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 2019 priority registration for Members opens online Tues, December 4th at 9:00am. General registration starts Tues, December 11th.

Photography Studios Course Descriptions

 5001a | Introduction to the Digital Camera

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Joe Harjo
Dates: Tues, 1/15/2019 to 2/12/2019 | 7:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Studio: Digital Imaging Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $165.00 | Members/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. Students will discover their 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: Joe Harjo
Dates: Tues, 2/26/2019 to 4/2/2019 | 7:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Studio: Digital Imaging Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $165.00 | Members/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. Students will discover their camera's potential by practicing classic shot techniques, and will also learn how to manage digital assets by editing, preparing, printing, and archiving images. No class Mar 19.

 5006a | Introduction to Photography.1

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Ramin Samandari
Dates: Mon, 1/28/2019 to 2/25/2019 | 10:00 AM- 12:00 PM
Studio: Ellison Lecture Hall | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $165.00 | Members/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, 1/28/2019 to 2/25/2019 | 7:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Studio: Ellison Lecture Hall | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $165.00 | Members/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, 3/4/2019 to 4/1/2019 | 7:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Studio: Ellison Lecture Hall | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $165.00 | Members/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 | Basic Black & White Darkroom

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Victor Pagona
Dates: Wed, 1/23/2019 to 4/3/2019 | 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Studio: Lende Photography Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $330.00 | Members/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. No class Mar 20.

 5011 | Learning to See Creatively

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Nancy Cavender-Garcia
Dates: Wed, 1/23/2019 to 3/27/2019 | 10:00 AM- 12:30 PM
Studio: Ellison Lecture Hall | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $260.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $245.00

Student-artists of all media are welcome since this class is about the creative process of art making, not the particular medium with which you choose to create. Perception and creativity are the cornerstones of an artistic style. It is the interpretation and visualization of the subject that moves artwork from ordinary to extraordinary. Focus on refining your artistic vision so as to create unique artwork that communicates to others with emotional resonance. Aspects of visual design will be examined, as will how the creative experience works for each student-artist individually. Through assignments, exercises and concrete constructive critiques, you will sharpen your personal artistic vision.

 5035 | Intermediate/Advanced Darkroom

Level: Advanced | Instructor: Victor Pagona
Dates: Wed, 1/23/2019 to 4/3/2019 | 9:30 AM- 12:30 PM
Studio: Lende Photography Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $340.00 | Members/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, students will finish the term with a rich body of work ready for exhibition. Prerequisite: Instructor approval of portfolio prior to enrollment. No class Mar 20.

 5061 | Introduction to Computer Graphic Programs

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Todd Fichter
Dates: Wed, 1/23/2019 to 3/27/2019 | 9:00 AM- 12:00 PM
Studio: Digital Imaging Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $285.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $270.00

This studio course will help students develop a strong understanding of 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. Using computers, students will use Adobe Creative Suite , which includes Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Requirements: A working knowledge of computers is essential. A materials list will be provided upon enrollment.

 5175 | Composition and Creativity

Level: New | All Levels | Instructor: Victor Pagona
Dates: Sat, 2/9/2019 to 2/9/2019 | 9:30 AM- 12:30 PM
Studio: Lende Photography Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $75.00 | Members/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.

 5176 | iPhone Photography

Level: New | All Levels | Instructor: Victor Pagona
Dates: Sat, 3/2/2019 to 3/2/2019 | 9:30 AM- 12:30 PM
Studio: Lende Photography Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $75.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $60.00

Find yourself taking more and more pictures with a phone on a daily basis? Learn from a photographer whose practice includes photographing regularly with a iPhone. This short workshop can help improve the digital photos the phone captures. Students will learn the various camera functions of their iPhone, and will practice shooting during in-class exercises.

 5202 | Digital Imaging.1

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Nancy Cavender-Garcia
Dates: Wed, 1/23/2019 to 3/27/2019 | 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Studio: Digital Imaging Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $320.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $305.00

This course will provide a thorough grounding in Photoshop and is designed to expand the student's 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, students will 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 students to the artistic possibilities of digital photography.

 5000 | Darkroom Studio Rental

Level: Intermediate/Advanced | Instructor: Victor Pagona
Dates: Dates and times to be arranged with instructor, 1/14/2019 to 4/5/2019 | Arranged through Department- Arranged through Department
Studio: Lende Photography Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $340.00 | Members/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.

 
 

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