Photography

At Southwest School of Art, we have an exceptional facility for teaching traditional and non-traditional imaging. Students receive a solid technical foundation in photography, combined with opportunities to learn innovative techniques, both historical and digital.

Photography Material List

Material list is either listed in the class description, will be discuss during the first class, or the materials will be supplied.

Registration

Spring 2020 Registration Dates
Friends of SSA: Online | Tues, Dec 3 at 9:00am
Phone | In-Person | Thurs, Dec 5
Open registration | Tues, Dec 10

Photography Studios Course Descriptions

 5000 | Darkroom Studio Rental

Level: Intermediate/Advanced | Instructor: Victor Pagona
Dates: 1/22/2020 to 4/12/2020 | Arranged through Department 
Studio: Lende Photography Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $340.00 | Friends/Seniors (65+): $325.00

The Lende Photography Studios are completely equipped photographic workspaces available to experienced photographers. The equipment is available on a first-come, first-served basis, with photography classes and full-term students given priority. The fee includes access to the darkroom, traditional black and white chemistry, and dry workspaces. Students are responsible for all cleanups. Prerequisite: Intermediate photography classes or equivalent experience. Before enrolling, students need to contact Department Chair Victor Pagona at 210.200.8256.

 5001a | Introduction to the Digital Camera

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Nancy Cavender-Garcia
Dates: Tues, 1/21/2020 to 2/18/2020 | 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Digital Imaging Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $165.00 | Friends/Seniors (65+): $150.00

Digital cameras can be easy and fun to use, but expanded knowledge can take results to a higher level. Explore what all those controls, features, and functions are for. This class covers how to take better photographs as well as how to transfer images from camera to computer or the internet. You will discover your camera's potential by practicing classic shot techniques, and will also learn how to manage digital assets by editing, preparing, printing, and archiving images.

 5001b | Introduction to the Digital Camera

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Nancy Cavender-Garcia
Dates: Tues, 2/25/2020 to 3/31/2020 | 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Digital Imaging Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $165.00 | Friends/Seniors (65+): $150.00

Digital cameras can be easy and fun to use, but expanded knowledge can take results to a higher level. Explore what all those controls, features, and functions are for. This class covers how to take better photographs as well as how to transfer images from camera to computer or the internet. You will discover your camera's potential by practicing classic shot techniques, and will also learn how to manage digital assets by editing, preparing, printing, and archiving images.

 5006a | Introduction to Photography.1

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Ramin Samandari
Dates: Mon, 1/27/2020 to 2/24/2020 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Studio: Ellison Lecture Hall | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $165.00 | Friends/Seniors (65+): $150.00

This introductory class is designed for those who want to learn basic creative control of their manual 35mm film or digital SLR camera. Sessions will cover cameras, focal lengths, composition, camera angles, and strategies for making successful photographs. This class reveals methods to make photographs more interesting, dynamic, and impactful by using simple techniques and compositional tools. The instructor will work individually with students to solve specific problems.

 5006b | Introduction to Photography.1

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Ramin Samandari
Dates: Mon, 1/27/2020 to 2/24/2020 | 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Ellison Lecture Hall | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $165.00 | Friends/Seniors (65+): $150.00

This introductory class is designed for those who want to learn basic creative control of their manual 35mm film or digital SLR camera. Sessions will cover cameras, focal lengths, composition, camera angles, and strategies for making successful photographs. This class reveals methods to make photographs more interesting, dynamic, and impactful by using simple techniques and compositional tools. The instructor will work individually with students to solve specific problems.

 5007 | Introduction to Photography.2

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Ramin Samandari
Dates: Mon, 3/2/2020 to 3/30/2020 | 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Ellison Lecture Hall | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $165.00 | Friends/Seniors (65+): $150.00

This class continues where the Introduction to Photography.1 class ends and expands upon its content in greater depth. Class assignments will cover topics such as the use of available light, flash, tripod, and creative camera control. This class will emphasize the creative and innovative applications of equipment to achieve inspired photographs.

 5010 | Black & White Darkroom Photography.1

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Victor Pagona
Dates: Wed, 1/22/2020 to 4/1/2020 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Lende Photography Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $330.00 | Friends/Seniors (65+): $315.00

This class is designed for photographers who have no previous darkroom experience or those who want to expand their knowledge of the darkroom. Learn about black & white film developing and printing, dodging and burning of prints, toning, print retouching, and print finishing. Essential elements of camera handling, metering, lens accessories, camera accessories, and composition issues will be explained and demonstrated. Intermediate-level photographers will be encouraged to achieve better mastery over their equipment, materials, and printing skills.

 5035 | Black & White Darkroom Photography.2

Level: Intermediate/Advanced | Instructor: Victor Pagona
Dates: Wed, 1/22/2020 to 4/1/2020 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: Lende Photography Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $340.00 | Friends/Seniors (65+): $325.00

This class is designed for the advanced photographer who desires a challenging environment in which darkroom skills can be honed. Through darkroom demonstrations, class assignments, field trips, and informal gatherings to discuss photographic ideas, you will finish the term with a rich body of work ready for exhibition. Prerequisite: Instructor approval of portfolio prior to enrollment.

 5061 | Computer Graphics: Exploring Adobe CS®

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Todd Fichter
Dates: Fri, 1/24/2020 to 3/27/2020 | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Studio: Digital Imaging Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $285.00 | Friends/Seniors (65+): $270.00

This studio course will allow you to explore the creative possibilities available through the use of Adobe Creative Suite® for artistic purposes. Topics include computer graphics hardware, electronic images, electronic publishing, and vector-based graphics. Hands-on training with basic drawing/painting, word processing, and desktop publishing applications will be covered. Assigned projects will explore how to apply art, design, and computer knowledge in solving visual and conceptual problems. Adobe Creative Suite includes Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Requirements: A working knowledge of computers is essential.

