Art in Action is an educational program for working with teens and youth through visual research and photo projects.

The author and mentor of the program is an award-winning photographer, international journalist, TV producer and teacher, Olga Ingurazova. She uses decade of professional experience to work with young authors. 

About 300 young people from Russia, Italy and Armenia have already participated. 

With few cameras or simply smartphones they founded a city photo archive, filmed the European Football Championship, created a travel guide, and much more, by using only the basic photo/video skills.

Olga's author's methodology includes elements of classical and contemporary photography, visual arts, journalism, social pedagogy, communication, research, art therapy, project teamwork, and mentoring.

* Learning labs are organized to form the whole range of skills: hard skills, soft skills, and self skills.

Practical workshops are developed for each group of participants, depending on their interests, needs and local conditions. Olga helps young authors and local educators to make important decisions and guide the process of an adventure in real-life conditions. Young authors go through all stages of work on a visual project/series/collection together, gaining not only skills, but also meaningful experience.

The program acts in following directions:

- teach practical visual and communication skills for study, creativity, or future occupation
- establish personal connections with the local history and culture 
- help youth to research and tell their own stories
- create conditions for actual practice side by side with a professional
share methods of working with local teachers in the field


* Once the work done, the participants present the result in one of the MODERN APPLICABLE FORMATS (curated photo exhibition, photo book, publication, screening, etc.)

PROJECTS' EXAMPLES

TOWN ARCHIVES 

How to create  new official photo archive in the city destroyed by the earthquake? Teens learned to organize different types of shootings and became co-creators of the history of their town. SEE MORE...

FORMULA OF LIFE 

How to attract young people to study the history and life of the first in Russia Academic Town through visual research? The guys stumbled across an unexpected discovery made in the world-famous city of scientists in the capital of Siberia. SEE MORE...

THE SILK ROAD

How to attract tourists to an industrial city by telling a story that neither the guests nor the locals knew before? Teens illustrated the forgotten urban legend in the style of the world's leading magazines.SEE MORE...


INHABITANTS OF THE  S. CITY
 

How to show students how their talents and ideas may unfold in their hometown? Young authors shot their first commercial project right inside the college building. SEE MORE...

FAIR PLAY

 How to turn local teens that live in the war zone, into European Football Cup photographers? Boys and girls competed with foreign photojournalists, showed an important tournament with their own eyes and opened the first group photo exhibition in the capital of the unrecognized state. SEE MORE...

MIXING THE OLD AND NEW

How to make different generations to better understand each other and speak the same visual language? Students used creativity and imagination to tell personal stories about their values, hard challenges and dreams. SEE MORE...

 

Email me if you would like to host an Art in Action session in your country / city / school / studio. 

OFFLINE / ONLINE format is possible. 

Or if you would like to know how you can independently work with teens and youth.

Do you have questions?  WRITE ME:)

ABOUT OLGA

Russian-born award-winning photographer, international journalist, tv producer and educator. Conducted professional and educational activities in more than 20 countries. 

Began her career by documenting post-conflict recovery and the aftermath of separatist movements, participated in peacekeeping dialogue programs. 

 Awarded internationally and exhibited  worldwide. 
Clients: National Geographic, Wall Street Journal, Smithsonian magazine, RTL, DR1, Washington Post, Io Donna, Courrier international and others. 

Member of the International Federation of Journalists, Russian Union of Journalists, Russian Union of Photo Artists and International Women Photograph Foundation

HOW IT WORKS 

√ A week before the lab, Olga and the participants (pupils/students of an educational institution or any group of teens) meet together for an online diagnostic call. Olga upgrades a workshop program considering the group/participants' requests or basic needs.

√ During the OFFLINE or ONLINE lab, Olga and the guys become real colleagues. They have from 5 to 14 days to create and present to the public a visual project.

√ TOGETHER they go through the entire creative, organizational, and business side of the process - searching for ideas, getting to know the works of famous authors, searching for places and heroes, filming, and the final presentation.

√ No special skills or technique is required.

VIDEOS AND BACKSTAGES

FORMULA OF LIFE  film

FORMULA OF LIFE  backstage

"Mixing the Old and New"  and "Town Archives" are the learning labs that teach students applicable know-how for personal and commercial purposes, while making them feel co-creators of the local history.

Using Format