Storytelling Through Photography Workshop


Grades: 7th-12th

Fee: $375

Booking dates:

October 1, 2022-February 5, 2023

Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm

Session 1: 2.5 hours at UCR ARTS

Session 2: 1 hour at school site (preferably 1 week after visit)

Maximum of 36 students. Minimum of 1 teacher or chaperone for every 10 students and maximum of 4 teachers/chaperones. Workshop must be scheduled at least 3 weeks in advance. Dates are subject to availability. The tour and workshop are not booked until you receive an official confirmation email.

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Through an interactive docent-led tour of the exhibition, Christina Fernandez: Multiple Exposures and the hands-on Storytelling Through Photography Workshop, students will learn about work of Christina Fernandez, a crucially important Los Angeles-based artist who has spent thirty years in a rich exploration of migration, labor, gender, her Mexican-American identity, and the unique capacities of the photographic medium itself. The workshop is inspired by the series María’s Great Expedition in which Fernandez tells the story of her maternal great-grandmother, María Gonzales, who immigrated from Mexico to the United States.

In this workshop, students will learn how to tell a story through photography and why storytelling is a powerful tool in artistic photography, commercial photography, journalistic photography, and more.

For the first session at UCR ARTS, students will work directly with professional photographer, Steffanie Padilla, to learn the basics of digital photography using their own cell phone cameras,* how to tell a story through photography using photographic techniques, elements, and aesthetic principles. Students will be given an assignment as homework that they will present at the follow-up session in school for a constructive critique with peers and the teaching artist.

*If students do not have a camera on the day of the workshop, two iPads are available to be used onsite at UCR ARTS.

Learning Objectives

  • Students will strengthen their critical thinking and visual literacy skills. They will learn how to visually analyze a photograph by looking closely, describing what they see, considering formal elements, and the artist’s intention.
  • Students will learn that storytelling is a powerful tool in artistic photography, commercial photography, journalistic photography, and more.
  • Students will learn that photographers make many artistic decisions when creating an image and communicating a vision.
  • Students will create and present artworks that communicate their vision and tell their stories.

See below for California content standards connections for 7th-12th grade.

Questions? Contact Lindsey Hammel, Associate Director of Education, at or 951-827-1465.

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California Arts Standards for Visual Arts 

7th Grade: 1.1, 1.2, 2.3, 3, 6, 7.1, 7.2, 8, 11

8th Grade: 1.1, 2.1, 2.3, 3, 6, 7.1, 7.2, 8

High School – Proficient: 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 3, 6, 7.1, 7.2, 8, 11

High School – Accomplished: 2.1, 3, 4, 6, 7.1, 7.2, 8, 11

High School – Advanced: 2.1, 3, 4, 7.1, 7.2

California Arts Standards for Media Arts

7th grade: 2, 3, 6, 7, 9, 10

8th grade: 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

High School – Proficient: 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

High School – Accomplished: 2, 3, 6, 7, 8

High School – Advanced: 2, 3, 6, 7, 8

California Career Technical Education Model Curriculum Standards

Design, Visual, and Media Arts Pathway

A1.1, A1.2, A1.3, A1.4, A1.9

A2.2, A2.4, A2.6, A2.9

A3.1, A3.2

A5.2, A5.3, A5.5, A5.6

This program is subsidized by grant funding and is offered at a reduced rate.

Christina Fernandez: Multiple Exposures was made possible by grants from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Programs at UCR ARTS are supported by the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at UCR, and the City of Riverside.

Image: Christina Fernandez, María’s Great Expedition, 1995-96. Courtesy of the artist and Gallery Luisotti, Los Angeles.