educator lab

Fall 2021 Educator Lab:
Peer Exchange in the Park

educator lab

As educators, we know and experience the power of photography and storytelling in our classrooms. For our students, photography can be a tool for self-reflection or a tool for exploration. It can be a medium to tell their own narrative or to interrogate the world around them. It can be a practice for learning leadership, collaboration, and project management. With all these possibilities and so many ways to approach them, the Fall 2021 Educator Lab offers a space for peer teaching/learning exchange. 


In this Educator Lab, you will hear from many arts educators who are exhibiting student work at the festival, as well as enjoy an artist-led tour of Photoville. Come away with new photo ideas and approaches to bring back to your classroom, or tools and reflection to deepen your practice. Join us for happy hour at the end of the event! 


Photoville Educator Labs are professional development workshops for educators to be inspired, connect and collaborate on ways to bring visual storytelling into the classroom. The program is free and open to educators of all subjects and of all ages, but the content will be focused on middle school and high school art teachers working in the DOE and in community programs. 


All attendees will be subject to a COVID-19 safety screening and be required to wear masks at all times, regardless of vaccination status. Please visit the FAQ page for more details.

Photoville will continue monitoring public health guidance to determine the suitable capacity, format and safety guidelines for this event.



Wendy Barrales, dándoles sus flores (giving them their flowers)

Oral History Remix: Interview a notable community member to create an intergenerational multimedia project.  


Jacqueline Du, In Our Eyes 

Self & Community: Photo activities for middle school students to reflect and build their personal and community identity. 


Caitlin Gibbons, Small Details

Collaborative Curation: Work with students from start to finish to conceptualize, curate and produce an exhibition. 


Yael Glick, System Error

Investigating Issues: Interview activists and critically think about a social justice issue. 


Natalia Guerrero and Lion’s Tooth Project youth, LEGACY

Connect, Dream & Re-Imagine: Storytelling and story-making honoring legacy, ancestry, and collective wisdom as queer, trans, Black, Indigenous, and POC young people.


Leigh Klonsky, “An Incredible Freedom”

Framing Theme/Quote: Examine an artist quote to facilitate independent, student-centered personal projects


Brenna McLaughlin, Teaching Creativity

Video Artist Statements: Craft a personal statement about your process and your art


Ben Russell, Teaching Creativity

Family Stories: Prompt students to look towards their family & culture with fresh and creative eyes. 

Produced and Hosted by Photoville Education


Proudly supported in partnership by PhotoWings and the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment

Saturday September 18, 2021 

1:30 PM – 6:00PM EST

In Person at Photoville



Wendy Barrales  (she/her): I am an artist, educator, and founder of the WOCArchive. As a first-gen Xicana and daughter of formerly undocumented Mexican immigrants, I work to center my family’s stories in my art, community organizing, & classroom. I’ve spent the last 10+ years as a public school educator learning alongside young women of color & gender expansive youth in the Bronx and Brooklyn, with a focus on justice based education and the power of storytelling. Currently, I work on preserving the stories of our mothers, sisters, & abuelitas through the Women of Color Archive (@wocarchive). WOCArchive is an art-based intergenerational storytelling project founded in 2016 with a single interview of my grandmother’s life in rural Veracruz that now houses multiple projects created by former students & community members of all ages. We are a growing project and are currently accepting public submissions.

Tearah-Picard-Self-PortraitJacqueline Du has been a visual arts educator in New York City for over 10 years, working in all five boroughs with young people to strengthen individual confidence, deepen community care, and cultivate joy through the practice of art-making. She holds a BFA in visual arts from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and an M.A. in art education from the City College of New York, CUNY.

Amanda VargasCaitlin Gibbons is an art educator whose love of photography began at age 9 while working with her grandfather. She currently works in Brooklyn, New York at Digital Art and Cinema Technology High School, where she has taught art and filmmaking for the past four years. She holds a master’s in art education from New York University, and has over nine years of education experience. Prior to her work in education, Gibbons served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Rwanda, developing a community program funded by the Museum of Photographic Arts (San Diego, CA) that still runs today. When not teaching, she continues to develop her art practice, focusing on independent documentary projects.

Daniel-José CyanLion’s Tooth Project inspires immigrant, queer, and BIPOC youth to have more agency around their personal stories, healing, and wellness through photography and earth medicine. We believe in the healing power of community, story-telling, story-keeping, and connection to the earth. We center the voices of QTBIPOC youth by connecting in our legacy, joy, and experiences as a tool for liberation. This presentation will be led by Natalia Guerrero (they/them), Founding Director of Lion’s Tooth Project, along with two youth photographers presenting their LEGACY projects this year who have also co-facilitated our ongoing programs.

Charli RodriguezLeigh Klonsky is an artist and an art teacher, teaching art in the New York City public school system for almost 20 years. Since 2007 she has taught Digital Art & Photography to middle and high school students at East Side Community School in the Lower East Side. She also runs the East Side Photo Program, an after school intensive program for dedicated photography students.

Erica_FredesBrenna McLaughlin is a photographer and educator, currently teaching at the High School of Art and Design—a Career & Technical Education (CTE) school located in Manhattan, New York. She believes the camera is an essential pedagogical instrument, and a way to tell inventive stories by empowering young people to share their perspectives of the world. As the photography teacher at A+D, McLaughlin spearheaded the curriculum for the three-year photography program. The CTE model is an incredible way to bring the real world directly into the classroom. McLaughlin believes art can help foster conversations to be an advocacy tool for Black lives, and so many stories that matter. She advocates for the photography industry to become a more balanced and diverse community. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. 

annette_palaciosAfter over 30 years as a freelance commercial photographer working for corporate, editorial, and nonprofit clients, Ben Russell started a second career as a high school art teacher. He teaches visual art, black and white film photography, and digital photography at the High School of Fashion Industries in New York City. Russell also teaches at the International Center of Photography and the Fashion Institute of Technology. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.