Media Arts

empowering students with media tools to develop their creative voice and promote change


Surrealism (8th grade)

Is that for real? The answer to that is up for debate and no doubt Media Arts students still cringe at the though of adding one more detailed shadow after it being so drilled into them. It sells the photo though and whether your being stepped on, levitating or flying above the city, the blending of reality and imagination was the topic of our most recent projects. 

Steel Wool Photography (8th grade)

Several weeks ago, AIMS photography students met up at night for an evening photo shoot where we lit steel wool on fire and spun it around. By setting a 15 second shutter speed and adjusting our other light controls accordingly, our cameras recorded every spark and light trail which produced the photos above. 

Black and White (7th grade)

Media Arts students only shoot with their cameras in manual mode which teaches them a lot about lighting controls and advances their knowledge to successfully shoot in a variety of conditions without relying on the camera to do all the thinking. For the above black and white shots, we focused on capturing contrast, texture and shape and then edited our photos in Photoshop to create a black and white effect tailored to each photo. 

Camera Angles (7th Grade)

Change your camera angle and change the way you see the world was a big focus of this project as we walked around the beautiful Fort Hayes campus and focused on extreme close up and low angles. In order to get some of these shots, students had to get in close, lay down, look up and, as always, pay special attention to adjusting their aperture, shutter speed and ISO. All post production was done in Photoshop using selection tools and adjustment layers. 

Gun Violence (8th Grade)

In some way, each of us are affected by gun violence, and some more than others. After discussing why so much gun violence exists we took to our cameras and Photoshop to capture and share our response. While focusing on learning the relationship between aperture, shutter speed, and ISO in the context of portraiture, students paired up and took photos of each other. Every portrait was captured by a student and all the post production and editing was done by the student in the photo. 

Double Exposure (8th Grade)

Double exposing photos is a practice that has existed for decades and that was the focus of this project while seeking to better understand composition and focal points in photography and the basics of masking in Photoshop. Students had to connect the overlaid photo in some way to an interest they have in order to make a deeper and more personal connection. All portraits and post production was completed by students. 


I'm Mr. Clemente and it's my joy every day to develop and encourage the next generation of young artists. My goal in this course whether we are learning about photography, graphic design, filmmaking or audio production is to use these media tools to empower students to share their voice about the world around them and to develop their creative voice. In addition to what I teach my own students, I partner with many of our academic teachers to integrate media arts into their classrooms.

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