through their eyes

Every Tuesday evening we pick up our CSA box of fresh produce at a coffee shop in downtown Des Moines.  I usually ask my hubby to stop by and pick it up since he works in a nearby suburb and is often out, about and near the area.

This Tuesday I decided to have the kids and I pick up the CSA box and take advantage of the beautiful weather by packing a picnic dinner to have and enjoy down at the nearby PapaJohn sculpture park.  I called Dave to meet us there and join us after work.

Now that we are homeschooling, I wanted this 'field trip' to incorporate an educational aspect, so I told the kids to grab their cameras for a lesson in photography.

We talked ahead of time about framing the subject, (not always or necessarily on center) choosing which direction to best utilize the light, playing with shadows and glare, paying attention to what would be in the background and getting creative with their angle of the shot.

Here are a collection of the photos straight out of their cameras, no photo editing other than placing them in collage format.

Through Ben's (age 7) eyes:

Through Ellie's (age 9) eyes:

Through Maddi's (age 13) eyes:

Yep . . . totally loving this homeschooling gig.

Still to come . . . I promise . . . podding (we all love it) and photos of our homeschool space.  There are simlpy not enough hours in the day or available computers in the house to keep up with my special blogging space!!!


Heidi / D-Tales said...

Okay, first, what a cool park!!! I want to go there and look at the art!

You weren't just teaching them about photography. You were teaching them to appreciate art, too. Love that!

So happy for you! Love the way you're approaching your kids' education!!! Can't wait to read more about your homeschooling. But I'll be patient. I know it's not easy to find blogging time or computer space!!!

Roselady said...

Glad you're enjoying your freedom to have fun learning. I swear, anything can be a lesson.

Nikki of Our Diabetic Warrior said...

I am SO impressed! Isn't homeschooling just the best!

Denise aka 'Mom of Bean' said...

totally cool...the park, the pics, the lesson :)

Football and Fried Rice said...

I LOVE it!! There are just some AWESOME opportunities when you aren't rush, rush, rushing to do something unimportant, aren't there!?

Jen said...

Wow! Clearly the artists eye runs in the family...

Reyna said...

Holy COW!!! Very artsy! Clearly your gift infiltrates the whole fam. Missed you. xo

Jessie Bosley said...

Love Love Love the pictures the kiddos took, and what a great idea. I love the diffrence in each of there artistic views! They are going to be great whatever's someday!!!!! Luve them and keep up the good work!!! OH and call a sista back PLEASE!!!!

Tracy1918 said...

Amy, I'm so happy that homeschooling is going well. LOVE the pictures. They both have an awesome eye! I loved the pic of your shadows!

Anonymous said...

I love the shots. The head-on of the horse (one of my favorite pieces there) that Ben did is good.
I really liked Ellie's shot from inside the reader that framed Ben in letters.
and Maddi's views that are at a little different angle than the others shows a fearlessness. And some cool shading.
Wonder how your's would have looked and compared to the other photographers.