Calgary In-Person Photography Course for Teens 

6:00 - 7:00 Wednesdays  Mar15 & 22, Apr5, 12, & 19
SCA Community Hall -- 277 Strathcona Drive SW
For kids 13 & up
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Strathcona Christie Aspen Community Hall is hosting a Kids Photography Academy (KPA) photo course for teens!  KPA Founder and professional photographer Janet Pliszka creates a fun, supportive and creative environment for teens to connect to themselves, others and the world around them through photography.  She provides the tools for them to find their voice and build their confidence as they share their unique stories.

Learn Exposure

Learn and experiment with Aperture, Shutter speed and ISO to Gain a solid understanding of exposure and creative choices.  

Play with Composition

Learn and play with a variety of compositional techniques to improve the look of their photos.  

Tell Stories

combine technical and compositional skills into a number of storytelling projects during class and beyond, if they desire. 

Build Confidence

see your teen's confidence soar as they learn new skills, expand their creativity and realize their unique stories are worth sharing

SCA Community Hall

Located at 277 STrathcona

"in-class" learning will be in the Founders room.  We will also be outdoors exploring the center grounds and surrounding areas as much as we can!
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Meet the instructor

Janet Pliszka

Janet is the creator of Kids Photography Academy.   She's been a professional photographer for over 16 years. She's always loved watching kids get curious about her camera and that motivated her to start teaching photography in camps and schools in her city of Calgary. Now, she's thrilled to also offer online experiences for kids everywhere through KPA.  Her students describe her as super encouraging, fun and knowledgeable.

She is all about sparking passion, confidence, and curiosity in kids by teaching them this craft she loves so much.
Patrick Jones - Course author

Frequently asked questions

What does my teen need to bring to the photography course?

- ***A camera with aperture priority, shutter speed priority and manual mode settings.  Contact Janet if you need to ask any questions about cameras.
- A camera bag to protect and carry camera in.
- A memory card and an extra battery.
- A notebook and pen
- Appropriate clothing for the evening
- Good shoes for walking in.
- Open mind and positive attitude!

How will the teens learn?

I bring in lots of different ways to learn:  slideshows, games, examples, challenges, discussions, and critiques.  The best way to learn photography is hands-on, so there will be loads of time to practice the concepts we will learn and discuss together.   Teens will be given challenges to work on at home during the week between classes, if they so wish.

What are the minimum and maximum number of kids attending?

There is a maximum of 12 kids attending the course.   The minimum number of kids to have the program run is 5.   If we are not able to secure 5 participants, we will notify you a week in advance. Your deposit will apply to another session or we’ll refund you in full.  Be sure to tell your friends so we can keep the course running!!

Will the group be leaving the SCA community center?

Yes.   There are photogenic areas to explore around the center that are ideal for picture taking and storytelling so we will leave the center to take full advantage of what's around us.   It's a great way to learn about different lighting situations as well!