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 Studios Course Descriptions

 5000 | Darkroom Studio Rental

Level: Intermediate/Advanced | Instructor: Victor Pagona
Dates: Dates and times to be arranged with instructor, 9/19/2017 to 12/3/2017 | 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.

 5001a | Introduction to the Digital Camera

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Victor Pagona
Dates: Tues, 9/19/2017 to 10/17/2017 | 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.

 5006a | Introduction to Photography.1

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Ramin Samandari
Dates: Mon, 9/25/2017 to 10/23/2017 | 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, 9/25/2017 to 10/23/2017 | 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: Nancy Cavender-Garcia
Dates: Mon, 10/30/2017 to 11/27/2017 | 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Gen Ed Classroom | 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, 9/20/2017 to 11/29/2017 | 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 Nov 22.

 5035 | Intermediate/Advanced Darkroom

Level: Advanced | Instructor: Victor Pagona
Dates: Wed, 9/20/2017 to 11/22/2017 | 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.

 5137 | Digital Archiving of 2-D Artwork

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Ramin Samandari
Dates: Sat, 10/28/2017 to 10/28/2017 | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Studio: Lende Photography Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $85.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $70.00

Professional quality, high-resolution photography is a must for artists who care about their artwork. When applying to galleries or shows or posting online, it is the photographed image that represents one's artwork and professionalism. Student-artists in this class will learn how to make professional quality digital documentation of two-dimensional artworks. Learn how to correctly use light meters and different types of lighting. NOTE: A digital SLR camera with manual settings and working knowledge of the camera is necessary (5001 | Intro to the Digital Camera or equivalent knowledge is recommended); please bring your camera to class.

 5156 | Methods of Matting and Framing

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Victor Pagona
Dates: Sat, 10/14/2017 to 10/7/2017 | 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Studio: Lende Photography Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $90.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $75.00

When preparing work for an exhibition, frame shops do a great job, but the cost can be prohibitive for the prolific artist. Students will learn how to give their artwork a professional look and save on the expense by learning to cut their own mats. This class will cover the basics of mat cutting, including selecting the right mat, measuring properly, using a mat-cutter to cut a window, and proper mounting. A myriad of framing options, and how to make informed decisions about frame selection will also be explored. This class is open to all media and a must for those who want their artwork to look professional.

 5202 | Digital Imaging.1

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Joe Harjo
Dates: Wed, 9/20/2017 to 11/22/2017 | 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. No class Nov 22.

 

 

 
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5000 | Darkroom Studio Rental
Dates and times to be arranged with instructor
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday starting 9/19/2017 and ending 9/19/2017
 
Attendees: 1 $ 325.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 340.00 ea.

5001 | Introduction to Computer Graphic Programs | Date Change
Dates: Wed, 9/27/2017 to 11/29/2017 | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Wednesday starting 9/27/2017 and ending 11/29/2017 at 9:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 285.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 270.00 ea.

5001a | Introduction to the Digital Camera
Dates: Tues, 9/19/2017 to 10/17/2017 | 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Tuesday starting 9/19/2017 and ending 10/17/2017 at 7:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 150.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 165.00 ea.

5006a | Introduction to Photography.1
Dates: Mon, 9/25/2017 to 10/23/2017 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Monday starting 9/25/2017 and ending 10/23/2017 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 150.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 165.00 ea.

5006b | Introduction to Photography.1
Dates: Mon, 9/25/2017 to 10/23/2017 | 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Monday starting 9/25/2017 and ending 10/23/2017 at 7:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 150.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 165.00 ea.

5007 | Introduction to Photography.2
Dates: Mon, 10/30/2017 to 11/27/2017 | 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Monday starting 10/30/2017 and ending 11/27/2017 at 7:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 150.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 165.00 ea.

5010 | Basic Black & White Darkroom
Dates: Wed, 9/20/2017 to 11/29/2017 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
See description above.
Irregular classes scheduled starting 9/20/2017 and ending 11/29/2017 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 315.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 330.00 ea.

5035 | Intermediate/Advanced Darkroom
Dates: Wed, 9/20/2017 to 11/22/2017 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Wednesday starting 9/20/2017 and ending 11/22/2017 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 325.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 340.00 ea.

5137 | Digital Archiving of 2-D Artwork
Dates: Sat, 10/28/2017 to 10/28/2017 | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Saturday starting 10/28/2017 and ending 10/28/2017 at 9:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 70.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 85.00 ea.

5156 | Methods of Matting and Framing | Date Change
Dates: Sat, 10/14/2017 to 10/14/2017 | 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Saturday starting 10/14/2017 and ending 10/14/2017 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 75.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 90.00 ea.

5202 | Digital Imaging.1
Dates: Wed, 9/20/2017 to 11/22/2017 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
See description above.
Irregular classes scheduled starting 9/20/2017 and ending 11/29/2017 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 320.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 305.00 ea.

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Purchase the classes that you would like to attend. To find classes, visit the Adult Class pages. Be sure to read the descriptions before selecting your class(es). Note: Each area of concentration will have separate registration forms. If you're registering for more than one area of concentration, please follow the prompts shown in the registration form. 

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Complete your payment information. Once your credit card payment is submitted, you will receive a e-mail with confirmation of your registration.

 

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