Ever wonder what it’s like to view the world through a child’s eyes? This summer, SBMA‘s Art in Motion Program caught 25 pre-school students’ perspectives in black and white film. Through August 23, photographs taken by these children, in which they play the role of both the photographer and subject, will be on display in the Museum store windows.
The project all started with a family field trip to the Portrayal/Betrayal exhibit, where children discussed the portraits with their families. Afterward, the children, all from Storyteller Children’s Center, experimented with the basic shapes of the human face using collages and drawings, with the help of SBMA’s Teaching Artist, Tina Villadolid. They were then given disposable black and white film cameras to direct and shoot portraits in settings, poses and frames that they had chosen themselves. By letting the children act as directors, their photographs offer a unique view of the world through a child’s eyes– what resulted was a playful look at how children view others.
All of this is possible because of Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s program Art in Motion (AIM). AIM serves at-risk, low-income youth in the Santa Barbara area, connecting families and children to the Museum and emphasizes the importance of connecting to the world through art.
-Taylor Micaela Davis