Many schools could not afford to offer digital photography classes. However, today, any school that has computers can offer photography classes in which the students can create amazing images.
- Digital Cameras (Students can use cell phone cameras if the quality is high.)
- Color/Black & White printer
- Photo Paper
- Photo Editing Software (Note: The higher the quality of the software, the more the students will be able to do with their images.)
- Photo Release Forms
Lesson - Combining Art and Civics:
Students will pick an issue within their community. The issue can be environmental, political, social, etc. They will take pictures, with permission by those being photographed, of various aspects of the issue.
After downloading their images onto the computer, they will create a photo essay on the issue.
A photo essay is a series of photographs that tell a story. Photo essays appear in newspapers, blogs, websites and magazines.
Students may enhance their photographs with the editing software. If the school has a website, have them create their photo essay for the website. If the school has a newspaper, have them set their essays up for print in the newspaper.
Their photo essays may be framed as a montage or as a collage. They should fill one print page.
If the school has a printer capable of taking poster-size photo paper, the students may be given the option of creating photo essay posters of their work.
The objective of this assignment is
- to create a critical eye of inquiry within the student
- to develop photographic skills
- to explore an issue through art
- to create a statement through photography on an issue