Exploring the art and craft of photography is an excellent creative outlet that anyone can enjoy. Learn the basic functions of a camera – even the one on your own phone!
Discover techniques that draw the viewer’s eye and give emotion and depth to the two-dimensional. Learn to see like a photographer and choose the best way to capture your subject. What gives an image its impact? How do great photographers make their pictures stand out? How do you want to tell your story?
Photography classes help students to see their surroundings differently and encourage exploration of seemingly familiar places. Learning new ways to look at things can also help to gain a new perspective on life.
All programs are available in-person or by video
All programs can also be done outdoors in nice weather or with overhead cover
- Cyanotypes (Sun Prints) – The word ‘photography’ means ‘writing with light’. In this class we use the light of the sun to create an image on light-sensitive paper that the student can keep. Students will create an image/layout with found objects and transparencies, and then watch as the light makes its mark on the paper. Development takes place within minutes and students see their own image preserved. This class touches on photography fundamentals, silhouettes and basic development procedure (using only water) and demonstrates the limitless potential of the art using readily available objects. (1 hour class plus $2 per person for materials) Note: If the day is cloudy we will do an inside “Point of View Photo Walk” instead (see below)
- Self-Portrait – We will learn about some famous self-portrait examples, then think about and discuss how the students will portray themselves in their own self-portrait. Props will be provided. If time allows, students may select their favorite image to project and/or print and discuss with the class. Practice getting creative and explore photography as a tool to express what’s within! (1 hour class plus $1 per person for materials) Please let us know if you would like us to provide the cameras, or if the students will use their own digital or cellphone cameras.
- Point of View Photo Walks – Point of View is a component of photography that can be used as a technique of self-expression or creativity. We will have a short discussion of one or more photographic concepts and then guide students to examine their own point of view and explore new ones. What does the carpet or the bark of a tree look like up close? How about a potted plant from underneath? Students are encouraged to reexamine their surroundings and find new ways to look at potential subjects. We will then discuss anything interesting in the images or things discovered along the way. Can be done indoors or outdoors. (1 hour class plus $1 per person for materials) Please let us know if you would like us to provide the cameras, or if the students will use their own digital or cellphone cameras.