Spring 2008
Fully Enrolled

ARTS 624
Photographic Vision: A Workshop


01/28/2008 - 05/10/2008
Tuesday 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM

Zilkha Gallery 106

This studio course is designed to help students advance their personal photographic vision and develop a focused body of work. Students will look at new techniques for making photographs, explore strategies for sequencing, and investigate how different modes of presentation and context alter the meaning of photographs.

In additon to discovering new tools to physically facilitate picture making, this course will introduce issues in the forefront of contemporary photography through slide lectures and weekly reading assignments. The objective is to aid students' abilities to think and speak critically about images and image making, providing a solid foundation of technical and conceptual skills to further the production of an original, cohesive, and thoughtful portfolio of images.

Weekly handouts will be required reading. The suggested text for this course is Art and Fear by David Bayles and Ted Orland.

Throughout the semester students will work with assignments that will challenge their technical understanding of the medium as well as their personal relationship to their work. There will be informal discussions/critiques of assigned work and its relevance to students' personal aesthetic interests and vision.

Students may work with images that they have made previously, but they will also be required to create new work.

This course is designed to accommodate students with a wide range of experience with this medium, but basic familiarity with film-based and/or digital photographic processes is expected. Students may work with digital and/or film cameras and equipment. Whatever their chosen medium, students will be responsible for shooting and printing outside the class. It will be the student's responsibility to have film, contact sheets and prints developed by a contracted lab in time to meet assignment deadlines.

Enrollment is limited to 14 students.

A syllabus for this course is available at:

Laura Plageman (B.A., Wesleyan University; M.F.A., California College for the Arts) teaches at California College for the Arts and will be visiting assistant professor of art at Wesleyan University in spring 2008. Her most recent exhibit was "New Landscape," at the PLAySPACE Gallery in San Francisco (November 2006). Her work and biography are viewable on her website.


Consent of Instructor Required: No

Format: Seminar

Level: GLSP Credits: 3 Enrollment Limit: 12

Texts to purchase for this course:

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