The Urban Landscape for Teens (ages 12-18) with Gina Valona (In-Person Learning – One Week)
Photo by Gina Valona

The Urban Landscape for Teens (ages 12-18) with Gina Valona (In-Person Learning – One Week)

  • July 18, 2022
    10:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • July 19, 2022
    10:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • July 20, 2022
    10:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • July 21, 2022
    10:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • July 22, 2022
    10:00 am - 1:00 pm

In-Person Learning

Los Angeles is a massive, sprawling metropolis housing neighborhoods and communities of all shapes and sizes. There are remote woodsy enclaves, suburban tree-lined neighborhoods and concrete laden areas. In this class, students will take advantage of this melting pot of environments and turn their cameras on their neighborhoods in an effort to document their communities.

On Monday, students will meet to talk about what urban landscape means, go over general camera information and discuss various photo techniques. For part of the class, students will meet in predetermined locations to practice capturing the essence of Los Angeles’ diverse landscapes. Students will complete shooting assignments outside of class in an effort to build a strong body of work that best tells the visual story of the urban landscape in which they reside. Class time will be devoted to reviewing and critiquing students images. Time will also be devoted to examining the work of various acclaimed photographers and images they made in the cities they call home.

The class will culminate with each student presenting his or her project.

This course will include at least one field trip, likely more. Students/parents should be prepared to meet on location and provide their own transportation. In addition, students should wear comfortable shoes and expect to walk up to two or three miles for each trip.

A Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera or digital mirrorless camera capable of manual control settings is highly recommended for this class. However, all types of cameras are welcome, including film cameras.

Gina Valona ( is a photographer, performer and arts educator who uses various mediums to process and transform personal experiences into works addressing issues of identity and sustainability. She has exhibited her photography in galleries throughout the U.S. and has performed on stage at the Getty Center Los Angeles, the Shanghai International Theatre Festival (China) the National Theatre of South Korea. Currently she is pursuing her MFA in Public Practice at OTIS College of Art and Design and is an instructor at the Los Angeles Center for Photography. Her artistic goal is to create works that spark meaningful conversations. She believes that conscious daily actions may serve as both quiet and/or radical acts of revolution that initiate positive personal, local and global change.
COVID-19 Alert:
Please note this course will be held In-Person. Participants will be required to wear masks at all times, in addition to practicing social distancing. By registering for this class you recognize the risks of contracting COVID-19 and release and hold harmless the Los Angeles Center of Photography from all liability.

One Week (Five Sessions)
Dates: Monday-Friday, July 18-22, 10 am – 1 pm
Enrollment Limit: 15 students
Skill/Experience Level: Students should have a working knowledge of their camera. A basic understanding of photography fundamentals is encouraged.
Tuition: $395



Venue Phone: 323-380-7406

Venue Website:

5481 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, California, 90029, United States


Thymele Arts Building
The building is located on the northeast corner of Santa Monica Blvd and Western Ave. Please enter the building on Santa Monica Blvd. Once inside, please proceed to the 2nd floor via the stairs or elevator. On the second level, you will be greeted by an electronic billboard letting you know which room the class will be held in (The Shirley Dawn Room, The California Room, The Kansas Room OR The Common Room).

An underground parking structure can be found very close at:
1110 North Western Ave.
Hollywood, CA 90029
Please bring $5 cash to park in the parking lot. There is also street metered parking as well if you rather park on the street.

Details Price Qty
The Urban Landscape for Teens with Gina Valona (In-Person Learning)show details + $395.00 (USD)  
Bronze Member - The Urban Landscape for Teens with Gina Valona (In-Person Learning)show details + $375.25 (USD)  
Silver Member - The Urban Landscape for Teens with Gina Valona (In-Person Learning)show details + $355.50 (USD)  
Gold Member - The Urban Landscape for Teens with Gina Valona (In-Person Learning)show details + $316.00 (USD)