The basic elements of visual art are:
The principles of design are:
Define these terms orally, or have students look up the definitions.
For each term, depending on grade level, the students will look for a picture from a magazine, a collection of photographs, OR take a photograph with the use of a camera which demonstrates the concept being taught.
This can be used for each concept individually, or in the creation of a unit, which is inclusive of all these concepts. Or, as with my class of fourth graders, it has become a year long project to find connections between other forms of visual art, photography, and their use in the real world.