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At CPB Prism, we commit to teaching visual arts to young minds. Since 2018, we have been testing and updating our photography curriculum to deliver an engaging course. We offer various visual arts engagements.

1. Basics of photography in the classroom

From light to composition, this program introduces students to photography. Mentors will guide the students through each concept and review their photographs through the program. With hands-on learning, the students also learn to explore their surroundings and develop observational skills.

Past Collaborators: Akshar Arbol International School, Kendriya Vidyalaya,  Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, Chennai, Ashok Leyland - Road to School Program, and Ajay Memorial Foundation

Basics of photography class at Ajay Memorial Foundation

2. Advanced Photography in the classroom

This program is best suited for students who have competed our basic photography program. This course will dive deeper with different techniques and encourage students to use art as a form of expression and storytelling. Students will be able to move onto the DSLR camera after this program.

Past Collaborators: Akshar Arbol International School

Photography session at Kannagi Nagar

3. Theme-based photography workshop

Integrating arts with themes is a way to enhance learning experience and attempts to invite students to think about various topics. Some of the themes we have worked on are Climate Change, Exploring Gender, Heritage, Self and Identity, and Culture. Each of the topics dwell on various elements and how they affect our day-to-day life. We also have exhibitions as we culminate these thematic workshops.

Get in touch with us to integrate these workshops in your classroom. 

Past Collaborators: VR Chennai, Goethe-Institut, ThinkArts,  Ramana Vidyalaya, Manal Magudi

Students learning street composotion

4. Photography Training for Organizations

Train your team to photograph the best of the field. Documenting work through photographs is the best way to showcase the works of your organization. This course will cover how to take better photos for reports and document the different scenes of a classroom.

Past collaborators: Agastya Foundation, Freshworks, Learning Links Foundation

Train the trainer program at Agastya Foundation

5. One on one mentorship

Individual  attention and reviews by our mentors is a great way to explore your passion for photography. Timings for this session can be set according to your convenience. This program will cover the basics of photography and can also be customized accordingly.

Prism mentor giving feedback

6. Exhibition Design and Curation

Exhibitions are a way to let the public interact with the art. We have had several student showcases on different topics through the years. We also offer to curate an exhibition on already existing visual outcomes.

Past Venues: Manal Magudi, VR mall, Egmore Museum

Reach out to us at education@chennaiphotobiennale.com to know more about our programs and offerings.

This is what our students have to say

I loved the theory I learnt in this workshop, and it helped have me a different perspective and view on how to take photos.The assignments helped me learn many new things and were very interesting. I also interacted with many people, and made many new friends. Overall, I had a delightful experience and I had a lot of fun! -

Mekhala, 10

"I had great fun and enjoyed the workshop thoroughly. I learned a lot of tips on how to take photos. Even my parents are able to see a difference in my photos. My mother also shares them with my grandparents, and they also appreciate it. Just because of this class, I have seen an improvement"

Vidyavinodhi, 13

“This was a refreshing experience in the lockdown. There were multiple perspectives on how a photo becomes art, and all of these were explained by the workshop instructors really well. Looking at contemporary and past examples also allowed a wider field of perception as well as a greater understanding of the form. Thank you for this!”

EyeSpywithCPB - Workshop Participant

This what our partners have to say

"NalandaWay Art Labs have been set-up in Government schools to provide children the opportunity to learn and experience visual and performing arts. We sincerely thank the organizers of the Chennai Photo Biennale for organizing photography workshops in our Art Labs for children. It gave them an opportunity to learn the techniques of photography from experts and express their perceptions through the medium."

Sriram Ayer – Founder & CEO, NalandaWay Foundation

"As we rapidly advance into the digital era, there is a need for children to be successful citizens beyond school. Therefore educating and engaging children in any form of Art leads to creating possibilities for them to be successful. The photo biennale is an excellent event to support as it provides a platform for children to experience, think creatively & learn the basics in the art of photography while enjoying the fun of taking photographs. For those children who get an opportunity to participate the biennale will become moments to remember and share."

N V Balachandar - Executive Director, Ashok Leyland

"With constantly updating media, culture, cellphones and laptops. It’s very easy for kids to fall into the trap of the digital world. Using the same technology, this four day workshop on exploring gender and photography has been a successful starting point to improve their artistic knowledge."

Murugaboopathy - Playwright, Manal Magudi