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Photo Story Workshop puts cameras in the hands of children from an early age.
We teach elementary and middle school children visual storytelling techniques to build voice and promote positive community-led social change. How? Through supplemental arts-based after school learning within transformative school climates. Interested schools provide space for the workshop to meet for one-hour weekly during the semester. There is a nominal per-child fee that will remain constant as we grow. Our priority is to serve communities with a high-quality creative option for children to learn self-expression through photography in their existing safe learning environments.
Photo Story Workshop was first piloted in Baltimore at City Neighbors Hamilton (CNH), a public charter elementary school in Northeast Baltimore, with a group of 10 students from 1st and 2nd grades that met weekly through the spring of 2019. The six- and seven-year-olds learned the basics of photography. They also utilized these tools to support their work on literacy, math, mindfulness, kindness, and teamwork. Kids each created a visual alphabet, learned through visual scavenger hunts, photographed their bodies in spaces of imagination, and took lots of selfies. Each child presented their work, constructively critiqued each other’s images, actively listened, asked questions, edited their images, create storyboards, and mounted a final public exhibition at Red Canoe Coffeeshop in Lauraville.
In addition to after-school workshops, Photo Story Workshop hosts a range of photography skills building trainings including single day sessions and week-long summer camps.
Noah swings at the playground of his elementary school. Photo by 1st grade student Safia Good Boncana/Photo Story Workshop 2019
Photo Story Workshop is available as a one-day, weekend-long or multi-week (one-hour commitment per week) training for children, educators, interested adults, and organizations.
We are currently establishing partnerships with Baltimore City Public and Charter Schools for in-person workshops again as of Summer 2022.
Photo Story Workshop is actively looking for corporate partners to sponsor our work in Baltimore City to keep programs affordable for all students. Please contact us if you would like to learn more.
If you are a teaching artists interested in working with Photo Story Workshop please reach out by sending a note and your resume outlining related experience. We are in the process of building our roster of teaching artists to meet the demand of after-school workshop contracts.
For more information, reach out to: thephotostoryworkshop at gmail.com