Middle School Photography A

Why This Class

You know your student has something important to contribute to the world—and it just might be that photography is how they’ll share it. If taking pictures is naturally appealing to your student, this course will show them the fundamentals of how to do it well.

Mentors kick off this course by taking students on a tour of the evolution of photography and showing them how to use and care for their cameras. Students then learn to recognize the elements of a great photo and engage their creativity by taking pictures of a range of subjects in different settings. Students receive prompts that guide their practice shots each week and meet monthly to share their work with peers and receive mentor feedback.

By taking this course, students hone their natural interest in photography and learn to see the world through their camera lens. They develop their unique point-of-view and gain insight into the artistic thinking that makes for great photography.

Overarching Questions

How can studying the history of photography help me improve my skills?

How do I work with and care for my camera?

What makes a great photograph?

How are elements of design and art used in photography?

What are backgrounds and foregrounds?

Reading List

Mentors provide the required learning materials for this course.

Course Details

Recommended Grade: 6th-8th

Prerequisites: None

Estimated Weekly Hours: 2

Format: Self-paced, with 1 monthly live session

Credits: 0.5

Required Equipment: A digital camera (phone cameras are okay; point-and-shoot or DSLR is preferred)