By Kathy L. Collins

Girls, ages 13 to 18, who are interested in learning photography can partake in Photo 1 4-H Program at the Frog Pond Art Center For the Arts, a Hillsborough County 4-H Program. The program is held every other Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon beginning on Saturday, May 25 and running until mid-August.

The cost is $75. Students must have their own camera, film or digital. Cell phones are not allowed. As a part of the program, the students will have two field trips, one to a State Park and one to Ybor City. If you are interested, you need to sign up as class size is limited to six girls.

Laura Linton is the teacher/volunteer of the program and runs the Frog Pond Art Center. Linton has been working with girls in the 4-H Program for nine years. Linton explained, “I began with the pilot program Wings (butterfly program) and then moved to photography. That is where we truly became something great. We have been doing photography fro six years.”

Linton added, “In photography, girls learn basic mathematic principles which can be applied to everything from construction, landscape, interior design, all forms of art and marketing.” Linton said, “Photography also requires you to think. You must think about what you want to shoot, and how you want it to convey to the audience.”

If you have a young girl who is interested in learning more about photography, this is a great program to try. In addition to classes and field trips, the girls can enter a variety of art shows such as the Hillsborough County Fair, the Florida State Fair and the Florida Strawberry Festival Fine Arts Show. In addition, 4-H holds District competition. This is a great opportunity to have your work shown and get recognition for hard work.

If you are interested in the Photo 1 4-H Program, please contact Laura Linton at


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