In-School • After-School • Community Photo Projects • Youth Programming
Teaching photography to kids is my passion.
I love to witness the creativity that occurs when you give a kid a camera.
For the past few years, I’ve been teaching in-school/after-school photography workshops based on the Literacy Through Photography (LTP) model — a one-of-a-kind program that uses photography as a catalyst for self-awareness and expression, critical thinking, creative and visual literacy, and community-building.
In my workshops, I encourage kids to photograph and write about themselves, their families, and their communities. We explore what is most unique about ourselves through a series of creative photography assignments that explore concepts of composition, timing, perspective, and artistic expression. We also print and share our photos using portable printers, go on fun photo walks, and explore the work of iconic photographers through books and slideshow presentations.
I believe we should celebrate the unique way in which kids see the world around them while also giving them the tools they need to decode and analyze the imagery they are bombarded with on a daily basis.
From November 2015 to April 2015, I facilitated a 12-week Project Kids & Cameras workshop at the Art Heart Community Centre, in Regent Park. The project was awarded a $10,000 grant from the CST Inspired Minds Learning Project which enabled us to purchase digital cameras for our young participants. The program culminated in a student photo exhibit presented at Daniels Spectrum, a burgeoning cultural hub in Regent Park, attended by hundreds of community members.
My workshop is ideal for kids 8 and up and can compliment your school’s curriculum, at-risk youth/community art centre programming, and English as a Second Language (ESL) initiatives. I can also tailor the workshop to accommodate your programming schedule.
For more information about how to bring a workshop series to your school or centre, please touch base with me here. I’d love to hear from you.
“Diana’s photography and writing workshop series with our grade 1-3 and grade 4-6 classes are a perfect example of integrated learning at it’s best. Diana taught our students the basic elements of photography, facilitated solid poetry and writing classes, and created a positive and supportive environment for our students to produce a powerful, self-reflective creative arts project. I highly recommend Diana to classroom teachers and community groups looking for a dynamic facilitator who skillfully weaves together literacy and arts with children of all ages.”
Emily Chan, TDSB Teacher
“Diana was passionate and enthusiastic about photography and demonstrated extreme patience in bringing out the best in each one of her students. I was particularly impressed in the calm manner that she used and was able to engage hard-to-reach youth. Throughout the scope of the project I was able to witness the girls developing confidence in their abilities, which culminated in a gallery show that allowed the girls to share their beautiful self-portraits with the public as well as their friends and family.”
Devin Fan, Youth Outreach Worker: Ward 30, Toronto
Diana has taught two 8-week Photography workshops as part of Allenby Public School’s After 4 Program. She was recommended to our After 4 Committee by a parent in the school…Diana was helpful in providing detailed information about her classes to me, which I could communicate to parents as part of the registration process. She provided detailed invoices within the requested timelines, and always responded to e-mail inquiries quickly. During and after the sessions, I received positive feedback from parents and students in the classes. I would recommend Diana’s photography workshops to other schools. Please contact me at [email protected] if you require any other information.
Eva Vanek, After 4 Coordinator: Allenby Junior Public School, Toronto
“Diana ran an 8-week program with us at the Toronto Kiwanis Boys and Girls Clubs, where the kids did a project called “The Best part of Me” . Diana came in with a detailed plan, was well prepared with all the supplies and was able to engage the kids from the beginning. Diana did such amazing job getting the kids to capture beautiful photos. She was dedicated to ensuring the kids produce meaningful photos. All the photos produce were on displayed at multiple events and fundraisers where people were amazed at the Diana did with our kids. We would love for Diana to come back again!”
Dominique Robinson, Children’s Services Coordinator: Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Clubs
Diana came to our class to teach 4 photography workshops as part of our school’s Art’s Week. Her calm demeanor and patience worked very well with my energetic students. She was able to channel their enthusiasm and creativity with well planned lessons that culminated in a photography and written piece. Parents were very impressed by their work when they came to our art’s showcase at the end of the week, and the students were proud of what they had created. Through Diana’s photography workshop, students were able to find the beauty in their community while learning the basics of photography. I highly recommend Diana to any classroom teacher.
Kathryn Durant, Teacher: Bruce Junior Public School, Toronto
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