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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Look at Me: Student Self-portraiture: (Grades: 3-12)


Program description

This program uses the power of image to empower your students to express themselves uniquely and confidently. We will share the art of strong photographic composition, and guide your students through brainstorming sessions to help them create concept-based self portraits that represent who they are in their world. Students will also be encouraged and supported through writing narratives, as


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Program Detail

Program type: Day Trip, Out-of-School-Time, Residency, Workshop
Artistic Discipline: Dance, Literary Arts, Media, Multi-discipline, Multi-media, Storytelling, Theater, Visual Arts
Cultural Origin: Multicultural, Other
Subject: Dance, English, Language Arts, Literacy, Other, Social Studies / History, Technology, Theatre Arts, Visual Arts
Population served: Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

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

Available times:

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

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

A projector or smartboard is necessary; access to an outdoor area is preferred.


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

Fees / Ticketing:

This can be a multiple session program, and the cost is based upon total hours of instruction and 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. Specifically, students will be invited to write about the unique personal experiences, characteristics, ideas and opinions to better inform their image making. SL2- Make strategic use of digital and visual media to express information and enhance understanding of self in society.  R4- Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific words choices shape meaning or tone. Students will be provided with assignments that challenge them to think dynamically and descriptively in visual and literary means to better express themselves through their photographic image making. Writing will expand to more desciptive, poetic and personal styles through the practice and review over the course of the program.   Students will develop their topic with concrete details and introduce and develop a clear concept. Students will use technology to support and produce their information and ideas. Students will be able to use image making technology to incorporate narrative elements effectively into text or visual narrative in order to express to an audience.    

NC Essential Standards:

From the NC Arts Education 9-12 Essential Standards: B.CX.1.2 Explain how art influences historical perspectives on society. B.CX.1.3 Understand how art is used to document human experience. B.CX.1.4 Interpret art in terms of cultural and ethnic context. B.CX.1 Understand the global, historical, societal, and cultural  contexts of the visual arts.  5.CX.2.3 Understand the balance of individual roles and collaborative skills to create art.  5.CX.2 Understand the interdisciplinary connections and life applications of the visual arts.  5.CX.2.4 Interpret visual images from media sources and the immediate environment. Specifically, Students will use photography and the practice of self portraiture to respond reflectively (individually and in groups) while considering a variety of expressive texts (e.g., memoirs, vignettes, narratives, diaries, monologues, personal responses) in a way that offers an audience.   Students will have the opportunity to think critically about how their culture and personal experience affects their creation of a self portrait and is received by an audience. Students will have the opportunity to work collaboratively. Students will make connections between ideas, concepts and themselves as character and vehicle for expressing those ideas and concepts.


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

References Myers Park High School, Charlotte, NC

Evonne Peterson, Sedgefield Middle School,

Janice Soucey, Socrates Academy,

Carey Jackson Adams, Greensboro Day Academy,




Cancellation Policy

There is a 50% non refundable deposit required upon booking a program. Programs must be confirmed at least one week prior to the reserved date. We make every effort to accommodate any needs to reschedule a visit as long as ample notice is provided.