This distance learning exchange united three groups of students: University of the Arts photography majors, Centro Nueva Creación 5-12 year old photographers in North Philadelphia, and Mexican youth at Museo Imagina in Puebla, Mexico. 


I worked with two University of the Arts students to develop an 8 lesson unit of study that was age appropriate for elementary school children.  I implemented our lessons during an Art Education Residency through Arquetopia.  I taught the Mexican students digital photography and bookbinding techniques that resulted in 2 autobiographical books per student. 


Each Mexican student kept one copy of their book and upon returning to the United States, I brought the other copies to my students at Centro Nueva Creación to “introduce” the student partners. University of the Arts students then taught the same 8 lessons that we designed together to the students at Centro Nueva Creación. After the Centro students completed their books, we shipped one copy to their Mexican partners.

Mexico: Painting life sized self portraits on the first day of class

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Designing a superhero alter-ego

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Constructing book covers

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Illustrating the interior pages

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Lizbeth with the two books that she made

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My fantastic students at Museo Imagina

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Philadelphia: Students from Centro Nueva Creación and University of the Arts begin making book covers

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Joshua's front and back cover

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Carlos designing his book cover for Daniel, his partner from Mexico

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Book detail

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Pearl's finished books

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