Digital Storytelling:

Artistic Expression thru Photography



An artist lives inside all of us. Whether we are painting, writing, making music, or snapping a selfie, we are creating a narrative each day. This class is designed to give an introduction to photography as a means of self-expression and communication. We will learn about the camera and its operation, how to read a photograph, and how to make intentional choices in photography to tell a story with our art. This course will require some light journaling (mostly brainstorming!) as we plan each photo series. Students will work both independently and collaboratively throughout the year. As a class, we will look for inspiration and feedback from one another.  We will also be looking at the work of other artists and storytellers to spark creativity. Featured artists may include Kate T. Parker, Pete Souza, Cole Thompson, Ansel Adams, Annie Leibovitz. 


Class is appropriate for students ages 10 and over in grades 5th - 7th. Students outside grade level will be considered on a case-by-case basis, allowing for students within the range to have priority over out-of-grade level registrations.


An imaginative and observant mind


Weekly photography prompt to be submitted digitally


Help students submit homework weekly via file sharing system.


Instructor will provide storyboard sketchbook, student portfolios, and photographic prints at various points throughout the year. Additional supplies to replace lost or full books can be purchased through instructor at student's expense.


Students must have access to a digital camera that they can bring to class. A digital SLR camera or mirrorless camera with interchangeable lenses are ideal, but even cell phones can work with the right downloaded apps and accessories. Access to a computer and email will also be required throughout the year.

 Sample Syllabus

Creating Digital Images

  • Introduction to Photography

  • Camera Basics

  • Lighting

  • Intentional Composition

  • Point of View

  • Depth of Field

  • Artistic Critique

  • Storyboarding a Photoshoot

photo series topics (Subject to change)

  • Self Portraiture

  • A Day in the Life Narrative

  • Visual Poetry

  • Fiction Short Story

  • Still Life Series

  • Wordless Emotions

  • Nature Story

  • Documentary Story

Artistic Inspiration (A sample - subject to change)

  • Kate T Parker

  • Pete Souza

  • Cole Thompson

  • Ansel Adams

  • Annie Leibovitz

  • Shel Silverstein