Jeff Larson
Animation Instructor and District Pathway Coordinator

Sense of Place: Landscapes, Environments, Psychology, and Narrative (Photography Project Using Adobe Spark Page)

Project Published 1/16/17 Last updated on 4/24/19

This lesson utilizes photographs from SFMOMA’s collection that feature natural and urban environments. The images range from traditional compositions to unique, abstract approaches, introducing students to different ways landscapes and environments can be captured and presented. Additionally, this lesson asks students to view, discuss, and reflect on artists’ intentions and the emotional or narrative effects of the work. Using the examples as inspiration, students then create their own image or series of images.

Essential Questions

  • How does photography tell a story about a particular place?
  • How do the choices an artist makes affect the way we interpret the story or emotions behind a photograph?

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand and analyze how composition choices, framing, cropping, or arranging can have an impact on the emotional or narrative qualities of an image.
  • Create a photograph/series of photographs that focuses on a natural/urban environment and includes a strong emotional/narrative component.

Materials Needed

  • 3–5 printed copies of 9 photographs from the lesson
  • Photograph Analysis Worksheet
  • Link to the Adobe Spark presentation "Sense of Place:Landscapes, Environments, Psychology, and Narrative"
  • Link to the lesson and content on SFMOMA's website :
  • iPads, laptops, or computer lab
  • Photoshop

    Editing and compositing for photos, web and mobile app designs, 3D artwork, videos, and more.

  • Adobe Spark

    Adobe Spark is an easy-to-use tool that helps you turn your ideas into compelling social graphics, web stories, and animated videos

1+ Month
Content Standards
Common Core State Standards
Creativity and Innovation


  • 3–5 printed copies of 9 photographs from the lesson
  • Camera or cell phone with camera
  • Photograph Analysis Worksheet
  • Link to Adobe Spark presentation
  • iPads, laptops, or computer lab

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