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


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.
I 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
    • Telegram App registered with their name organized like this (their first name-school name-region ie Mary-Fergusson-Upper Hutt) registered with your supervision (this is where they will post their images and be able to collaborate and stay connected with the students they meet on the day within our private group. )  By listing their first name school and region it helps them remember each other and will help to build their regional creative communities.
    • 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

Funders & Sponsors 2020/2021/2022/2023
Thames District Council Auckland City Council Papakura Local Board
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
Cossie Club

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 2023-09-28T18:20:03+13:00, by Mandi.