 5131 | Digital Negatives

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Joe Harjo
Dates: Sat, 2/8/2020 to 2/8/2020 | 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Studio: Lende Photography Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $75.00 | Friends/Seniors (65+): $60.00

This one-day workshop will introduce you to the process of making digital negatives for use in contact printing and other alternative photographic and printmaking processes. Import, export, and variations of the digital negative will be covered as well as what situations they will work best in. The course will include instruction in making digital negatives for Gelatin Silver printing, liquid light, Vandyke, and Platinum and Palladium printing. You can expect to walk away with a basic introductory understanding of how to create and utilize digital negatives within your art making.

 5156 | Composition and Creativity

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Victor Pagona
Dates: Sat, 2/1/2020 to 2/1/2020 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: Lende Photography Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $75.00 | Friends/Seniors (65+): $60.00

This short workshop covers compositional principles, viewing psychology, and artistic considerations relevant to all photographers. Learn to conceptualize, frame subjects and scenes, process work, and develop a personal style.

 5202 | Digital Imaging.1

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Nancy Cavendar-Garcia
Dates: Wed, 1/22/2020 to 4/1/2020 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Digital Imaging Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $320.00 | Friends/Seniors (65+): $305.00

This course will provide a thorough grounding in Photoshop and is designed to expand your skills in pixel-based photographic design and printing. Adobe Photoshop® is the primary image processing program used to digitally enhance, alter, and retouch photographic images. Using digital cameras to capture images, as well as flatbed and film scanners to digitize other photographic images, then use computers to improve or alter those images. A variety of output methods will be used, including laser and ink jet printers, to introduce you to the artistic possibilities of digital photography.

 5211 | Professionalism and Presentation

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Nancy Cavender-Garcia
Dates: Mon, 2/3/2020 to 4/6/2020 | 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Studio: Gen Ed Classroom | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $230.00 | Friends/Seniors (65+): $215.00

This course is geared to help artists gain professional self-confidence. Learn to speak and write about your work by developing a personal artistic philosophy, an artist statement, bio, and résumé. You will learn how to present your work by putting together a professional portfolio, as well as how to network effectively, the protocols of gallery conduct, and business skills for the artist. Assigned readings and group discussions will be a weekly element of the class.

 
 

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5001a | Introduction to the Digital Camera
See description above
Dates: 1/21/2020 - 2/18/2020 | 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Classes scheduled every week on Tuesday starting 1/21/2020 and ending 2/18/2020 at 7:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 165.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 150.00 ea.

5001b | Introduction to the Digital Camera
See description above
Dates: 2/25/2020 - 3/31/2020 | 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Irregular classes scheduled starting 2/25/2020 and ending 3/31/2020 at 7:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 150.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 165.00 ea.

5006a | Introduction to Photography.1
See description above
Dates: 1/27/2020 - 2/24/2020 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Classes scheduled every week on Monday starting 1/27/2020 and ending 2/24/2020 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 165.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 150.00 ea.

5006b | Introduction to Photography.1
See description above
Dates: 1/27/2020 - 2/24/2020 | 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Classes scheduled every week on Monday starting 1/27/2020 and ending 2/24/2020 at 7:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 150.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 165.00 ea.

5007 | Introduction to Photography.2
See description above
Dates: 3/2/2020 - 3/30/2020 | 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Classes scheduled every week on Monday starting 3/2/2020 and ending 3/30/2020 at 7:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 165.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 150.00 ea.

5010 | Black & White Darkroom Photography.1
See description above
Dates: 1/22/2020 - 4/1/2020 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Irregular classes scheduled starting 1/22/2020 and ending 4/1/2020 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 330.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 315.00 ea.

5035 | Black & White Darkroom Photography.2
See description above
Dates: 1/22/2020 - 4/1/2020 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Irregular classes scheduled starting 1/22/2020 and ending 4/1/2020 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 340.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 325.00 ea.

5061 | Computer Graphics: Exploring Adobe CS®
See description above
Dates: 1/24/2020 - 3/27/2020 | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Classes scheduled every week on Friday starting 1/24/2020 and ending 3/27/2020 at 9:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 285.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 270.00 ea.

5131 | Digital Negatives
See description above
Dates: 2/8/2020 - 2/8/2020 | 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Classes scheduled every week on Saturday starting 2/8/2020 and ending 2/8/2020 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 75.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 60.00 ea.

5156 | Composition and Creativity
See description above
Dates: 2/1/2020 - 2/1/2020 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Classes scheduled every week on Saturday starting 2/1/2020 and ending 2/1/2020 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 75.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 60.00 ea.

5202 | Digital Imaging.1
See description above
Dates: 1/22/2020 - 4/1/2020 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Irregular classes scheduled starting 1/22/2020 and ending 4/1/2020 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 305.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 320.00 ea.

5211 | Professionalism and Presentation
See description above
Dates: 2/3/2020 - 4/6/2020 | 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Classes scheduled every week on Monday starting 2/3/2020 and ending 4/6/2020 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 230.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 215.00 ea.

5000 | Darkroom Studio Rental
See description above
Dates: 1/22/2020 - 4/12/2020 | Arranged through Department
Classes scheduled every week on Monday starting 1/22/2020 and ending 1/27/2020
 
Attendees: 1 $ 340.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 325.00 ea.

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