As part of the artist’s residency at the Lumiere d'Encre Gallery in Ceret, I had the honour of teaching two school workshops in Port-Vendres: one at Louis Pasteur primary school and the other at the Cote Vermeille secondary school.
I also led this kind of workshop for ten years in the Camargue and in 2010 in India at Mc Leod Ganj in English
Children, like the general audience of a few years ago, do not necessarily associate photographs with works of art. It seems to them that art is painting and that painting is art. Because photography is a mechanical reproduction of reality, a photograph would be an objective evidence.
These two beliefs will be questioned by practice and not by philosophical reflection. Children will see for themselves that one “makes” a photographic image just as much as one “takes” it. They will thus discover that photography stems from a project, that is to say from an intention.
The goal of these workshops is that children, knowing an image is a construction, will be much less gullible in front of advertising or politics.