PhotoWings Education Partnership: Photoville EDU

Photoville x PhotoWings
Education Partnership

 

Building on 3 years of collaboration with educators to develop lesson plans inspired by photography projects, the Photoville x PhotoWings Educator Grant is an opportunity for educators in the UPI community to receive resources and support to implement a photo-based lesson from the UPI Teacher Resource library in their classroom and produce a culminating exhibition of student work.


We are excited and proud to share with you the inaugural Educator Grantees: Leigh Klonksy & Mariam Aryai Rivera. They will both receive $1000 cash grant and a $2000 production budget. Get to know these phenomenal educators below....

 

Leigh Klonksy

East Side Community High School (Lower East Side)


Inspired by the UPI lesson plan Living City (NYC Municipal Archives), Leigh’s 11th grade Digital Photography class will create a new archive of the Lower East Side exploring topics such as storefronts/commerce, fashion, climate change, outsider/insider and more. They will examine historical photos and create new artwork and writing about their community, resulting in a series of accordion books and a public exhibition outside their school. 

Mariam Aryai Rivera 

Art Start/Nelson Avenue Residence (The Bronx)

Inspired by the UPI lesson plans Who We Are and Who They Say We Are (Griselda San Martin), Developing Self (Idris Solomon) and Hiding in Plain Sight (Brooke DiDonato), Mariam’s middle school program, co-located in a family shelter, will practice self + community love and identity, while learning the importance of consent and empowered creative decision making.

Browse our Teacher Resource library for over 20 free lesson plans and resource guides for incorporating photography and storytelling into the classroom. These lesson plans were developed in collaboration with over 100 educators through our Teacher Professional Development Workshop. We welcome you to use these in your classroom!

Photoville FENCE Education Guides

 

8th Edition Educator Guide

7th Edition Educator Guide

 

 

 

Explore all Lesson Plans:

 

What is Home?

Based on the exhibition Finding Home, presented at Photoville 2017 by Pulitzer Center & Time. Students will explore ideas of “home” in connection to refugees worldwide and homelessness locally by looking closely at the images and text from Finding Home. 
 

Based on the exhibition Contact High: Hip-Hop’s Iconic Photographs and Visual Culture, presented at Photoville 2017 by Contact High. Students will use historic and archival images to engage in topics of identity, relationships and friendships. They will analyze the role of photography in creating a historical perspective of individuals and events and discuss how technology has changed this dynamic. They will translate visual information in text and vice versa. 

 

Based on the exhibition ReSisters: Behind the Scenes of the Women’s March, presented at Photoville 2017 by Kisha Bari & the Women’s March. Students will use the Women’s March as a springboard to explore issues surrounding social justice and the impact social media had in organizing this worldwide event. Through research, students will plan and document their own social justice action plan using social media as primary organizer.

 

Based on the exhibition Newest Americans, presented at Photoville 2017 by United Photo Industries, Talking Eyes Media, VII Photo, and Rutgers University-Newark. Every year, there is a new group of students who come into our school. Students will learn and practice journalistic techniques which will help them get to know each other and explore their identities in the context of the broader school community.

Based on the exhibition Living in the City, presented at Photoville 2017 by the Department of Records and Information Services. Given archival photos and cameras, students will analyze patterns of change in their neighborhoods, between 1988 to 2018, by documenting current areas and predicting what will change in the next 30 years.

Based on the project Block Party, exhibited at United Photo Industries from September 3 – 26, 2015. Students will collaborate on creating a mosaic of faces that represent their “school block” representing how individuality can come together as community, and breaking down stereotypes, assumptions and ignorances regarding each other.

Based on the project Jua Kali, exhibited at United Photo Industries from February 4 – March 26, 2016. Students use self-portraiture as a way to explore and represent identities. Students are encouraged to use their imagination to design and create worlds outside of their built environment.

 

Based on the project Kin, featured on The FENCE 2017 outdoor public art exhibition. Students will reflect on important relationships in their lives through photography and writing.

 

Based on the project Living in Sanctuary, a sister project of Abuelas presented as an Emergi-cube at Photoville 2017. Based on the project Living in Sanctuary, students will reflect on the themes of home, identity, family, and safety and tell their own narrative through images, text and audio.

 

Based on the project Documenting Detroit, presented at Photoville 2017 by Documenting Detroit with support from Photowings. Students will show Our America, each defining 1 question that frames the stories they show and tell, towards a public outcome (an exhibition, a printed book or magazine, or a projection).

