Black Bird Studio

Black Bird Studio

Hello! Thanks for viewing our programs! Please visit to learn more about what we do and view work samples from our past programs!

*We are available for workshops and residencies M-F from 7am-5pm.*

We work with classes of all sizes. Please contact us to receive pricing based on the number of contact hours, students and materials required for your program of interest.

Based out of Charlotte, NC, Black Bird Studio offers unique art education experiences for students of all ages. Our teaching artists are professional creatives who are passionate about making an impact while sharing what they do best. We offer one-day workshops and multi-day residencies in a variety of mediums that connect to k-12 core curricula. We value high quality final products and we have that vibe that the students just love! We are a multifaceted mobile art studio.

Grant funding from the Arts and Science Council enables us to offer free programs to students across Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools who would not otherwise have access.
Our partnerships with private schools, libraries, cultural centers and community events allow us to reach thousands of students annually.

Connect with us today to receive a quote or get your program on our calendar! Contact Jen Crickenberger at 704-575-0006 or

Our Team: 

Jen Crickenberger, Founder/Creative Director/Lead Teaching Artist
Laurie Schorr, Teaching Artist
Mert Jones, Teaching Artist







  Plaza Midwood, Charlotte, NC 28205



Darkroom Photography (All Levels)

Program description

This program will travel your students back in time to learn how the very first photographs were made – with light, science and magic! Students will enjoy capturing images using the tactile medium of darkroom photography. Lessons can be open-ended or connect to particular themes. Traditional processes like pinhole photography, darkroom photography and cyanotypes can be explored. Darkrooms are not always required but can be constructed at your facility. Black Bird Studio will offer a few program concepts from which you can choose based on the age group you would like to impact. 


Booking / scheduling contact

Jen Crickenberger

   704 575-0006

Program detail
Artistic discipline: Literary Arts, Media, Multi-discipline, Visual Arts
Cultural Origin: Multicultural
Program type: Day Trip, Out-of-School-Time, Professional Development, Workshop
Population served: Grade 1, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 9, Kindergarten, Pre-K
Subject: English, Math, Science, Social Studies / History, Visual Arts
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

 Please contact Black Bird Studio to schedule this program.

Available times:

Program lengths will vary based upon the goals of the program as outlined by the partnering teacher.

Length of program: 45-90min (one day or multi-day)
Space / technical requirements:

Classroom with tables and chairs. For programs that involve construction of a temporary darkroom, a dark closet or enclosed space with a sink is preferred. 


 Your facility

Fees / Ticketing:

Program price will vary based on the vision for the final product and exhibition, number of students impacted, time needed to complete the project and materials required. 

 Pricing Guide:

$200-$300 – lesson design/planning fee (not applicable for all programs)
$100-$200 per hour of instruction
plus materials and any other service charges that my apply to the specific project


NC Standard Course of Study:

Follow rules for collegial discussions, set specific goals and deadlines, and define individual roles as needed.
Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.

NC Essential Standards:

K.V.2 Apply creative and critical thinking skills to artistic expression.
K.V.2.3 Create original art that does not rely on copying or tracing.
4.P.3.1 Recognize the basic forms of energy (light, sound, heat, electrical, and magnetic) as the ability to cause motion or create change.



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
Cancellation Policy

A minimum fee of $100 will be charged for a program cancellation. If supplies were purchased in preparation for the program, the school will be required to reimburse Black Bird Studio.