Teen Academy - Summertime Stories: Principles of Digital Imagemaking and Visual Storytelling

Course Code: 22MTAPV012C

Dates: August 1-5, 2022

Meets: M, Tu, W, Th and F from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM ET

Location: ICP (84 Ludlow Street)

Early Bird Fee: $465 (valid through May 31)

Sorry, this course is full.


Images are everywhere, but how do you tell a story through your photographs? This one-week intensive digital photography class introduces teens of all levels to the basic principles of digital image-making, from composing to exploring the effects of light. Through photographic assignments whether venturing throughout NYC or staying closer to home, students expand their understanding of the technical and aesthetic possibilities of digital capture and output on the subject matter of their choice. Through writing exercises, different techniques will be presented for using words with images. Critiques led by faculty and guest artists will foster confidence in storytelling, as students discuss their work and reflect upon their progress. By the end of the course, students will have developed a series of images with accompanying text that tell their summertime stories!

Need-based scholarships are available for all Teen Academy classes. To apply, please visit: https://www.icp.org/school/teen-academy.

Course Level/Prerequisite: Open to all skill levels. No prior photography experience is needed for these foundation courses.

Note: This class will be held in-person. Students will need access to a smartphone, DSLR or mirrorless camera, or a digital point and shoot camera in order to complete assignments. If they do not have their own device, there are a limited number of DSLR cameras that can be signed out from ICP. Please reach out to Teen Academy staff at [email protected] after registering if you would like to sign out a camera for the duration of the course.

Program Description: ICP’s Teen Academy welcomes teenagers ages 14–19 from across the country and around the world to develop their skills as visual storytellers in a range of online and in-person courses. The program is designed to cultivate visual literacy, personal vision, and leadership skills through classes focused on the techniques and history of photography and visual culture. All curricula include: photographic and writing assignments, open lab time, visual presentations, discussions, critiques, field trips, guest artist visits, and a culminating presentation for family and friends celebrating the students’ achievements.

In accordance with ICP’s COVID-19 Safety Guidelines and Policies, all students are required to be fully vaccinated and to have received the most recently available booster shots in order to attend onsite courses. This includes courses taking place at the ICP School location (79 Essex Street - entrance at 84 Ludlow Street) as well as offsite locations. Students will be required to provide proof of their vaccination status on the first day of class, unless an exemption has been granted. ICP requires masks to be worn while in class, and while in other public areas of ICP, to protect the health and safety of all employees, students, and visitors. We encourage students, faculty, and staff to wear a KN95 and/or KF94 mask at ICP. These policies are subject to change at anytime.

Courses are subject to minimum enrollment. In order to comply with ICP’s COVID-19 Safety Guidelines and Policies, registration for this course will close two days prior to the start date of the course.

Students attending in-person courses will be required to complete ICP’s online Daily Health Screening prior to entering the ICP school.

Fee: $465.00

Fee Breakdown

Course Fee (Basic)Early Bird Fee$ 465.00
Course Fee (Alternate)Course Tuition$ 490.00

ICP (84 Ludlow Street)

Néstor Pérez-Molière

Néstor Pérez-Molière was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and currently resides in The Bronx, New York. His art entails a process of self-discovery; a series of confessionals revealing private conflicts; hoping towards catharsis. Through this cathartic process he hopes to connect with the viewer's struggles and depathologize negative feelings so that they can be seen as a source for political action rather than its antithesis. Néstor exposes mental health issues like depression, dysmorphia, food addictions, and loneliness: describing their mechanisms, scrutinizing their origins, and illuminating the impossibility of fixing them. His practice mainly takes place in the realm of photography but has also incorporated performance, drawing, video, installation, and intaglio techniques into his works.

He received an MFA from Hunter College and holds a BSc in Botany. He was part of the Artist in the Marketplace 2017 and Creative Capital's Taller 2019 mentorship programs, and was included in The Bronx Museum of the Art's Fourth Biennial. He has exhibited at the Museo de las Américas, the Clemente Soto Vélez, Longwood Gallery, and the Liga de Estudiantes de Artes de San Juan, Puerto Rico. Interested in becoming an educator, he currently teaches digital and darkroom photography, as well as media literacy at the Parsons School of Design, Art Academy of Cincinnati, International Center of Photography, THE POINT CDC, and StrudelMediaLive.

Date Day Time Location
08/01/2022Monday11 AM to 3 PM ICP (84 Ludlow Street)
08/02/2022Tuesday11 AM to 3 PM ICP (84 Ludlow Street)
08/03/2022Wednesday11 AM to 3 PM ICP (84 Ludlow Street)
08/04/2022Thursday11 AM to 3 PM ICP (84 Ludlow Street)
08/05/2022Friday11 AM to 3 PM ICP (84 Ludlow Street)


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