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 at Albaron primary school in Camargue and in 2010 in English at the Tibetan Children's Village in Mc Leod Ganj in India.
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.