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 about their work. Since then, The Light Factory has evolved into a nationally recognized gallery space and a community center serving the Charlotte Mecklenberg region by offering high quality classes, summer camps, and workshops in photography– from the historical processes from the first discovery of photography to the most up to date contemporary practices. We are committed to photography as a means of enriching lives and transforming communities. We provide a thriving cultural center in Charlotte where photographers and enthusiasts gather to share their impressions, techniques and passion; where budding artists from all walks of life have the opportunity to express their creativity by looking at the world through a new lens, and where the most recognized, most acclaimed and occasionally notorious images hang on the wall to educate and inspire.

The Light Factory has provided life changing photography programs to students of all ages throughout the Charlotte Mecklenberg region for several, making a significant and positive impact on schools and educators by inspiring and empowering young minds with the power of image.


  1817 Central Avenue, Suite 200, Charlotte, NC 28205



How to See Like a Photographer: (Grades PreK-12)

Program description

Learn how to see like a photographer with The Light Factory’s teaching artists. Students will learn how to compose beautiful images by incorporating elements such as line, texture, perspective, framing and rule of thirds. Students will use their iphones, ipads or chrome books to practice these compositional techniques and pay closer attention to details in the world around them. Each student will receive a print of their best image at the end of the program. This program can be followed by Photography for Social Change or Student Self Portraiture.

Visual Arts Essential Standards: B.V.2, B.V.3, B.CX.1, B.CX.2, B.CR.1
Curriculum Connections: Visual Art, Technology (extension lessons: Science, Social Studies, Language Arts)
Skills for 21st Century Learning: Creativity and Innovation, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, Communication and Collaboration, Initiative and Self-Direction

Booking / scheduling contact

Laurie Schorr


Program detail
Artistic discipline: Literary Arts, Multi-discipline, Multi-media, Storytelling, Visual Arts
Cultural Origin: Multicultural, Other
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 8, Grade 9, Kindergarten, Pre-K
Subject: Literacy, Math, Science, Social Studies / History, Visual Arts
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

Please call 704-333-9755 to schedule a classroom visit with Laurie Schorr.

Available times:

Times are flexible. During certain times of the year, The Light Factory may request the program start after 9am in order to get better exposures.

Length of program: 60 minutes to 90 minutes per class
Space / technical requirements:

Classroom space with access to the outdoors is preferred.


This program can be completed at The Light Factory or in your own classroom.

Fees / Ticketing:

Prices are based on the number of instruction hours needed for the program.


NC Standard Course of Study:

W5- Developing and strengthening writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting or trying a new approach. Specifically, Students will be supported in using the camera and photography to enhance and build their language and writing skills. Students will use photography and image making as a new approach to initiate writing assignments. SL1- Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas snd expressing their own clearly and persuasively. Students will work together to find their own unique individual interpretations of elements and principals of photography, and then work together to evaluate and critique each other’s findings. SL4- Present information, findings and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development and style are appropriate to task, purpose and audience. Students will be asked to share their images and explain how they feel these are accurate representations of the assignments through writing and speaking.

NC Essential Standards:

Arts Education 1.V.1 Use the language of visual arts to communicate effectively 1.V.1.3 Recognize that symbols, subjects, or themes are used in the works of others to communicate. 1.V.1.4 Understand characteristics of the Elements of Art, including lines, shapes, colors, textures, form, and space. 1.V.2 Apply creative and critical thinking skills to artistic expression. 1.V.2.1 Recognize that artistic problems have multiple solutions.  


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 50% non refundable deposit is required to book a program. Programs must be booked at least one month in advance. In the event of inclement weather, these programs can certainly be rescheduled. We make every effort to avoid cancellation of a program.