Portraits of classic literary figures, by Ms. Wash’s 7th grade students at The School for Creative Studies

This exhibition, now on view at the Durham County Library’s Main Branch at 300. N. Roxboro Street, features representations of classic literary figures made by students in Ms. Washalefsky’s language arts class at The School for Creative Studies. This LTP project built upon an in-depth study of a chosen character’s personality, motivations, goals, and struggles. Through an imaginative use of gesture, expression, symbol and background, the seventh graders’ photographs illuminate the contemporary appeal of such characters as Jo March, Piggy and Atticus Finch. Students’ first-person written narratives provide a glimpse into the inner world of their characters. The Durham students worked with Duke undergraduates in Literacy Through Photography, a class at the Center for Documentary Studies taught by Katie Hyde. (click on the images below to view larger versions)

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