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ONSITE: Introduction to Darkroom Photography (B)

November 03, 2023

Learn to take photographs using 35mm film, process the film, and print photographs in a darkroom. Enjoy lots of technical guidance and aesthetic feedback, whether you’re just getting started or expanding your portfolio and skill set.

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ONSITE: Introduction to Darkroom Photography (A)

November 03, 2023

Learn to take photographs using 35mm film, process the film, and print photographs in a darkroom. Enjoy lots of technical guidance and aesthetic feedback, whether you’re just getting started or expanding your portfolio and skill set.

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ONSITE: Introduction to Digital Photography

November 03, 2023

Learn what all the buttons on your digital camera actually do. You’ll learn about things like white balance, resolution and megapixels. We’ll discuss how to capture an image, ensure proper exposure and create an effective composition. Weekly assignments coupled with in-class discussions will help you troubleshoot problems and develop a creative eye.

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ONSITE: Pinhole Cameras: Family Portraits

October 24, 2023

Create artful black & white portraits of yourself and others through the thousands-year-old process of pinhole photography. The simple process of creating a pinhole camera out of an enclosed container, like an oatmeal box or paint can, is fun to do. Learn how to make pinhole portraits on light-sensitive darkroom paper and experiment with various […]

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ONSITE: Photogram Cards + Crafts

October 24, 2023

We will be making photograms in the darkroom to make a set of holiday cards and crafts. You can bring items from home that have special meaning to your family and items with distinctive shapes. We will experiment with different shapes, opacities, scenes, layouts, etc.

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ONSITE: Introduction to Darkroom Photography (A)

July 11, 2023

Learn to take photographs using 35mm film, process the film, and print photographs in a darkroom. Enjoy lots of technical guidance and aesthetic feedback, whether you’re just getting started or expanding your portfolio and skill set.

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ONSITE: Intermediate Darkroom Photography (this class is only offered a few times a year)

July 11, 2023

For students with previous experience in the darkroom, this is an opportunity to explore more in-depth darkroom printing processes and gain new tools for experimentations and creativity. Students will cover a variety of skills, from how to fine-tune contrast in printing, mastering multiple exposure techniques, solarization, and more. Option to learn print toning, spotting, and […]

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ONSITE: Darkroom Photography (Ages 12-14)

July 11, 2023

Learn the fundamentals of black and white photography. We'll take photo excursions and use the darkroom to print our photographs. Ages 9-11 will use pinhole cameras and learn to create photograms. For ages 12-14, lessons include camera operation, composition, lighting, subject matter, and other principles. 12-14 year old students may bring their own manual, 35mm […]

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ONSITE: Tintype Photography

July 11, 2023

Use one of the earliest forms of photography to create tintypes, which are direct positives printed on an aluminum sheet using large format cameras. Learn the basics of this 19th century process, including how to pour and sensitize collodion, properly expose and develop plates, and apply a protective varnish. Plan to walk away with two […]

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ONLINE: Introduction to Digital Photography

July 11, 2023

Learn how to effectively and creatively use your digital camera and leave the auto button behind! You’ll learn the fundaments of photography and image capture, including aperture, shutter speed, ISO, white balance, and composition. We'll also cover tips and tricks like choosing the right lens for your image. Weekly assignments, critiques and discussions will help […]

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ONSITE: Gum Printing: Colorful Photographic Printing (this class is only offered a few times a year)

July 11, 2023

Gum printing (aka Gum bichromate) is a painterly photographic pigment process stretching back to the 19th century. This class will introduce multi-layer contact printing techniques that utilize easily accessible analog and digital photographic technologies. Learn how to make your own digital negatives and safely prepare chemicals used. We'll discuss color theory and produce beautiful color […]

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ONSITE: Lumen Prints

July 11, 2023

Explore photographic image making in a new way with lumen prints. Learn to use this analog process to create solar photograms: colorful, handmade images made with sunlight and light-sensitive darkroom paper. The process is experimental, serendipitous and playful – the results are often difficult to predict and totally beautiful. This class is great for both […]

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ONSITE: Color Film Processing

July 11, 2023

Tired of sending your film to be processed? This course teaches you to chemically develop your color film negatives specifically for analog color film photography. Students will learn how to safely use chemicals, develop their rolls of color film, and digitize negatives.

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ONSITE: Digital Photography + Photo Editing (Ages 9-11)

July 11, 2023

Learn how a digital camera works, how to import photos to computers and how to use Adobe Photoshop to edit. Go on field trips around the neighborhood to take photos, and enjoy demonstrations, hands-on practice and detailed overviews on composition and creative decision-making. Students must also have permission to go on walking field trips around […]

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ONSITE: Introduction to Darkroom Photography (B)

July 11, 2023

Learn to take photographs using 35mm film, process the film, and print photographs in a darkroom. Enjoy lots of technical guidance and aesthetic feedback, whether you’re just getting started or expanding your portfolio and skill set.

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ONSITE: Intermediate Darkroom Photography (this class is only offered a few times a year)

July 11, 2023

For students with previous experience in the darkroom, this is an opportunity to explore more in-depth darkroom printing processes and gain new tools for experimentations and creativity. Students will cover a variety of skills, from how to fine-tune contrast in printing, mastering multiple exposure techniques, solarization, and more. Option to learn print toning, spotting, and […]

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ONSITE: Family Studio: Making Beautiful Blue Cyanotypes Using Nature + the Sun

April 18, 2023

Come and make art side by side as a family. Families will explore a new medium each week and create a beautiful project together. Cyanotypes are a simple but fun photographic process involving light-sensitive paper, natural objects, and the Sun! We will walk around the neighborhood to gather objects, then come back to VisArts to […]

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