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ShutterSTEM An interdisciplinary arts course for teenagers merging the arts and sciences.

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In a world that increasingly demands creative and critical thinking, the intersection of arts and sciences becomes a fertile ground for innovation and exploration. The interdisciplinary arts course I propose aims to break down the traditional barriers between these two seemingly disparate fields, fostering a holistic approach to learning that not only makes the arts more accessible but also utilises creativity as a powerful tool for expanded understanding.

The primary goal of this course is to equip students with practical skills in photography while instilling confidence in their creative abilities. The intention is not only to nurture artistic talent but also to demonstrate the symbiotic relationship between the arts and sciences. By merging these disciplines, students will not only learn the technical aspects of photography but also understand the scientific principles behind light, optics, and image processing.

The course structure will be designed to seamlessly integrate scientific concepts into photography lessons, creating a dynamic learning experience. For instance, lessons on the basic functions of a camera will link this to lens refractions (physics) and the human eye (biology). Similarly, understanding the physics of light will enhance students' grasp of exposure and the manipulation of natural and artificial light sources in photography. 

By linking these subjects, we aim to dispel the notion that creativity and science are mutually exclusive. Through hands-on projects and real-world applications, students will witness how the arts and sciences collaborate to create a richer and more nuanced understanding of the world. This approach not only enhances their technical skills but also cultivates a mindset that embraces interdisciplinary thinking.

To make this vision a reality, I plan to secure funding for a dedicated learning and exhibition space. The space will not only serve as a classroom but also function as a gallery directed entirely by young people. This innovative approach aims to empower students to take ownership of their learning environment, fostering a sense of responsibility and pride in their work.

Moreover, envisioning the space as a studio for young artists emphasises the practical and vocational aspects of the course. This dual-purpose facility would not only showcase their creations but also provide a platform for aspiring artists to collaborate, experiment, and grow in a supportive community. The long-term goal is to create a space that not only nurtures creativity but actively contributes to the local arts scene.

To initiate this journey, the first step involves launching a two-week summer course. This condensed program will provide students with foundational photography skills while highlighting the interdisciplinary nature of the arts. Through interactive lessons, practical exercises, and guest lectures from professionals at the crossroads of art and science, students will gain insights that extend beyond the confines of a traditional classroom.

The ultimate objective is not just to teach a skill but to foster a mindset that views creativity as an integral part of education, paving the way for a future where young artists can shape their own learning spaces and contribute meaningfully to the world of art and science.

  • Sara Romanin Jacur

    Sara is an emerging documentary photographer hailing from Italy and currently based in London. She draws inspiration from her surroundings and is committed to telling untold stories through her lens, advocating for voices usually overlooked by mainstream media. Passionate about social inclusion, Sara's work transcends the boundaries of conventional documentary photography. Themes of intersectional feminism, identity, and cultural diversity form the core of her artistic exploration. Through her lens, Sara strives to amplify the voices of those whose experiences are typically marginalized. Beyond her work as a photographer, Sara is a devoted educator. With a rich background working with children of various ages, she has developed a profound commitment to making the arts accessible to young minds. Recognizing the interconnectedness of disciplines, especially the synergy between arts and STEM subjects, Sara endeavours to create courses that enable children to perceive the broader context and utility of the arts. Sara's journey is marked by a sincere belief in the transformative power of storytelling and the arts, making her a compelling advocate for social change and a dynamic force within the realm of documentary photography and education.