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

 5001a | Introduction to the Digital Camera

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Nancy Cavender
Dates: Tues, 1/23/2018 to 2/20/2018 | 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: Nancy Cavender
Dates: Tues, 2/27/2018 to 4/3/2018 | 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, 1/29/2018 to 2/26/2018 | 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, 1/29/2018 to 2/26/2018 | 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, 3/5/2018 to 4/2/2018 | 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, 1/24/2018 to 4/4/2018 | 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.

 5011 | Learning to See Creatively - Date Change

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Nancy Cavender
Dates: Wed, 1/31/2018 to 4/4/2018 | 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Studio: Gen Ed Classroom | 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, 1/24/2018 to 4/4/2018 | 9:00 AM - 12:00 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.

 5061 | Introduction to Computer Graphic Programs

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Todd Fichter
Dates: Wed, 1/24/2018 to 4/4/2018 | 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 using Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign 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. Requirements: A working knowledge of computers is essential. A materials list will be provided upon enrollment.

 5091 | Improving Your Photographs

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Victor Pagona
Dates: Sat, 2/10/2018 to 2/10/2018 | 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Studio: Lende Photography Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $65.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $50.00

No need to buy new camera, lens or other expensive equipment to take dramatically better photographs. This morning seminar, for both digital and film photographers, reveals methods to aid in making photographs more interesting, dynamic and successful by using simple techniques and compositional tools that professional photographers use on every assignment. A handout with examples will be provided. Students are encouraged to bring in specific questions or problem photos to find out what went wrong.

 5156 | Methods of Matting and Framing

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Victor Pagona
Dates: Sat, 3/3/2018 to 3/3/2018 | 9:00 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, 1/24/2018 to 4/4/2018 | 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 inkjet printers, to introduce students to the artistic possibilities of digital photography.

 5265 | Controlling & Understanding Exposure

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Joe Harjo
Dates: Sat, 1/27/2018 to 1/27/2018 | 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Studio: Lende Photography Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $85.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $70.00

This class is designed to enhance the digital photographer's understanding of exposure-whether photographing landscapes, still life, portraitures, or any other subject matter. Student-artists will explore how the camera meters a scene and learn how shutter speeds and apertures work separately and in combination. Understanding the principles of exposure will greatly improve photography and confidence when it comes to taking quality digital photographs. NOTE: A digital SLR camera with manual settings and working knowledge of the camera is required. Students should bring their camera to class.

 5000 | Darkroom Studio Rental

Level: Intermediate/Advanced | Instructor: Victor Pagona
Dates: Dates and times to be arranged with instructor, 1/22/2018 to 4/6/2018 | 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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5001a | Introduction to the Digital Camera
Tues, 1/23/2018 - 2/20/2018 | Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Tuesday starting 1/23/2018 and ending 2/20/2018 at 7:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 165.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 150.00 ea.

5001b | Introduction to the Digital Camera
Tues, 2/27/2018 - 4/3/2018 | Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
See description above.
Irregular classes scheduled starting 2/27/2018 and ending 4/3/2018 at 7:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 165.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 150.00 ea.

5006a | Introduction to Photography.1
Mon, 1/29/2018 - 2/26/2018 | Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Monday starting 1/29/2018 and ending 2/26/2018 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 165.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 150.00 ea.

5006b | Introduction to Photography.1
Mon, 1/29/2018 - 2/26/2018 | Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Monday starting 1/29/2018 and ending 2/26/2018 at 7:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 165.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 150.00 ea.

5007 | Introduction to Photography.2
Mon, 3/5/2018 - 4/2/2018 | Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Monday starting 3/5/2018 and ending 4/2/2018 at 7:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 165.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 150.00 ea.

5010 | Basic Black & White Darkroom (Full)
Wed, 1/24/2018 - 4/4/2018 | Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
See description above.
Irregular classes scheduled starting 1/24/2018 and ending 4/4/2018 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 330.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 315.00 ea.

5011 | Learning to See Creatively - Date Change
Wed, 1/31/2018 - 4/4/2018 | Time: 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Wednesday starting 1/31/2018 and ending 4/4/2018 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 245.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 260.00 ea.

5035 | Intermediate/Advanced Darkroom
Wed, 1/24/2018 - 4/4/2018 | Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
See description above.
Irregular classes scheduled starting 1/24/2018 and ending 4/4/2018 at 9:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 340.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 325.00 ea.

5061 | Introduction to Computer Graphic Programs
Wed, 1/24/2018 - 4/4/2018 | Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
See description above.
Irregular classes scheduled starting 1/24/2018 and ending 4/4/2018 at 9:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 270.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 285.00 ea.

5091 | Improving Your Photographs
Sat, 2/10/2018 - 2/10/2018 | Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Saturday starting 2/10/2018 and ending 2/10/2018 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 65.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 50.00 ea.

5156 | Methods of Matting and Framing
Sat, 3/3/2018 - 3/3/2018 | Time: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Saturday starting 3/3/2018 and ending 3/3/2018 at 9:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 75.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 90.00 ea.

5202 | Digital Imaging.1
Wed, 1/24/2018 - 4/4/2018 | Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
See description above.
Irregular classes scheduled starting 1/24/2018 and ending 4/4/2018 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 320.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 305.00 ea.

5265 | Controlling & Understanding Exposure
Sat, 1/27/2018 - 1/27/2018 | Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Saturday starting 1/27/2018 and ending 1/27/2018 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 70.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 85.00 ea.

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 1/22/2018 and ending 1/22/2018
 
Attendees: 1 $ 325.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 340.00 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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