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Picture This!

HCP believes that everyone can profit from the creative and imaginative aspects of photography. As an important means of self-expression, it can strengthen a sense of self and develop confidence and competence creatively and professionally in individuals of all ages, backgrounds, and levels of arts exposure. HCP is committed to lifelong learning through the art of photography and seeks to educate the community about its history and process as well as the ways in which photography can be used as a tool for personal and community expression.

HCP’s outreach programs build community and support the organization’s mission of educating and inspiring the public with the art and practice of photography. HCP’s Outreach Team currently works in medical settings, including Texas Children’s Hospital, as well as schools and community centers like Wesley and The Shlenker School.

PictureThis!

PictureThis! is HCP’s five-module program curriculum, originally developed and implemented at Texas Children’s Hospital in 2002. It has since been taught at schools and community centers throughout the greater Houston area. Students participating in the program learn the importance of photography in communicating a message, how to use a camera, how to understand their place in the environment, and how to communicate their vision through exhibitions and public talks. HCP’s Outreach Team provides continuous feedback and constructive critique on the work created, offers assignments for students to work on their own time, and show examples from other photographers to provide inspiration that sparks the students’ imaginations. Throughout the program, students will search for their personal vision and will embark on the creation of a series of work that will be showcased upon their completion of the program.

Module 1: Reading a Photograph: Intro to Photography
Module 2: Understanding How the Camera Works
Module 3: I See You, I See Me: Exploration in Portraiture
Module 4: The World Around Me: Exploring the Environment
Module 5: Sharing Your Photograph

Flash Drive

The Flash Drive—HCP's mobile photography education unit—made its debut during the national Global Alliance for Arts and Health Conference held in Houston April 9–12, 2014, and then to the general public at the Houston Art Car Parade on May 10, 2014.The Flash Drive allows PictureThis! to reach new audiences by offering programs to the greater Houston area.

Family Day

During Family Day, Houston Center for Photography fills our galleries with art-making stations and interactive activities for children of all ages to explore HCP’s exhibitions together. Family Days are free, open to the public, and include story time, snacks, and lots of fun for all ages.

Upcoming Family Days:
December 12, 2015
March 19, 2016
July 30, 2016

Collaborations

Collaborations is a program that connects 20 Houston-area high school students to each other and to photography, culminating in a professionally mounted exhibition at HCP. Over the course of 8-10 weeks, HCP brings in professionals and artists to cover such topics like the business of photography, publishing, preparing for portfolio reviews, and writing artist statements. HCP also teaches students how to print and mount their work in a professional manner and fosters the students’ public speaking and presentation skills through artist talks and a print sale which are attended by the general public in HCP’s galleries.

The work created in the program has been the platform for many of the students' college applications, and the relationships built extend beyond the program, not only with each other but also with HCP. The Collaborations program provides students across various socioeconomic backgrounds the opportunity to build relationships and skills that they can use creatively and professionally throughout their lives. Scholarships are available.

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