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Bobby Abrahamson

Booked Bobby is on leave of absence for the 2016/17 school year

RESIDENCY REQUEST

Book this artist using the Residency Request Form

RESIDENCY GOALS

  • Students will understand that photography is an important tool for increasing literacy and developing a sense of community and connection.
  • Students will (engage in) photography and media production projects that strengthen their literacy, communication and collaborative skills.
  • Students will learn to think critically about media’s influence in their lives, developing a better understanding of how and why media messages are constructed.

BIO

I have worked as a photographer and media educator for 25 years. My workshops enable students to examine their identities and their connection to their community, and to explore concepts and themes in other curricula; they engage students’ critical thinking skills about the role of media in their lives. Students are taught to examine how media messages are constructed, and are empowered to collaborate with classmates to create their own media messages.

DISCIPLINES

2D Visual Arts,

GRADE BANDS

3-5,6-8,

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

Spanish, 

WORK WITH STUDENTS

Residencies are structured to compliment core curriculum themes and goals. My approach to teaching is student-centered, with scaffolded lessons designed to challenge students and encourage self-expression. My classroom management is focused on building community and providing a safe environment where students are empowered to be active learners.  Residencies incorporate daily group circle “check-ins” and “check-outs” to foster community and inclusion. Critical thinking skills are cultivated through presentation of project examples and group discussions about curriculum connections and students’ individual experiences.  Students are supported in asking the questions “how” and “why” when they look at a photographic or media message.

 

For example, they are asked to answer the following questions:

  • How is this photograph or media message constructed?
  • What are the techniques or qualities that give it its meaning?
  • Why was this photograph or media message constructed?

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS

My residencies integrate well with social studies, language arts, social justice, and the individual’s role in society. They assist to explore narrative and character development in literature, and can be used to enhance community and personal responsibility. TV news residencies supplement history lessons to examine varying perspectives and multiple truths in reporting of current events and recording of history. Photo residencies can integrate with math and science to explore the physics of light, chemical reactions, and mathematic relationships of time and volume.

FEE INFO

$50 per hour for each hour of planning meetings, in-classroom teaching, reflection meetings, and prep and installation time; travel reimbursed at current tax return mileage rate; supplies cost approx $25-300 per workshop, depending on workshop.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact:

Questions? Contact your Right Brain Coach.

Phone:

503-225-5900 x229

Email:

kstrelchun@therightbraininitiative.org

Website:

http://www.bobbyabrahamson.com

REFERENCES

Tab Waterman

Art Teacher

tab@openmeadow.org

503-978-0809

Open Meadow Middle School, 7602 N Emerald Ave, Portland, OR 97217

6-8

Elizabeth Jensen

Program Director

elizabethj@openmeadow.org

503-978-0809

Open Meadow Middle School, 7602 N Emerald Ave, Portland, OR 97217

6-8

Reg Bradley

Executive Director

regbradley@comcast.net

503-730-9297

Media Arts & Technology Institute


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