Rainbow Chaser Project    (Virtual teaching also available during Covid-19)

Rainbow Chaser Project

​To..

  • have fun with photography

  • learn vital skills

  • see the world through a new perspective

Being outdoors and interacting with natural surroundings help us in developing vital skills

Some of the important skills that can be learnt through such interactions are..

Indoor activities on bad-weather days can be a lot of fun when spent on creative pursuits

Learn to focus, create, understand, be mindful and become aware.

Project - See the Light

Once the role of light is learnt, the rest is down to creativity. 

Participants' Gallery

Some examples of youngsters' works.

Affects of Covid-19 and how I can support the young:

 

This year was like a blur.

It moved fast, but still seemed like it took a long time, leaving much misery in its wake.

People of all age groups affected in one way or the other. 

Some in an obvious manner, but many enduring invisible sufferings.

 

Young people are finding it extremely difficult as their developing brains are unable to process life's anomalies thrown at them without any warning.

It becomes our duty, as adults, to equip them with skills so they can cope with this situation and remain hopeful for a positive and happy future.

Credit goes to all the school staff, the carers, the dinner ladies, the medical personnel, counsellors, therapists and all those who have diligently worked towards making a positive impact in the lives of the children and, by extension, of their families.

 

As a photographer, I can contribute through my Photography as a Life Skill programme for the young. 

Like for everyone else, my workshops had to be put on hold until we came out of Covid-19.

My workshops are now being booked for the new year.

Please get in touch.

 

INSET Day Photography at Ashton House School, Isleworth.                                                                                         Return Home

Very informative and fun session. Learned a lot. Thanks Sapna. -- Angela Stewart, Headteacher, AHS

Fantastic session. Thank you Sapna. The slideshow at the beginning was really well balanced + paced and pitched perfectly to welcome staff back to work. The practical session was lovely and lively and evidence that the style of delivery was approachable and friendly. Thank you for all your preparation. Kate Hogan, Deputy Headteacher, AHS.

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Indoor Creativity                                                                                                                                                                                                               

The beauty of creative activities is that they can continue even when the weather is not perfect for stepping outdoors. We all have abundant things around our own homes or classrooms that can be used to create interesting images, even abstracts.

Interacting with others and bouncing off ideas increase confidence. It also raises awareness of ourselves and our surroundings. Over a time, this can become a habit that can help in our ability to concentrate.  

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Create Still-life with handy objects

Create Still-life with handy objects

Every place has things that can safely be used to create beautiful still-life.

Composition

Composition

Rule of thirds with ordinary objects.

An apple a day

An apple a day

Discuss, have fun, talk about food and the various ways to display them.

Play with shadows.

Play with shadows.

Bouncing off ideas can lead to very interesting compositions and play with shadows.

Think about your food

Think about your food

When photographing a certain food, children can engage in knowing more about the food. Introducing healthy foods can help raise their awareness of healthy eating.

Focussing Skills

Focussing Skills

Learning to focus on a spot, and to photograph that spot by blurring the background.

Shapes

Shapes

Objects and their different shapes are very fascinating for children when they are photographing them.

Creative Thinking

Creative Thinking

It helps to create images in the mind before starting to work. Bouncing off ideas to create compositions is a great way to learn.

Observe Shapes, Textures and Colours

Observe Shapes, Textures and Colours

Get them to bring different kinds of dried leaves, flowers, fruits, stones. Let them observe their shapes, textures, colours.

Food for Thought

Food for Thought

Children can start photographing their favourite snack. Cookies, crisps, chips, juice cartons, and such, make for great food images.

Start Loving Vegetables

Start Loving Vegetables

Photographing food that they are reluctant to eat can make them think about the goodness of them.

 

Project - See The Light                                                                                                                                                                   Return Home

Winning series - Egg carton - a photographic series by team of 4- Alexa, Sophie, Jade and Ali - Directed by Sophie

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Project "See the Light"

This was a project youngsters recently worked on. 

The first part of the session was to get the kids to observe carefully the still-life photographs and paintings by various artists to understand the role of light in creating pictures. 

Props were then laid out on the table but kids had to figure out themselves how to arrange the items, how to place them in a way where they can make use of the available light and how to photograph them. It was so rewarding to see them all come up with their ideas and experiment. They were also shown how filters and panoramic mode can be used to create a different kind of look.

Kids were tasked with creating a series as a task at home. They sent me their work. The winning series is posted on the page.

Throughout the session, the kids were supported and taught the technical aspects of the camera. They were helped but were encouraged to try on their own first.

These are some examples of what they have been doing since. :)

More photos to follow....

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Interaction with Nature                                                                                                                        Return Home

Some of the of essential skills learnt by interacting with the outdoor natural environment

Makes us think

Makes us think

Nature creates a unique sense of wonder and intrigue which helps in learning

It builds confidence

It builds confidence

Because we interact with others and the outdoor environment.

It promotes creativity & imagination

It promotes creativity & imagination

As we learn to create and invent in the unstructured outdoor environment.

Gets us moving

Gets us moving

Provides more physical exercise, making us focussed as we observe, absorb, enjoy the surrounding.

It teaches responsibility

It teaches responsibility

As we learn to care of our natural habitat

It activates all senses

It activates all senses

As we see, hear, smell and touch outdoor environment.

It reduces stress and fatigue

It reduces stress and fatigue

Fascination in the natural environment creates a feeling of pleasure.

Aids sleeping

Aids sleeping

Physical fitness and reduction of stress help in sleeping well.

Makes us think

Makes us think

Nature creates a unique sense of wonder and intrigue which helps in learning

Good for mental health

Good for mental health

As we remain productively busy, get physical exercise, and interact with the outside world

 

Participants' Gallery - Selected images                                                                                                                                                                 Return Home

Experimenting with composition. Best way to learn how to observe lines, colours, textures, and shapes is to continue photographing small portions of the interiors of your home or school, and the outdoor spaces such as gardens, local parks or other easily accessible places. The secret is to continue photographing to understand the role of light in creating photographs. Objects around the room can make for very interesting photographs on bad weather days.

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It reduces stress and fatigue

Fascination in the natural environment creates a feeling of pleasure.