Summer 2010

ARTS 624
Connecticut State Parks: A Collaborative Photographic Project


06/28/2010 - 07/30/2010
Monday & Wednesday 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM

Zilkha Gallery 106

Using film or digital still cameras, students will spend the semester making pictures at Connecticut State Parks. Students should come to class with a specific park or group of parks in mind, and should have a sense of their interest around the theme of park, such as: portraits of those who utilize the park; the park as landscape; conceptually based work in which the idea of park is explored; or collage. Subject matter will vary with the specific interest of each student. In addition to class time, students will work individually in a location of their choice.

The entire class will produce a final project. For this, students will choose one or two of their strongest photographs from the term to contribute to a class portfolio. Students will collaboratively design the portfolio, and will print enough copies of their photographs so each student will be able to take home a copy of this limited edition portfolio. Collaborative portfolio work may be possible; examples of such works include "Wave Hill Pictured: Celebration of a Garden," "A City Seen," and the books by Wendy Ewald and the children she teaches.

Students will be responsible for keeping a journal, for class participation, and for producing two rolls of film or the equivalent per week. A final portfolio of 10 images is due for the final class.

At least one class meeting will be held offsite. A previous photography course is required for thies course. Students must have at minimum either a 35mm camera that includes manual controls, or a high-quality digital camera that has manual controls.

Students are strongly encouraged to purchase a CT State Parks Season Pass, available for $67 for CT residents or $112 for out-of-state residents at this site or at certain DEP offices and at the entrance gates to state parks during business hours. Students will be visiting a state park as a class once a week and will be expected to visit on thir own to photograph outside of class.

This course is not open to auditors.

This course is offered during the 5 Week session; the deadline to withdraw and receive a tuition refund is Wednesday, June 30 at 5:00 pm.

A syllabus for this course is available at:
ARTS 624

Marion Belanger (B.F.A. Alfred University; M.F.A. Yale University) is a widely exhibited photographer whose current projects focus on visualizing ecology. Her photographs were recently shown in the main terminal of the Tampa International Airport, and in Germany as a part of Contemporary American Photography, 7. Internationale Fototage Mannheim/Ludwigshafen. She has been awarded fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and from the Connecticut Commission Culture & Tourism. Her book Everglades: Outside and Within, was published by Center for American Places at Columbia College in 2009. View her work at


Consent of Instructor Required: No

Format: Seminar

Level: GLSP Credits: 3 Enrollment Limit: 18

Texts to purchase for this course:
Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking, (Viking)

John Brinckerhoff Jackson, Discovering the Vernacular Landscape, (Yale University Press)


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