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Start Date: May 6, 2017 Days: Sat Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm

Spend the day with artist Ray Bidegain, learning this fascinating old process. You will learn how to mix up the needed materials and receive instructions on how to gather and build the equipment to make wet plate collodion tintypes.  We will spend the day pouring plates and making images in the studio and darkroom. By the end of the day you will have had a chance to make many plates and should have a good understanding of the process.  Techniques covered will include learning and understanding equipment and materials needed for Wet Plate Collodion, using of a 4x5 view cameras to make Tintypes and Ambrotypes, pouring plates, exposing plates, developing plates by inspection, finishing plates using sandarac varnish and safety measures needed.


No prerequisite

Start Date: Aug 2, 2017 Days: Wed Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

The history of self-portraiture by photographers is rich and extends well beyond the ubiquitous phone selfie.  Through a series of lectures students learn how artists like Francesca Woodman, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Cindy Sherman, have used the self-portrait in their work. The instructors will continue the discussion using examples and stories from personal experiences of using self-portraiture as a part of their artmaking practice. Together we will explore the practical ways self-portraiture can help our own photographic skills and process. Students will be challenged through a series of homework assignments to explore the many genres of self-portraiture including comedy, disguise, vulnerability, and abstraction. Assignments will be reviewed by the class to help students develop better understanding of how these facets can strengthen them as photographers.  All formats and skills welcome, self-portraits will be made outside of class time and student work will be presented as either digital files or prints.

Prerequisite: None, but students will need their own cameras.

Start Date: Jun 19, 2017 Days: Mon Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Explore the world of darkroom photography. Working hands on with Katharine T. Jacobs who’s years of darkroom experience will leave you inspired to learn traditional photographic techniques. Leave this 6 week course with a series of darkroom prints, the ability to shoot and process 35mm film and basic darkroom skills to continue in your own practice and apply to your current photography techniques.

Use your SLR camera
Process 35mm film
Make a series of prints in a traditional darkroom
Create a series 5-10 final prints

Employ darkroom techniques such as dodging, burning and split printing to manipulate images for your desired results.

No prerequisites.

Start Date: Jun 21, 2017 Days: Wed Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

You’ve recently completed your first photography class, or perhaps it has been a few years. You’re pleased with your pictures but sense they could be better.  But how?  If only you knew which questions to ask.  In this class you’ll spend eight weeks exploring how to improve your pictures under the patient guidance of Frank Lavelle, a photo-educator and fine-art photographer with over thirty years experience.  You’ll learn to take advantage of light and color, adding emotional, symbolic, and intuitive elements to your photographs.  Weekly assignments will be complimented by critiques and slide presentations illustrating technical and aesthetic issues, including often misunderstood issues like composition and exposure.  Along the way you’ll expand your repertoire.

Prerequisite: Working knowledge of a camera.

Start Date: Jun 20, 2017 Days: Tue Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Explore alternative process printing with Ray Bidegain. Spend four sessions working with Ray Bidegain exploring three popular Alternative processes. We will begin with a session in the digital lab learning how to make enlarged digital negatives for contact printing. Students will learn to make digital negatives from digital files generated with their camera or by scanning camera negatives. Scanning will not be covered in this session so negative scans will have to be done by students ahead of time. In the following three sessions we will learn to make cyanotype, VanDyke Brown, and Platinum palladium prints. Students will leave the class with a basic understanding of these great alternative processes and a variety of prints for their portfolios.

No prerequisites.

Start Date: Jul 14, 2017 Days: Fri Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Paris, Rome, Istanbul, Portland.  Portland?  Yes, believe it or not, more than a few overseas visitors travel to Portland to vacation and photograph.  And why not? We have it all-a beautiful geographic location on the river, interesting architecture and events, parks, markets, fascinating neighborhoods and nightlife, not to mention the residents themselves. Using Portland as our subject, and through a combination of slide lectures, assignments, and constructive critiques. In this workshop, you will explore the techniques and equipment necessary to make truly interesting and memorable travel photographs.  As someone once said, “if you can’t make interesting photographs at home, what makes you think you can do it in Marrakesh?”


Workshop hours are Friday 6:00pm-9:00pm on campus, Saturday 9:00am-12:00pm on photo field trip, Sunday 9:00am-12:00pm on campus.