The art of photography offers both a window into the past and an opportunity for creativity today. This activity aims to immerse pupils in the photography of the period, enabling them to understand the narrative of images from the archives before creating their own, using costume and the settings of the Museum.
During their photograph creation, pupils will consider elements such as facial expression, background, the objects they would like to hold, the story they would like to tell of themselves, posture, who else might be in their photograph, composition and place.
This activity enables students to:
- Dramatise and communicate about photography in the past
- Create their own images that say something about who they are today
- Understand the parameters of photography in the past and to edit their own images accordingly
- Make decisions about how they would like their images to be taken and to support other students in the choices they make
- Build confidence in their own abilities and willingness to express their own views.
Schools need to bring their own cameras.
Target age: Years 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
Duration: 1 hour
Group size: Whole class
Season: All year