The school district’s 25 art teachers showcased their pride in Fairfield, as well as their photography skills, in an exhibit that opened last Thursday at the Fairfield Museum and History Center.

“Town Proud” features photos the art teachers took during a professional development day.

“Typically, professional development days are not so desirable,” said Michele Hermsen, the school district’s art department coordinator. “We thought it would be a fun thing to do a hands-on learning experience.”

Many of the art teachers, she said, didn’t know a lot about photography, or had never printed, matted and framed photos. On the professional development day, however, they learned to do it all in a single day.

Teachers had three hours to go out and photograph images around town and “try to capture the essence of the town,” Hermsen said. By 11:30 a.m., the teachers were all back in the computer lab, where they chose their favorite photo and edited, printed, matted and framed it.

“It was a collaborative effort,” she said. “Once we saw the result, we thought, ‘This looks pretty good, we have to find a place to display it.’ ”

But, Hermsen said, the teachers wanted to take it out of a school environment, and turned to town Economic Director Mark Barnhart. “He was able to connect with the museum, who generously donated the space to host the exhibit,” she said.

It is important, Hermsen said, for the community at large to see the quality of work produced by the school district’s art teachers. “It’s good for the teachers, as well, to exhibit their work, at least once a year,” she said.

The photos were taken in locations all over town, from Southport’s Ye Yacht Yard to Greenfield Hill and Lake Mohegan.

“I think it’s an example of the creativity they exhibit in the classroom,” Board of Education Chairman Philip Dwyer said, as he perused the photos on display.

“Town Proud” will be on display at the Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Road, until Feb.5. A video of the images can be found at http://bit.ly/1Q3o6TO .