A Perfect Picture

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This photography-based project will be a journey of self-discovery for students, to enable them to learn more about who they really are and how the images they share with the world can cause responses and reactions which may be unexpected or unwanted. Students will create a portfolio of photographs using mobile phones or cameras and we will then introduce them to new techniques to create montages which will be mounted on different materials, such as wooden panels. The art works will then be exhibited within the school.

 Young people frequently use their mobile phone cameras to capture and share images and we want to explore this further, to see if feelings of self-worth could be improved, through the taking of self-portraits. By working with children and young people on a photography-based project, it will not only teach them the fundamental principles of taking images of themselves but will also encourage them to think about their own place within society and the contribution they make.

 Delivered through a series of workshops which will take place over an agreed number of weeks, we will work with the students to create a portfolio of images. We will use different techniques to show the importance of composition, form, colour and narrative and students could then spend time away from the workshops, taking additional photographs to be used in the project. Using art and creativity, we will encourage and support students to recognise their own importance and reflect upon how they can take responsibility for their own personal development.

The outcome for each student will hopefully see their self-confidence improve. They will also have learnt some new skills which they can develop further if they choose.

 Key Stage it is applicable for

This activity is relevant for all Key Stages. The programme content will be adjusted to suit the age group, following discussions with school staff, and all safeguarding measures will be adhered to


Visual arts


How the offer links to the curriculum

This activity links to the following curriculum subjects:


  • Art and Design
  • Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE)
  • English
  • History
  • Design and technology
  • Computing
  • Mathematics
  • Geography
  • Languages
  • Religious Education
  • Citizenship


Learning outcomes

This activity will deliver the following learning outcomes, which are linked to the National Curriculum:


  • Students will be able to produce unique works of art, which will enable them to explore their ideas and record their experiences, during the development, design and production phases.


  • Students will develop their research, creative and analytical skills


  • Students will learn about different techniques and use this knowledge to create their own montages, which will all be uniquely personal to the individual


Blackfield Creatives will discuss the cost of delivering this project with each school

Required resources

  • Classroom/artroom setting with student access to IT