Photosynthesis - Ginger Wagoner

Photosynthesis - Ginger Wagoner

Ginger Wagoner is an award winning artist who makes her living as a photographic artist, and, like many artists, loves sharing her talents, teaching others, and helping students find their passion. She is extremely active in our local community.

Through her artistic photography, Ginger dedicates

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Beauty Re-Imagined: A New Perspective through the Photographic Lens and in Life


Program description

      This two part workshop/residency is the photographic version of Twister for re-conceptualizing beauty! In this perspective-shifting photography experience, Part I (up to 90 minutes) will ask students to examine a variety of professional photographic works and select their favorites. Based on their responses they will participate in a group dialogue reflecting on their choices as they learn


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Program Detail

Program type: Day Trip, Out-of-School-Time, Workshop
Artistic Discipline: Literary Arts, Visual Arts
Cultural Origin: American
Subject: English, Language Arts, Literacy, Other, Visual Arts
Population served: Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 9
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

 Please call 704-358-3587 to schedule a program with Ginger Wagoner

Available times:

 Times are flexible. We can discuss the best options considering the photography portion of the residency.

Length of program: A choice of either Part I – a 90 minute class; or Both Part I and Part II (either 2-90 minute classes or one 3hr seminar); This program can be abbreviated to fit shorter class blocks if needed.
Space / technical requirements:

 First Portion: LCD projector or Smartboard.

Second Portion: Prefer to have access to outdoors, school provides digital devices capable of photography (either 1 per student or 1 per pair, or students can use their own) and the staff point person delivers digital images to Photosynthesis for final prints.


 Your facility or classroom; access to outdoor space preferred for Part II of residency.

Fees / Ticketing:

Prices are determined by the number of instruction hours, number of courses on single day, and materials required for the lesson. We will adapt the program to meet your achievement goals.

      • Typical fees for preparation and implementation of Part I is $300 for up to 90-minute blocks
      • If Part I and Part II are desired together as a 3hr program in one day, the fee is $550.
      • Or $600 for both Part I and Part II on two separate days.
      • If multiple programs are booked for the same day, additional fees are as follows:
                 o   Duplicate Part I or Part II courses are $250 per 90-min class;
                 o   Or $500 per additional 3hr program
      • Material fees for the First Portion of the residency run $30 on average. In the Second Portion of residency they run $60 on average.


NC Standard Course of Study:

 5-12.R.7 – Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse formats and media, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words. Students will evaluate and select from multiple images and explain why they chose their image using photographic terminology.

5-12.SL.1 – Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher led) with diverse partners on grade topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly. Students will be asked to work independently to apply interpretations of photographic elements, then participate in groups and dyads to implement the elements in their own photography.

5-12.SL.2 –Summarize a written text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally. Students will select images to present and use photographic terms to describe before creating their own images based on a selection of at least one of the concepts.

NC Essential Standards:

V.1 Use the language of visual arts to communicate effectively. In the first class, students will be asked to convey beauty via imagery. In the second portion, students will create their own image to communicate a specific message.

V.2 Apply creative and critical thinking skills to artistic expression. Students will be asked to apply photographic elements to produce their own version of previously taken images. In the second class, they will be challenged to select and apply elements previously discussed to incorporate into their own images.

TT.1 Use technology and other resources for assigned tasks. Session two of this residency makes great use of technology in the classroom as the students create their own images


Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance: Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Provides study guides for teachers and or students: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Provides tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Provides scholarship and reduced fees: Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes

Cancellation Policy

 We will do our absolute best to reschedule with you, but IF complete cancellation is necessary, the school will be responsible for the following:
       •    If cancelled 1-3 weeks prior to the lesson start date, 25% of the total cost + any materials already purchased must be paid.
       •    If cancelled within 1 week of start date, 35% of the total cost + materials already purchased must be paid.
       •    If cancelled with fewer than 24hrs notice, 100% of the total cost + materials must be paid.