Alice Proujansky: Teaching Visual Literacy Through Photography

Tuesday, July 9, 2019
11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

Aperture Foundation
547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor
New York, N.Y.


This one-day workshop is intended for photo educators and photographers looking to build their skills in the classroom.

Led by Aperture Teaching Artist and author Alice Proujansky, and grounded in Aperture’s On Sight curriculum, this workshop will teach participants how to decode and encode images, and how to interpret photographs using flexible, engaging inquiry techniques that make material accessible to middle- and high-school students. Through this workshop, participants will understand the ways that images communicate, how students can infuse their own photographs with meaning, and ways to move beyond art history lectures toward truly thoughtful interpretative conversations that encourage students to make personal connections with visual imagery.

The Aperture On Sight curriculum is designed to teach visual literacy through working with photography and creating photobooks. The curriculum builds students’ abilities to communicate as visual storytellers, develops them as creative and critical thinkers, and builds their capacity for academic and professional success.

The curriculum relies on the equation form + content + context = meaning as a framework for twenty lesson plans that guide teachers working with students in grades six through twelve.

Alice Proujansky is a documentary photographer and teaching artist, and the lead curriculum writer for Aperture On Sight, Aperture’s photography and visual literacy curriculum. Her photographs of women, labor, birth, and leftists have been published widely, and she has received support from the International Women’s Media Foundation, the Magnum Foundation, the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, Women Photograph, and others. Her book Go Photo! An Activity Book for Kids was published by Aperture in 2016.



  • Learn engaging strategies for teaching visual literacy
  • Receive lesson plans, inspiration, and project ideas
  • Plan a photobook project for your students


Tuition for this one-day workshop is $250 and includes lunch and light refreshments.

Currently enrolled students and Aperture Members at the $250 level and above receive a 10% discount on workshop tuition. Please contact [email protected] for a discount code. Students will need to provide proper documentation of enrollment.



Registration ends on Friday, July 5, 2019
Contact [email protected] with any questions.



Please refer to all information provided regarding individual workshop details and requirements. Registration in any workshop will constitute your agreement to the terms and conditions outlined.

Aperture workshops are intended for adults 18 years or older.

If the workshop includes lunch, attendees are asked to notify Aperture at the time of registration regarding any special dietary requirements. Please contact us at [email protected].

If participants choose to purchase Aperture publications during the workshop they will receive a 20% discount. Aperture Members of all levels will receive a 30% discount.



Aperture reserves the right to take photographs or videos during the operation of any educational course or part thereof, and to use the resulting photographs and videos for promotional purposes.
        By booking a workshop with Aperture Foundation, participants agree to allow their likenesses to be used for promotional purposes and in media; participants who prefer that their likenesses not be used are asked to identify themselves to Aperture staff.



Aperture workshops must be paid for in advance by credit card, cash, or debit card. All fees are non-refundable if you should choose to withdraw from a workshop less than one month prior to its start date, unless we are able to fill your seat. In the event of a medical emergency, please provide a physician’s note stating the nature of the emergency, and Aperture will issue you a credit that can be applied to future workshops. Aperture reserves the right to cancel any workshop up to one week prior to the start date, in which case a full refund will be issued. A minimum of ten students is required to run this workshop.



Please act responsibly when using any equipment provided by Aperture or when in the presence of books, prints etc. belonging to other participants or the instructor(s). We recommend that refreshments be kept at a safe distance from all such objects.

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