I am also idea-ing for photo lessons- I will be teaching a digital photography class in a new virtual high school. I'm not yet sure how much of the curriculum is pre-set, but it will definitly be interesting. Each student will have their own camera,and I was thinking about using Gimp at the end.. I love the found letter idea- there is a children's book out there- an ABC book that is all found letters- I'm gonna see If I can find it again (maybe "Architectural Alphabet"??) I was thinking of doing some of the lessons I did in college- one is a David Hockney style collage, a white on white, photo narrative and a thematic piece. I have uber informative powerpoints that I could attempt to share if anyone is interested (they are from my professor and will need to be edited for classroom use- lots of information!). Thanks for the other links and ideas!
I did a similar project with students shooting the entire alphabet.
It was a side challenge offered on a site I belong to
(www.dpchallenge.com) participants spent a month shooting letters as
they might appear in the environment - picnic tables, tree branches,
architecture were among some of the ideas shared. Once all the
letters are shot and downloaded they are assembled in photoshop using
layers (gimp is a free program that has many of the same functions as
photoshop). Students start with an 8 x 10 canvas as the background
and add layers for each letter as well as a title for their poster.
It was a huge success and grew into students making larger format
posters and printing through Adorama (My account) or Snapfish - there
are lots on Internet printing services.
Another list member offered some wonderful ideas on his site:
The Digital Photo Challenge site link might be interesting to peek
into as they are amateurs & pros from all over the world. It's become
a learning site for me. There is nudity on the site, but the
administrators block them from the frontpage. In the few years I have
been using the site, I have never had a student abuse the links - and
I teach 6:1:1 with emotionally disturbed kids with learning and
Other areas of interest for the kids was to learn to use a lightbox
for product shots, motion panning techniques and exploring portrait
shots with the use of homemade (Home Depot) lighting set ups. Light
boxes are made out large boxes (micrwave size), sides cut out and
white paper taped over it.
...just my 2 cents, hoping it might give you some ideas