Based on the project cit.i.zen.ship, exhibited at Photoville from September 13 – 23, 2018 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Students will identify and research a current event of personal interest in order to ultimately design an image and text presentation on the topic.

 

Based on the project North Shore, exhibited at Photoville from September 13 – 23, 2018 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Students use photos to examine layers of communities and explore representations of identities. Students will be asked to create their stories about their communities with visuals.

 

Based on the project Altar: Prayer, Ritual, Offerings, exhibited at Photoville from September 13 – 23, 2018 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Through exploring our own legacies and ancestries, we delve into understanding how and why people around the world have documented and celebrated their stories and rituals.

 

Based on the project The Soul(s) Of, exhibited at Photoville from September 13 – 23, 2018 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Students will reflect on their public/private identities, and create a collage-based self-portrait.

 

Based on the project Life After Life in Prison: The Bedroom Project, exhibited at Photoville from September 13 – 23, 2018 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Students will reflect on a difficult time in their lives when they had to overcome adversity, using photography and text to represent their experience.

 

Based on the project Host, featured on the 7th Edition of The Photoville Fence, exhibited in public parks and downtowns across 8 cities in North America. Students will interact within virtual and physical spaces/places using projected images of those spaces/places with which students feel an emotional connection.

 

Based on the project Blackbirds, featured on the 7th Edition of The Photoville Fence, exhibited in public parks and downtowns across 8 cities in North America. Students will slow down their image-making process and use technology that requires deliberate staging of photographs. Students will explore what it means to be the authors and subjects of artistic and historical study. This project aims to activate and inspire personal agency and self-expression.

 

Based on the project As Usual, featured on the 7th Edition of The Photoville Fence, exhibited in public parks and downtowns across 8 cities in North America.Use photography to encourage students to see new perspectives on objects, people, and places they encounter every day.

 

Inspired by the project The Wall, featured on the 7th Edition of The Photoville Fence, exhibited in public parks and downtowns across 8 cities in North America. Students will identify and interrupt dominant narratives in the media by creating visual projects that tell a counter-narrative about themselves and/or their community.

 

Inspired by the exhibition No Wahala, It’s All Good: A Spiritual Cypher Within the Hip-Hop Diaspora presented at Photoville from September 12 – 22, 2019.Students will be asked to look at the music traditions in their own lives and document them using various photography equipment and approaches. Students will use the subject of music as a way of beginning a conversation with a family member, whom they will interview and create a photo essay about.

Inspired by the exhibition The Players’ Tribune presented at Photoville from September 12 – 22, 2019.Working in pairs, students will create a narrative that reveals two sides of their partner through portraiture and story writing.

 

Inspired by the exhibition #Thisis18, presented by The New York Times at Photoville from September 12 – 22, 2019. Students will use photos to learn about ourselves and each other, both inside and outside of the classroom. They will focus on what narratives about teenagers exist already, and the narratives they want to present of themselves.

 

Inspired by the project There is only one Paul R. Williams presented by Janna Ireland at The Annenberg Space for Photography presents Photoville LA from April 25 – May 4, 2019. Students will create a photo story that personifies a space that they choose or claim as their own using abstraction and other compositional techniques.

 

Inspired by the photography of Bethany Mollenkof, part of the Women Photograph exhibition at The Annenberg Space for Photography presents Photoville LA from April 25 – May 4, 2019. Students will explore the role that empathy and representation plays in examining our perceptions of a set of photos.

 

Inspired by the project Typecast at Photoville from September 12-22, 2019 In this lesson students will create a self portrait diptych inspired by the project Typecast. Students will begin by reflecting on their identity and stereotypes they inherited from the world around them. After reflecting on their personal and public identities, students will examine the work of Typecast drawing conclusion to the artists’ overall concept. Lastly, students will use their analyses of Typecast as inspiration for their own diptych featuring their typecast self versus their ideal self. This lesson was written with both digital and traditional classes in mind with multiple options to fit the needs of both.

 

Inspired by the project Waterkeeper Warriors, presented by Waterkeeper Alliance in partnership with Culture Trip at Photoville from September 12-22, 2019. Students will define and make personal connections to the environment around them through photography. They will identify the issues important to them, and through research and storytelling, they will present solutions-driven journalism about their topic.

