Category Archives: Photography Submissions

Topics in Multiculturalism Class Explores the Voices From The Land

ChristineZeidersA few years ago, I had the opportunity to participate in an amazing training weekend for teachers from the EIRC’s Monarch Teacher Network. It was called “Voices from the Land. ” The project blended lessons in the principles and elements of design, the elements of poetry, writing and environmental science as well as multiculturalism and multimedia.  We were informed by the beautiful and inspiring work of environmental artist Andy Goldsworthy, and wrote and published poetry based on our own environmental creations. I was thrilled for the opportunity to introduce this project to Central Penn College students in the Topics in Multiculturalism class on Earth Day, 2015.

The Voices From the Land project allows students to go outside and become one with nature, then allow nature to speak to them and through them. After several weeks of discussing how different cultural groups used art to promote social protest movements, students were open to imbuing their own thoughts and beliefs into this project using natural elements around them. After creating and photographing their artwork, they wrote poetry about them. Christine Zeiders sculpted natural elements to create the photograph you see on the left. Below are a few more photos and poems from my Spring 2015 class.  These students weren’t art or creative writing majors but they put a lot of effort into these projects and did a fabulous job.

JenaiaOnly She Knows

by Jenaia Everett

Only she knows what lies behind the center of her joy.

Fear, uncertainty, change and

hope encompasses her soul like the circle of life,

like the eye of a storm, who’s power swallows her emotions deep within.

Only she knows what lies behind the center of her joy.

The sky cries like the tears streaming down her face,

shedding darkness and dismay.

From the death of past hurt and pain, rises color,

happiness and light.

But only she knows what lies behind the center of her joy.

A new beginning, a new circle, a new life.

The calm and quiet well after the storm.

But only she knows what lies behind the center of her joy.

 

Sun Moon Star

by Matthew C. McCottryMatthew

Sun meets tree

high on the hill

Tree s t r e t c h e s

and leaves dance in

fading shadows

slowly

beneath the trees

Smooth, fluffy cotton surrounds the

opaque moon

Moon reveals its scars to a world

of dreamers

Night owls sing to the starlight above

stories of galaxies

framed in black

Sun, Moon, Star,  together eternal.

 

SarahYoung HollyRamsey:

Left: Sarah Young ;  Right: Holly Ramsey

Leave a Comment

Filed under Photography Submissions, Poetry

Send us your seasonal shots!

Spillway; Pine Grove Furance State Park

Spillway; Pine Grove Furnace State Park; Dr. Melissa Wehler

At The Central Pen, we are committed to all types of art and artists, including the visual arts.  We believe that creative expression, no matter the medium, has an important place in our education and in our lives.   Use our ‘Submission’ page to submit your best seasonal shots!

 

1 Comment

by | August 1, 2015 · 8:00 am

Photography Submission: Dr. Melissa Wehler

At The Central Pen, we are committed to all types of art and artists, including the visual arts.  We believe that creative expression, no matter the medium, has an important place in our education and in our lives.   With that said, please enjoy the following submission by a member of our creative community.


About the artist.

Dr. Melissa Wehler is the Dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences at Central Penn College.  When she is not teaching writing, literature, film, or cultural anthropology, she is an avid photographer and fiction writer, including the co-editor for The Central Pen.


Falling Creek; Little Buffalo State Park

IMG_5347

Autumn’s Last; Little Buffalo State Park

IMG_5471

Spokes; Little Buffalo State Park

1 Comment

by | December 6, 2014 · 8:14 pm

Photography Submission: Jeannette Archer-Simons

At The Central Pen, we are committed to all types of art and artists, including the visual arts.  We believe that creative expression, no matter the medium, has an important place in our education and in our lives.   With that said, please enjoy the following submission by a member of our creative community.

– – –

About the artist.

Jeannette Archer-Simons has served as an adjunct professor teaching business courses at Central Penn College for the last four years.  She is President of Archer-Simons Consulting Group specializing in nonprofit and small business development, strategy, turnaround and leadership transition.  She is a professional writer for multiple online publications, a national speaker and an amateur photographer.  She has been married to her best friend and husband Bob for nearly 35 years.

– – –

The following photographs were taken in scenic surroundings of Central Pennsylvania and feature the regions famous historical covered bridges.  Please click on an image to see it in full scale.

– – –

Jeannette Archer-Simons

– – –

Jeannette Archer-Simons

– – –

Covered Bridges

– – –

These photographs have been submitted to The Central Pen for inclusion in their e-zine and print editions and have been reproduced here by permission.  To submit your own creative work, see our submissions guidelines on our “Submissions” page.

1 Comment

Filed under Photography Submissions

Photography Submission: Shannon Zeller

At The Central Pen, we are committed to all types of art and artists, including the visual arts.  We believe that creative expression, no matter the medium, has an important place in our education and in our lives.   With that said, please enjoy the following submission by a member of our creative community.

– – –

Shannon Zeller took the following photograph called “Reflections” at a car wash, proving that there is beauty in the everyday.

– – –

Reflecting by Shannon Zeller

Reflecting by Shannon Zeller

– – –

About the artist.

Shannon Zeller has worked at Central Penn College since April 2002. She has two degrees from Central Penn, an Associate Degree in Travel and Tourism Operations and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and is currently pursuing an MS degree in Organizational Leadership from Southern New Hampshire University.

A little more about Shannon: I very earth-centered. I love trees and the ocean.  I am passionate about causes related to the environment and animal welfare.  Photography is one of my favorite pastimes and I have been taking photos since I was 15. I love to capture moments in time! My other interests include: interior decorating, traveling, and reading. I also enjoy outdoor concerts and festivals.

– – –

These photographs have been submitted to The Central Pen for inclusion in their e-zine and print editions and have been reproduced here by permission.  To submit your own creative work, see our submissions guidelines on our “Submissions” page.

Leave a Comment

Filed under Photography Submissions