how they want to present themselves to the world. They learned how things like lighting, vantage point, clothing, body language, and facial expression can tell the viewer something about a person and convey a particular mood. They played with costumes and studio lighting. They visited the darkroom, the digital lab, and the extech lab at Columbia College Chicago. For their final images, they sketched a plan, brought in costumes and props, and partnered with Elizabeth Ernst's fashion photography students (Robby Mueller, Arielle Thomas, Kirby Davis, and Annette Patko) using professional equipment in Columbia's photography studio. Scroll to the right to see the whole project.

Center for Community Arts Partnerships
Project AIM
Crown Community Academy
Marcia Winkelmann's 5th grade
January — April 2013

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by Gordon Parks
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by Richard Avedon
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by Paul D'Amato
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by Yousuf Karsh
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Samajay
image by Robby Mueller
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Samajay
excerpt of letter to future self
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Samantha
image by Annette Patko
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Samantha
excerpt of letter to future self
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Mya
image by Robby Mueller
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Mya
excerpt of letter to future self
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Kaylee
image by Robby Mueller
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Kaylee
excerpt of letter to future self
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Keshaun
image by Robby Mueller
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Keshaun
excerpt of letter to future self
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Deauria
image by Robby Mueller
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Deauria
excerpt of letter to future self
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Dorothy
image by Annette Patko
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Dorothy
excerpt of letter to future self
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Alisha
image by Robby Mueller
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Alisha
excerpt of letter to future self