• Course Description:

    Creative camerawork with light-sensitive emulsions is at the core of this semester-long course. Students become familiar with the process and aesthetic considerations of the medium, beginning with basic technical instruction and problem-solving methods for black-and-white film photography. Camera operation, film processing, printmaking and presentation are the main areas of concentration. (Students must provide their own film cameras.) Essays and reviews deal with contemporary issues as well as the history of the medium, in addition to work in the darkroom. In successive semesters, students investigate the concept of fine print, experiment with a variety of materials, and employ more extensive manipulation of images. Evaluation is based of effort and progress. Continuing study assumes mastery of tools, materials and processes. Fee is $60; additional expenses for film, paper and field trips.

    Enduring Understandings:

    • Artists communicate sensibility and meaning through visual & performing arts.
    • Artists manipulate their medium(s) to construct meaning.
    • An artist's ability to listen and interpret affects his or her ability to understand the art form.
    • A level of proficiency is necessary to communicate an artist's intent.
    • An artist's use of skills and techniques is a continual, repetitive learning process.
    • Artists present finished products or performance.
    • The critique process can lead to heightened awareness of aesthetics.
    • Critiques promote the use of art vocabulary.
    • The critique process is a valuable analysis of what takes place intuitively.

    Essential Questions:

    How do form, content and context express and influence meaning?
    How do elements (nouns) and principles (adjectives) facilitate the creative process?
    How do skill and technique enable the creative process?
    How do we use critique to inform our art?

    Course Academic Vocabulary:

    • Emulsion
    • ISO
    • Grain
    • Exposure
    • Camera Obscura
    • Shutter speed
    • Aperture
    • Focal length
    • Depth of field
    • Reciprocity
    • Contrast
    • Sabatier Effect
    • Burning, dodging 

    Course Units / Topics of Study:

    • Photography as a visual language
    • The nature of light
    • Camera function
    • Elements and principles of design
    • Content genres
    • Introduction to the history of photography
    • Making the negative
    • Darkroom
    • Making the print