The Light Factory

The Light Factory

The Light Factory’s vision is to develop a vibrant, engaged photographic community in the Charlotte area by offering everyone the opportunity to create, understand, and appreciate photography.

The Light Factory began in Charlotte in 1972 with a group of photographers who wanted to gather and talk

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ARCHIVE: Photography & Literacy: (Grades: 2-12)


Program description

Photography literally means “to write with light.” The Light Factory can teach your students communicate their ideas visually and use that inspiration to compose a written narrative or poem. Whatever the theme (Self, Community, History, or Storytelling), whatever the technique (sunprints or digital photography) we can get your students on the path to learning.

Visual Arts Essential Standards:


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Program Detail

Program type: Day Trip, Out-of-School-Time, Professional Development, Workshop
Artistic Discipline: Literary Arts, Media, Multi-discipline, Multi-media, Visual Arts
Cultural Origin: Multicultural
Subject: Engineering, English, Language Arts, Literacy, Math, Other, Science, Social Studies / History, Visual Arts
Population served: Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 9
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

Please call The Light Factory at 704-333-9755 to speak with Laurie Schorr to schedule a date of visit.

Available times:

Please call The Light Factory at 704-333-9755 to speak with Laurie Schorr to schedule a date of visit.

Length of program: 1-3 sessions, 45 to 60 mins
Space / technical requirements:

a classroom space with access to a sink and the outdoors is preferred if possible.


This program can take place at either The Light Factory or in your own classroom.

Fees / Ticketing:

This program can be a multiple day residency and the cost is based on total hours of instruction and the cost of materials needed for the program.


NC Standard Course of Study:

W3- Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective techniques, well chosen details, and well structured event sequences. Students will be using photography to expand literacy skills and practice descriptive and critical writing over the course of a variety of visual and writing assignments.

W2- write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content. Students will be working through complex ideas visually and will use photography assignments to assist them in expressing themselves articulately.

W10- write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes and audiences. Students will meet with teaching artist over the course of several sessions to work on writing assignments and revise these with peers and teachers. Ultimately, the students will produce a Shutterfly book or similar of both writing and photographs.

NC Essential Standards:

Arts Education

B.V.2 Apply creative and critical thinking skills to artistic
B.V.2.3 Create personal, symbolic expression as a means of
communication (original, visual language).
B.CX.1 Understand the global, historical, societal, and cultural contexts of the visual arts. B.CX.1.3 Understand how art is used to document human experience.

Students will be encouraged and supported to improve their writing and literacy skills through photography and writing assignments.



Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance (Individuals and organizations listed in this Directory can provide proof of insurance upon request. ASC does not hold copies of current documentation for providers): 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


Providence Springs Elementary School (Grades 2-5)
Myers Park High School (Grades 8-12, special needs)
Hough High School, (Grades 10-12)
Piedmont Open Middle School, (Grades 6-8)