Our Fine Arts department offers four ascending levels of photography that work to activate, develop and maximize a student’s ability to recognize, capture, edit, share, critique and reflect upon the world around us. Photography may seem redundant in these days of social media and the proliferation of digital devices with built-in cameras, however, it is our feeling that it is in fact this digital proliferation that forces us, now more than ever, to acknowledge that there still exists a vast and important aspect to living and communication called the art of photography.
It is our goal to inspire students, amidst this unprecedented world of image-capturing devices, to appreciate and strive to create strong and evocative images that still must embrace the fundamental elements of art, reveal an understanding of aesthetic quality, and contain layers of meaning.
Beyond developing students’ desires to capture and better understand our world through photography, Ascension works to purposefully advocate the organizational, interpretive/critical skills, written and orally, through this unquestionably inspiring and influential art form called photography.
SMP Photography, History of Cinema