Photography and Filmmaking

Beginner or pro? Film or digital? Our courses will help you find your focus, whether you want to learn a new technique, get introduced to the latest software, and immerse yourself in critique and discussion.

The cyanotype, one of the earliest developed photographic processes, is an accessible option for students interested in exploring alternative photography. In this workshop, students will learn basic cyanotype techniques and create their own with just sunlight and water, while learning a brief history of alternative photographic processes. During the first class session, students will apply sensitizer to paper to make solargrams and prints from desktop negatives and the images they bring along.

Saturday
Aug 1 - Aug 8
9:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
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Have you ever seen an old blue photograph or blueprint and wondered how it was made? Are you interested in learning hands-on techniques for creating photographs or prints with or without the use of a computer? In this course, students will learn the basics of non-silver photography and different ways to approach the medium of screenprinting. From novice to experienced artists, this class will give students a wide range of techniques to draw from and combine, and possibly open new means of self-expression. / Materials fee of $30 in addition to class tuition.

Saturday
Oct 17 - Nov 7
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
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This class will focus on the mechanical operations of a digital SLR camera, and with those skills students will learn how to best articulate their photographic vision. This course spans the range of techniques from exposure and composition to the features of a DSLR camera that make photography more exciting than ever before. Although the use of digital imaging programs may be inevitable, they will not be the heart of this class. First and foremost students will learn how to get the image right the first time, at a level so high that no manipulation will be required.

Tuesday
Sep 8 - Nov 4
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
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Do you have a fascinating story to tell or know a friend or family member with an interesting history to share? This class will provide you with a chance to preserve that story through the medium of documentary film. Using interviews, narration, photographs, and other visual material, students will learn techniques related to documentary film production, including the basics of pre-production; interviewing techniques; voiceover narration; camera operation; lighting; sound; and editing; resulting in a unique one-of-a-kind documentary.

Saturday
Sep 12 - Oct 3
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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This class will offer an introduction to stop-motion animation, covering frame by frame techniques and basic concepts of this traditional and very hands-on style of animation. The instructor will share behind the scenes videos of animations that use stop-motion animation techniques and will provide an overview of DragonFrame, the stop motion capture program. Students will dig into the fundamentals of animation by learning about frame rate and basic animation principles, such as squash and stretch, ease-in/ease-out, anticipation, and more.

Thursday
Oct 15 - Nov 12
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
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The storyboard is the first tool used in applying images to a script. During this class, students will learn about the basic mechanics of film and the translation of a script into a storyboard for animation or live-action film. Students will also learn to recognize specific types of shots and editing techniques, understand camera motion and angles, and choose the best of these tools to illustrate a script. The class will be taught through lecture, discussions, handouts, in-class exercises, and the viewing of screened clips from films.

Monday
Sep 14 - Oct 12
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
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The Wetplate Collodion process is the second oldest commercially successful photographic process; its heyday lasted from 1851 until the end of the 19th century. The technique was highly successful worldwide, and enjoyed an especially vibrant life in the United States. The process was long dormant, but has experienced a renaissance in the past few decades.

Saturday
Sep 12 - Sep 19
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
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Students in this class we will learn to catch light! The class will use the historical and alternative photographic method of Van Dyke Brown to explore the nature of photography. This will be a fascinating introduction into photographic principles utilizing unconventional (by todays standards) ways of capturing images. In addition to being fun and fascinating, these antiquated and unique approaches will instill a fundamental understanding of how contemporary cameras function.

Saturday, Sunday
Nov 7 - Nov 8
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
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This class will focus on the creative possibilities within digital photography. For most teachers, updating skill sets can be a challenge, both technically and creatively, with the evolving state of hardware, software, and students' growing abilities. In this workshop, students will explore the advances made within the two main digital imaging programs: Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom, as well as develop creative and engaging assignments for a wide range of high school classrooms.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Jun 22 - Jun 26
9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (with a one-hour lunch)
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This workshop will focus on the mechanical operations of a Digital SLR (Single Lens Reflex) camera, and with those skills, learn how to best formulate projects and assignments for high school students.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Jun 15 - Jun 19
9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (with a one-hour lunch)
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