Photography


Welcome to Photography

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The project-based program works to prepare students to create fine art photography using the computer and a 35mm SLR or DSLR camera. Students will use the computer, scanners, and printers to create unique black and white photographs.

Course Goals

The curriculum is based on the California State Standards for Visual Art. For access to the full text of the standards, go to http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/st/ss/vaproficient.asp. This is an elective course in photography, which meets the requirements for entrance into state colleges and universities. For each new project, samples of work are shown and new techniques demonstrated.

First Semester: Student learn technical aspects of photography, digital processing with Photoshop, and basic design principles.

Second Semester: Focus is on creative exploration and manipulation of images and preparation for gallery showings.

Photography II and III: Technical aspects are reviewed the first semester and command of the digital camera is emphasized. More challenging use of Photoshop and greater control over composition is expected from the advanced students.

Instructional Setting

Classes take place in a fully equipped multimedia computer lab/digital darkroom with networked Apple iMac computers running Mac OS 10.7 or 8 and Adobe Photoshop CS6 software utilizing photo quality printers and scanners. Students use Wacom Graphire & Intuos tablets and other peripherals to complete assignments. First year students must have access to a film 35mm SLR, advanced students may use a digital SLR camera. A 70-inch monitor is in place for class presentations and group critiques. The school provides cameras for students who may not have access to one and all other material (all chemicals, negative pages, mat boards, ink, etc.).

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Student photography on display at the 2014 ArtFest.

Extra Curricular Opportunities

  • Partnerships and internships will be arranged for advanced students.
  • Community and business outreach opportunities will be developed.
  • Area “guest artists” will be invited to participate.
  • There will be preparation and guidance for students to continue post-secondary education or to enter the workplace.
  • Exhibit, display, and art show participation will be strongly encouraged.

Course Objectives

Students will:

  • Advance their visual literacy and visual communication skills and refine their ability to transform their thoughts into meaningful images using the vocabulary of the visual arts;
  • Become increasingly skilled with progressively more advanced digital tools and technologies;
  • Advance critical thinking skills, time management and organizational skills, and design problem solving through the successful completion of self-paced art projects, engaging in independent research, and actively participating in small, collaborative group projects;
  • Increase their ability to analyze, interpret, formulate and express opinions and judgements about works of art, including their own, and will exhibit their work and develop portfolios of their accumulated work;
  • Display, exhibit and publish their work, through the Marin School of the Arts, Novato High School, at local and regional shows, galleries and exhibitions and in website collections.

 

 

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