Photography: What Makes a Good Picture?

by  Cleveland Museum of Art

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Why do some photographs intrigue us more than others? In this interdisciplinary program, middle school students are introduced to the science and art behind this extremely popular form of visual communication. Accompanying materials include in-program activity guides as well as teaching extensions for getting students launched on their own photographic projects. What Makes a Good Photograph? Explore what makes an interesting photograph by viewing the works of contemporary and historical photographers in the CMA collection. Using an activity sheet to discover how focus, framing, point of view, and subject matter can influence meaning in a photograph, students will lay the foundation for their own creative view through the camera.

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By Request: $145.00
By Request Premium: $130.00

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40-60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Adult Learners

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:


Primary Disciplines

Fine Arts, Language Arts/English, Sciences

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Programs are non-refundable, however cancellations due to technical difficulties, school closings, or those received 48 hours in advance may be rescheduled for no additional charge. Rescheduling is subject to availability.

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Cleveland Museum of Art

Cleveland, Ohio
United States

Distance Learning for adult audiences at The Cleveland Museum of Art allows lifelong learners to connect with the CMA and enrich their studies of history and visual arts through our collection of art and artifacts from around the world. Through live, interactive videoconferencing, students participate in conversations with museum educators that are two-way and fully interactive.

Virtual learning for Pre-K–Grade-12 students offers connections
with the CMA collection through live, interactive video sessions with a
CMA educator. Explore artworks through discussion, writing, drawing,
and movement.  Lessons are designed for grades Pre-K–Grade-12 and are designed to support standards.

Arielle Levine

Program Details


1. Discuss focus, lighting, point of view, framing, timing, subject using examples by master photographers such as Alfred Stieglitz, Larry Fink, Aaron Siskind, Edward Weston and others
2. Elements of photography interactivity
3. Answer remaining questions


1. Students will understand how considerations such as focus, framing, point of view, lighting, time and subject matter can influence meaning in a photograph.
2. Students will compare and contrast images taken by contemporary photographers to photographers of historical significance.
3. Students will learn and understand how to use photographs as a stimulus for the creative writing process.
4. Students will learn how photographs can help people recall moments in personal history.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

All programs are aligned with the National Education Standards, Ohio Department of Education Academic Standards, and New York State Learning Standards.

State Standards

All programs are aligned with the National Education Standards, Ohio Department of Education Academic Standards, and New York State Learning Standards.