Lyric features the works of 63 Thompson School District middle school students who worked closely with Artworks studio artist Bob Campagna to create original photographic prints in Artworks’ darkroom. The project title, Lyric, stems from the integration of image and word.


Emilie Barbattini, Untitled, Silver Gelatin Print


“Lyric challenged students from six middle schools to be photographer, researcher and writer. Their “exploration through the lens” took them into Loveland and surrounding places like Berthoud, Lyons, Estes Park, Centerra, Boulder, Fort Collins, Windsor, Hygiene, and Timnath. Students utilize the camera for documentary and interpretive photography. They created their images in the magical, time-honored darkroom.
Students thoughtfully planned their routes to embark on a journey of discovery and writing. Extraordinary as well as simple details are photographed. Words are paired with images. These journeys can be timeless. No bells interrupt. No grades are assigned. Some photo techniques are used to make one-of-a-kind images. All are exhibit worthy. For this exhibit each student was also required to write or research a lyric to accompany their image.
Exhibit photos are printed on Ilford fiber-glossy, silver gelatin paper. They are mounted,  matted and framed utilizing acid-free materials to meet museum standards. The floating mount style of presentation was learned during my study in Ansel Adams’ archives in Yosemite National Park. The lyrics were hand-written by students with an acid-free pigment pen. The vellum parchment paper was then was burned on the edges to create a unique, rustic look.
In October, 2000 I presented my first photo workshop as a guest artist/teacher in the Thompson School District. Since then I have annually been privileged to teach photography to over 1,400 TSD students. These inter-disciplinary workshops utilize traditional, time-honored black and white film emulsion materials. As an artist within ArtWorks Loveland, a contemporary arts community, I am challenged, influenced and encouraged by my colleagues. Herein a professional darkroom was built which students utilize it to create these images.
Thank you student artists (and supportive parents), TSD colleagues Sue Teumer, Janice Marchman, Kelly Parks, Allison Hebert Martin, Mary Pat Hayden-Davis, Kristi Leonard and TSD GT coordinator Carol Swalley. Additional funding support was provided by NOVO Restoration and the NOCO Gifted Community. Artworks Loveland provides the darkroom and exhibit facility. In-kind materials are provided by Art of the Rockies and myself.”
-Robert Campagna, Artist/Educator