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Experiments in Photography: Britain through the Camera's Lens
Art & Design
Designed for anyone who loves art, photography or British culture, this fun, hands-on studio course introduces a wide range of historical and contemporary experimental practices. Students will learn design basics while exploring the birth of photography in England and the Victorian obsession with all things optical that helped lead up to it. We will create a photographic record of our travel experiences, while experimenting with camera obscuras, pinhole photography, stereo cards, cyanotypes, Vandyke prints, emulsion lifts, light painting and other creative projects. We’ll visit the abbey where photography was invented and other exciting photography-related sites. All skill levels are welcome.
Physical Activity Requirements:
Students should be able to walk or convey themselves roughly three miles a day in order to participate in field trips and make photographs outside of class time. Students should also have adequate vision for basic camera operations like focusing and enough manual dexterity to operate camera controls. However, all disabilities can be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. This course is not recommended for students with learning differences that directly affect their capacity to compose artwork; to comprehend ideas related to composition such as perspective, depth, balance, pattern; or to understand theoretical, historical and technical content.
This hands-on studio art class explores experimental processes in photography. Do-It-Yourself projects serve as a fun introduction to photo design, history and technology. Students will learn basic principles of composition while building a photographic portfolio of their adventures in and around London. In addition, we’ll make camera obscuras, pinhole photos, stereo-cards, cyanotype and VanDyke prints, zoetropes, and other photographic images and objects that trace their history to Victorian England. Field trips include museums, galleries, and beautiful Lacock Abbey in rural Wiltshire where photography was invented (frequently used as a film location, as seen in the Harry Potter series). We’ll investigate British optical and chemical experiments that ultimately led to the invention of film, animation, architectural blue prints, and 3D imaging. Open to ALL majors and a particularly great option for students interested in art, design, photography, Victorian culture, and British history – as well as future educators interested in developing creative classroom activities. All skill levels are welcome. Students must bring a digital camera.