Teacher Information

The rationale for offering a Media Arts Program (Photography) is recognition that Media Arts is crucial to student learning.

Today’s youth are growing up in a technology and media saturated environment, and yet many students are not given the proper tools to interpret, analyze, critique, or create media, leaving them to be simple consumers of media content rather than critical thinkers and innovative creators. (5)

In particular the skills that will be offered throughout this program will allow students to explore and enhance their;

  • Creativity Artistry
  • Communication Skills
  • Critical Thinking
  • Collaborative Techniques

Many schools do not have the infrastructure nor the funds to support a Photography Program hence this program is offered as an “incursion project” or as a “Photographer in Residence” program. This may be delivered as a one of day program or a series of days as negotiated.

Photography is everywhere, many people have mobile device that are capable of taking images in an instant. However, there is more to photography than simply  “pointing and shooting” if it is to retained as a significant art form. Hence the title of the program “Photography Beyond the Selfie”. This program has been developed for  schools in SA.

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The underlying methodology of this program draws on the general capabilities which encompass the knowledge, skills, behaviours and dispositions that, together with curriculum content in each learning area and the cross-curriculum priorities, will assist students to live and work successfully in the twenty-first century.

  • Develop self-discipline and set goals
  • Work independently and show initiative
  • Communicates effectively
  • Works collaboratively
  • Positive decision-making
  • Ethical understanding

This program can be  situated within our understanding of visual knowledge. It also has strong links with STEM.

Throughout this program students will be asked to  critique, evaluate and interpret their images. In this way they come to an understanding of the way images and language work together. This process leads students to understand how  images create meaning.  (6)

Through STEM, students develop key skills including:

  • problem solving
  • creativity
  • critical analysis
  • teamwork
  • independent thinking
  • initiative
  • communication
  • digital literacy.(11)

Aim: To participate in learning about the composition “rules” of photography. To understand and use photographic equipment to enable students to explore their creativity within the context of other learning areas being covered.

Objectives: To provide an introduction to composition techniques and how best to use the camera to construct their images.

Outcomes: Students will be able to produce a series of photographs that demonstrate their understanding of the “rules” of composition and when to use these rules and when to “break” them. Students will also be able to  describe, discuss, analyse, critique and support each other in image creation.

While this project will draw on the General Capabilities – Personal and Social and the ICT capability the program is situated within the Media Arts Learning Area. The knowledge and skills which may be  included are;

  1. Using the camera (each student will have access to “their own” camera during class)
  2. Brief history of cameras and photography
  3. Science of Light
  4. Colour Theory
  5. Composition Rules including;
  • Framing the image
  • The Rule of Thirds
  • Filling the Frame
  • Using lines
  • Colour
  • Light and shadow
  • Foreground
  • Texture
  • Patterns
  • Close up techniques and considerations
  1. In groups describe, discuss, analyse,  critique and support each other in image creation.
  2. Move the images from their memory cards to their computers for processing and publishing.
  3. What are the ethical considerations in creating images?
  4. Display their images in a variety of ways to enhance their meaning for an audience.

Please Note. Not all the activities and themes mentioned above are covered in the  program. This will be determined by the time allocated for the project.

The methodology for this project is based on the following beliefs about student learnings.

  • Students should participate in discussions about ownership of, and engagement in, learning.
  •  Students participate in challenging, rich and differentiated learning opportunities that engage them and promote deep learning.
  • Learning experiences based on students’ needs, feedback, interests, pathway destinations and prior knowledge.
  • Students provide teachers with constructive feedback about the teaching and learning.
  • Student teamwork, resilience, responsibility and self-discipline are fostered. (7)