Excel Photography Program

Susan Tusa photo EXCEL Program

Excel Photography Program engages local middle-school students students in an after-school, project-based photography
and leadership development curricula coupled with exciting
field trips throughout southeastern Michigan.

This 10-month program provides instruction in the technical
and aesthetic aspects of 35mm digital photography and an
introduction to the foundations of black and white film photography. Photographic assignments are outcome-based in that students plan and execute their ideas, and evaluate their finished projects through student-led critiques.

In June, the Excel program culminates with a reception and a photography exhibition featuring students’ works coupled with their artist statements. Click here to view the Focus: HOPE Excel Photography Exhibition 2012 video.

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Excel Photography Program Goals and Objectives

Excels’s format is designed to provide participants with individualized instruction via mentor-led teams. This model accommodates each student’s strengths and weaknesses, and fosters positive relationships between young people and caring adults.

Special Friday evening and Saturday field trips introduce students to local cultural institutions, regional events, and new neighborhoods outside of their daily lives. Students experience exciting photo shoots at locations such as: Historic Eastern Market, Cranbrook Educational Campus, Detroit Institute of Arts, Historic Trinity Church, Belle Isle, downtown Royal Oak, Mexican Town, College for Creative Studies, Yates Cider Mill, U of M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Greenfield Village, The Heidelberg Project, and more.

Excel also serves as an outlet to elevate success levels of participants. Each student participates in self-development and leadership activities with the goal of cultivating self- confidence, self-esteem, self-discipline, and a heightened interest in life-long learning.