 

Inspired by the project Clubhouse Turn presented by United Photo Industries at The Annenberg Space for Photography presents Photoville LA from April 25 – May 4, 2019. Students will consider how to tell the larger story of a community through focused documentation over time of a small section of their shared space.

Photoville EDU Artist Talks


Artist Talk with Adama Delphine Fawundu
This artist talk accompanies the Photoville lesson plan Music as Artifact.

 
Students will be asked to look at the music traditions in their own lives and document them using various photography equipment and approaches. Students will use the subject of music as a way of beginning a conversation with a family member, whom they will interview and create a photo essay about. Inspired by the exhibition No Wahala, It’s All Good: A Spiritual Cypher Within the Hip-Hop Diaspora presented at Photoville from September 12–22, 2019.

Artist Talk with Bethany Mollenkof

This artist talk accompanies the Photoville lesson plan Empathy and Photography.
 

Students will explore the role that empathy and representation plays in examining our perceptions of a set of photos. Inspired by the photography of Bethany Mollenkof, part of the Women Photograph exhibition at The Annenberg Space for Photography presents Photoville LA from April 25–May 4, 2019.

Artist Talk with Brooke DiDonato

This artist talk accompanies the Photoville lesson plan Hiding in Plain Sight.

Use photography to encourage students to see new perspectives on objects, people, and places they encounter every day. Based on the project As Usual, featured on the 7th Edition of The Photoville Fence, exhibited in public parks and downtowns across 8 cities in North America.

Artist Talk with Cinthya Santos-Briones

This artist talk accompanies the Photoville lesson plan Sanctuary.

Students will reflect on the themes of home, identity, family, and safety and tell their own narrative through images, text and audio. Based on the project Living in Sanctuary, a sister project of Abuelas presented as an Emergi-cube at Photoville 2017.

Artist Talk with Emily Schiffer

This artist talk accompanies the Photoville lesson plan From the Inside Out.
Students will reflect on important relationships in their lives through photography and writing. Based on the project Kin, featured on The FENCE 2017 outdoor public art exhibition.
 

Artist Talk with Griselda San Martin & Haruka Sakaguchi

This artist talk accompanies the Photoville lesson plan Typecast.
In this lesson students will create a self portrait diptych inspired by the project Typecast. Students will begin by reflecting on their identity and stereotypes they inherited from the world around them. After reflecting on their personal and public identities, students will examine the work of Typecast drawing conclusion to the artists’ overall concept. Lastly, students will use their analyses of Typecast as inspiration for their own diptych featuring their typecast self versus their ideal self. Inspired by the project Typecast at Photoville from September 12–22, 2019.

Artist Talk with Idris Solomon

This artist talk accompanies the Photoville lesson plan Developing Self.
Students will slow down their image-making process and use technology that requires deliberate staging of photographs. Students will explore what it means to be the authors and subjects of artistic and historical study. This project aims to activate and inspire personal agency and self-expression. Based on the project Blackbirds, featured on the 7th Edition of The Photoville Fence, exhibited in public parks and downtowns across 8 cities in North America.

Artist Talk with Janna Ireland

This artist talk accompanies the Photoville lesson plan Portrait of a Space.
Students will create a photo story that personifies a space that they choose or claim as their own using abstraction and other compositional techniques. Inspired by the project There is only one Paul R. Williams presented by Janna Ireland at The Annenberg Space for Photography presents Photoville LA from April 25–May 4, 2019.

Artist Talk with Lluvia Higuera

This artist talk accompanies the Photoville lesson plan Forming Your Identity.
Through collaborative portraiture, students will consider people who have influenced and inspired them reflecting on how their identities have been shaped, and how they want to pay it forward. Inspired by the project Shaping a Dialogue for Change presented at The Annenberg Space for Photography presents Photoville LA from April 25–May 4, 2019.

Artist Talk with Makeba Rainey

This artist talk accompanies the Photoville lesson plan Selfie#Selfie#Collage#Me. Students will reflect on their public/private identities, and create a collage-based self-portrait. Based on the project The Soul(s) Of, exhibited at Photoville from September 13–23, 2018 in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Artist Talk with Sara Bennett

This artist talk accompanies the Photoville lesson plan Understanding Self. Students will reflect on a difficult time in their lives when they had to overcome adversity, using photography and text to represent their experience. Based on the project Life After Life in Prison: The Bedroom Project, exhibited at Photoville from September 13–23, 2018 in Brooklyn Bridge Park.