Workshops teaches kids photography

(Photo by Nell Fredericks) A portrait photo of Paloma Ortiz taken by Nell Fredericks, a student of Jenny Connelly.

Jenny Connelly felt there were not a lot of after-school activities for middle school children. That’s why she started running workshops to teach them photography last year.

“It’s just great to have kids work in small groups and think about art,” she said. “They can develop their eye for communicating in pictures.”

The workshops, which are held in the gallery at the JP Seafood Café, are broken into two programs—one for beginners and one for more experienced students. The children learn such skills as how to take a portrait shot and are asked to go out on a simulated journalism assignment to take pictures.

Connelly, who has been a professional photographer for 18 years, said the workshops are for students between sixth and ninth grade. She believes that’s a perfect age because they are still young enough to want to learn new things, while old enough to understand the concepts.

A new six-week course will begin on May 1 and 2. For more information, visit or call 781-696-1138.

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