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William Rasdell

About the artist

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Bill Rasdell is an accomplished professional photographer with an emphasis on producing fine art and documentary images. Bill’s current projects list includes a photographic study of life in present-day Cuba. In 1995 Bill first ventured to Cuba as a musician studying Afro-Cuban percussion and folklore at the University of Matanzas. Over the course of several visits, Bill has built an extensive body of work chronicling this crucial period in Cuban history. His images reveal the spirit of the vibrant people as they struggle in the face of prevailing obstacles. As a recipient of the 1999 Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship Award, Bill returned to Cuba in late 1999. In the course of his six-week residency he continued his studies of Afro-Cuban music and folklore and expanded his photographic journal of this land and her people.

Programs

Picture Power

Workshop

From advertising to internet memes photographic imagery has increasingly become a primary medium of persuasion. In this session students will engage in a discussion about what makes images powerful and persuasive and dissect how images may impact their lives. Students will create their own imagery to communicate a message.

This program meets standards in Critical Thinking
  • Grades: 6-89-12
  • Length: 45 min
  • Audience Limit: 30
Single: $85 Multiple: $75 Materials: $25 (if artist supplies students with cameras)

Capturing Human Presence through Photography

Residency

Students will study and describe the impact of the human presence on the earth’s natural environment considering both the positive and negative aspects. They will be divided into two groups representing each side of the issue, and both groups will produce a photo slideshow presentation defending their perspective.

This program meets standards in 21st Century Skills Communication Critical Thinking Environmental Life Skills Science Teamwork
  • Grades: 3-56-89-12
  • Length: 45 min
  • Audience Limit: 30

5-day: $438
Materials: $25 per classroom (if artist supplies students with cameras)

Explorations in Photography

Workshop

Students will learn the elements and principals of design as they study the photographer’s work and other gathered photos. Choose from two themes in the artist’s work: “South Africa and Migration” or “Daily Life in Cuba.” Other topics are available upon request. Cameras can be provided for student use during the workshop.

This program meets standards in 21st Century Skills Communication Critical Thinking Flexible Themes Life Skills
  • Grades: 6-89-12
  • Length: 45 min
  • Audience Limit: 30
Single: $85 Multiple: $75

Materials: $25 per classroom (if artist supplies students with cameras)

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