Project Planning with Intention and Authenticity

Inspired by the project The Power of Telling Your Own Story by Josué Rivas presented at Photoville 2020.
Lesson Overview

This lesson will help students set clear intentions for an artistic project. This pre-production process is designed to help creators slow down and listen to the emotions guiding their ideas in order to move forward with authenticity, making work that reflects their truest selves.

Photograph by Josué Rivas

Learning Objectives
  • Clearly outline their project intentions and proposed process.
  • Refer back to and reflect on this guide throughout the project.
  • Connect personal experience and feelings to the work they wish to create.

The 2020 Photoville Festival Education Month is proudly presented in partnership with PhotoWings, with additional support by the Philip and Edith Leonian Foundation


Josué Rivas, John Harvie, Laura Roumanos


Jessica Bal

Featuring photography by

Andrea Garcia (Mandan/Hidatsa/Arikara/Mexican), Tekpatl Kuauhtzin (Nahua/Cucapa), Joey Montoya (Lipan Apache Band Of Texas), Kelli Moody (Warm Springs/Yakama/Lummi/Musqueam), Cheyenne Phoenix (Diné/Northern Paiute), Paul Wilson (Klamath), Ernesto Yerena (Yaqui/Chicano), Isabella Zizi (Northern Cheyenne/Arikara/Muskogee Creek)

Grade Level

Middle School – Adult


Photography, Social-Emotional

Time Required

3 – 4 class sessions

Materials Needed

Pen/pencil and paper

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