Visual Poetry Jam

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A Visual Poetry Jam session is a free one-day session where you get to learn how to use a cellphone like an expensive DSLR camera and learn to edit your photos with the same program used by professional photographers.  It is an arts program sure but mostly it is an award-winning creative wellbeing program too.

It is taught by a past winner of New Zealand's Creative Photographer of the Year


Gisborne Library ClickHappy collaboration supported by Creative Communities Gisborne.

♬ By Your Side - Lucas Estrada & Alex Alexander

As this is a photography course we will be taking photographs of each other and sharing them.  Some of the images might be used to promote the work of the students in the course and be provided to our funders in reports.  Therefore we need permission to photograph you or your child in order to participate.   By signing this form you will be giving us permission to photograph and use the images to promote the work of the youth and Click Happy as a program. 

There are no costs invloved and the online mentorship is free for New Zealand Youth.
Clear Signature
I acknowledge that the workshop will have photography taking place. We make TikTok Videos during the session to celebrate what we are doing and so if you don't want to be in the videos it is your responsibility to let us know at the beginning of the workshop so that we can avoid filming you. If you do not alert us then you give Click Happy employees, agents and successors the following rights: 1. to photograph, film, digitally record or video-record me and/or my child/ children; and 2. to make sound and voice recordings of me and/or my child/ children. These may be used now and in the future in any way that may be required. These reproductions or representations may appear as still camera photography and/or video images and/or digital images. Examples of uses include (but are not limited to) transmission in any manner and/or digital release, publication on the internet including social media, in promotional and educational material, in public exhibition or made available to our event collaborative partners (libraries, schools, and funders), both in New Zealand and overseas. Copyright, storing and ownership of the work will rest with Click Happy.

At the One day Visual Poetry Jam learn how to a cellphone like a DSLR:

  • How to freeze and blur motion.
  • How to blur the background in images (depending on the phone you bring)
  • How to improve their image composition
  • How to change colours in the images and make them richer and deeper.
  • How to edit images in Lightroom (a free app used by professional photographers)
  • What creative grit is and how to develop it.
  • How to build a creative community through collaboration and compassionate critiquing of each other's work.

What do you need to attend the Visual Poetry Jam Day?

  • Use of a cellphone or Ipad that has the following organized before the day.
    • Enough room cleared so that they can take ample photos
    • Fully charged with a charging cable and plug
    • Lightroom App downloaded
    • Links to those apps are found here:
    • Apple
    • Android
  • Terms and conditions signed by an adult
  • Lunch/snacks etc
  • Warm/wet clothing depending on the weather

What does it cost?

  • Nothing, it is free to attend thanks to our sponsors. (See down below)

Our wonderfully amazing brilliant funders & sponsors

Every Body Is A Treasure Charitable Trust
Funders & Sponsors 2020/2021/2022/2023/2024
Lotto Scale-Up Wellington Community Trust ANZ

  • Far North
  • Rodney North Shore
  • Waitakere City
  • Manukau
  • Papakura Franklin
  • Kirikiriroa / Hamilton City
  • South Waikato
  • Rotorua
  • Tongariro
  • Hutt Valley
  • Wellington
  • Central Otago
  • Coastal Otago / Waitaki
  • Wairarapa
  • Kahungunu Ki Heretaunga
  • Tamatea / Tamaki-Nui-A-Rua
  • Great Barrier
  • Manawatu / Horowhenua
  • Whanganui / Waimarino / Rangitikei
  • Auckland City
  • South Taranaki
  • Marlborough
  • Mataatua
  • Whangarei / Kaipara

  • Invercargill
  • Henderson
  • Kaipatiki
  • Masterton
  • Manukau
  • Waikato
  • Hamilton
  • Wellington
  • West Auckland
  • Papakura
  • North Shore
  • Waitomo
  • Rangitīkei
  • Dunedin
  • Taupo
Cossie Club
Thames District Council Auckland City Council Papakura Local Board

And Youth Librarians! We had no idea how amazing these community treasures are until recently! Thank you to all of the Youth Librarians who have seen the beauty in the project and have invited us to bring it to their region and who are helping to spread the word. You have halved our work and quintupled the number of youth who get to experience this program. What gifts!


Visual Poetry Jam

Updated on 2024-01-28T14:25:28+13:00, by Mandi.