The kids in elementary love portraits done with different types of lighting.
Rembrandt lighting, side lighting, ghoul lighting, pancake lighting,
backlighting, you could try with a tungsten light on a stand. They could take
pictures organizing their compositions with seated figures a la Picasso or
Matisse. The figure is not centrally located. Care must be taken for the
background. Does it add to the composition or lessen it. The pictures will be
warm tones from the tungsten light, but Van Gogh did this with his cafe
scenes, Degas and also Walter Sickert did this with interior lighting
paintings. Let them research before they come in with ideas on seated figures
in an interior. That way, their compositions won't be so happen - stance.
Also encourage them to use the whole role of film in different camera
positions. Birdseye view, Ant's eye view, window view, close up, and wide
angle incompassing everything in the scene, etc.
Have them make a tally sheet so that each frame is different. This teaches
them to be creative and also gives them a better idea of what an editor at a
newspaper will pick. Variety in verticals and horizontals is important too.
I hope this helps.