Photography as Communication

Goals and Roles

Students are encouraged to view images and visual culture with a more critical eye, allowing them opportunities to tell their own stories and imply meaning, through both the creation of, and critical analysis of artworks. They will employ devices such as sequential imagery and hybrid pairings to manipulate, misrepresent, and re-present everything from objects and individuals, to entire cultures and social groups. Thy will look at emerging artists who work in this genre as well as established ones like Cindy Sherman and Jerry Uelsmann, to inspire and enable the blurring of traditional boundaries in art. Through the creation of artworks, students will learn and apply new technical skills, demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills, and investigate stereotyping and misrepresentation.



Module Outline:

In this Module students students will develop an understanding of how art works reflect the society in which they were created. They will investigate connections that move beyond the classroom and into the greater community. Using a critical lens, they will learn how to create examine and interpret various art works.



Curricular Outcomes:

A. Creating and Presenting
A1. The Creative Process: apply the creative process to create a variety of art works, individually and/or collaboratively. 
A2. The Elements and Principles of Design: apply the elements and principles of design to create art works for the purpose of self-expression and to communicate ideas, information and/or messages.
A3. Production and Presentation:
produce art works, using a variety of media/materials and traditional and emerging technologies, tools, and techniques, and demonstrate an understanding of a variety of ways of presenting their works and the works of others.


B. Reflecting, Responding, and Analysing
B1. The Critical Analysis Process: demonstrate an understanding of the critical analysis process by examining, interpreting, evaluating, and reflecting on various art works.
B2. Art, Society, and Values:
demonstrate an understanding of how art works reflect the society in which they were created, and of how they can affect both social and personal values;
B3. Connections Beyond the Classroom: describe opportunities and requirements for continued engagement in visual arts.


C. Foundations
C1. Terminology: demonstrate an understanding of, and use correct trminology when referring to, elements, principles, and other components related to visual arts.
C2. Conventions and Techniques: demonstrate an understanding of conventions and techniques used in the creation of visual art works.
C3. Responsible Practices: demonstrate an understanding of responsible practices related to visual arts.



Watch the following TED TALKS about using photos to tell stories.




See more storytelling REFLECTIONS here.


Photography Cheat Sheets for Every Occasion




Complete the activities linked below.

Read the following articles.

Telling Stories with Photos

Create Powerful Silhouettes by Telling a Story

How to Photograph Silhouettes

Complete the activity linked below.

√   Using Silhouettes to Tell a Story Assignment

Creating Unique Backgrounds and Reflections in Photoshop

​Read the following articles.


Diptychs and Triptychs

Using Diptychs to Tell a Story

5 Secrets of a Diptych Addict

Inspiring Diptychs (so creative!)


Complete BOTH activities linked below.


Animoto is a great program to display your photos in a unique and creative way.  It is also possible to add music in mp3 format to enhance your video.

Please see Mrs. Kaufmann to gain full access as you are very limited with the free account.

√√√   Using Photographs to Tell a Story Assignment

How to Create a Diptych Tutorial

√√√   Using Diptychs to Tell a Story Assignment


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