At Spring Lake High School there is currently no photography program so I decided to do a photography project with them. Students were given a list of 12 elements and principles and asked to take one photo on Instagram for each. Students used their personal smartphones or iPads owned by the school. Students also had the option to use their person Instagram account or to create an account specifically for school related assignments.
When students uploaded their images they all used the same hashtag to link their projects together. After the collections were uploaded they paired up and evaluated the other's elements and principles. Some students would think a photo was contrast when the artist meant for it to be value. This gave students the chance to engage in meaningful conversation about how each element and principle can be interpreted. They explored the concept that perception has an impact on how a work is seen.
- Instagram App
- Examples of both Elements & Principles
Instructions: On day one, share with the students examples of all 12 elements and principles of design. The majority of the first day will be spent going over them and clarifying any questions students may have. This should be review for many students but for some it may be their first time learning these vocabulary words.
At the end of day one they will be given their homework assignment. They are to collect 12 images - one for each element or principle. They will then upload them back to back onto instagram. They will submit a screenshot of their 12 images in the grid-formation on instagram.
The majority of work will be completed outside of class. Students will have several nights to complete the work and submit it on Schoology. During this time they will be working on another project in class time.
What do you think about using Instagram as a tool in the classroom?
National Standards Addressed
Hypothesize ways in which art influences perception and understanding of human experiences.
Interpret an artwork or collection of works, supported by relevant and sufficient evidence found in the work and its various contexts.