Schedule: June 7–18, 2021, 1:30–4:30 p.m.
Cost: $295.00, 1.0 university credit
Photos are powerful. They are a language all their own and continue to evolve. This two-week course invites students to explore the possibilities of the digital image. Through online introductions, assignments, and guidance (both synchronous and asynchronous) students take photos focused on creative expression, technique, and relevancy. Discussions and assignments center around the impact of the image online, photography and pop culture, and the significance of contemporary photographic art. This class addresses cultural, social, and ethical issues involving digital photos and the influence an image can have. Students learn how to read an image and articulate conceptual and formal qualities of photographs.
Projects cover a variety of photo related topics, for example, how the history of photography relates to selfie culture and social media, why this scientific invention relies heavily on art and design principals, and how all images (personal and public) belong to an archive in time. Each assignment tasks students with creating their own photos and sharing images as a group on an online peer critique platform. The schedule is structured to include 2 hours per day of contact time and at least 1 hour of independent student work. Depending on the day this will be a mix of assignment introductions, photo history and contemporary artists, class discussion, critique, and live office hours for real time personal assistance. The class will culminate with an online display of student work and a selection of fine art quality prints sent via mail.
No previous art or photography classes are required. Students may use any digital camera – from cell phones to point and shoot to DSLR cameras. Internet access is required. Students must have either a smart phone or a computer/laptop/tablet, but computer or tablet access is ideal for class critique and viewing of images.