Portrait of a Space

Inspired by the project There is only one Paul R. Williams presented by Janna Ireland at The Annenberg Space for Photography presents Photoville LA from April 25 – May 4, 2019.
Lesson Overview

Students will create a photo story that personifies a space that they choose or claim as their own using abstraction and other compositional techniques.

Learning Objectives
  • Use Visual Thinking Strategies to analyze and discuss works of art
  • Make intentional photographic choices using light, framing, and angle
  • Understand personification and abstraction, using both to generate images
  • Create a unified series of images that show place
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This lesson plan was created during United Photo Industries’ Spring 2019 Teacher Professional Development Day at the Annenberg Space for Photography presents Photoville LA. Many thanks to PhotoWings for supporting UPI Education!


Adriana Yugovich, Anh Tran, Kasiemba Okeyo, Allie Prescott and Janna Ireland


Jessica Bal

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Grade Level

4th – 12th grade


Photography, Architecture and Abstraction, Poetry

Time Required

3 – 4 class sessions

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the Annenberg Space for Photography and PhotoWings