The Art of Re-Engagement

As part of the credit requirements toward their high school diplomas through the High School Completion Program, Paul Secoy and Michelle Barrett are earning art credit by studying photography with professional photographer Christine Glade.

“Neither student had previously given photography much attention, other than snapping photos of friends with their phones,” Glade said.  “But after only a few sessions, each of them demonstrate a natural eye and a strong understanding of the fundamental photography concepts we’ve covered so far. Their work is thoughtful. I’m very impressed.”

Samples of their work:

Photography Class: Repetition and Pattern

Above are the tall pines near our building in Manchester. Michelle took that image as part of a study of repetition and pattern.

Below her image of raindrops and the distant hills was part of an assignment on foreground and background.

Photography Class: Foreground and Background

Paul Secoy showed off his understanding of subject, rule of thirds, and pattern with this photo of his new puppy.
Photography Class: Foreground and Background

And also captured a wonderful image demonstrating foreground and background.

Photography Class: Foreground and Background

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What we hear...

“[The student] has made significant gains in reading. Her MAP reading score in September was 156 and on the first percentile. We have just finished our spring testing and she is now on the 45th percentile with a score of 188. She is now performing at grade level. All around, she is much happier and confident. Her parents and I can see a big difference in attitude.”
— Teacher, Grade 2, Bennington, VT.

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