Firehouse Education / Photography

Intro to Black and White Film and the Darkroom

Tuesdays, April 11–May 16, 2006, 6:30–8:30pm
Discover the mysteries of the darkroom so that you can make your own photographic prints! Students will learn how to properly expose black & white film, process film into negatives, and then make prints from those negatives. At the end of this class, students will be ready to use the darkroom independently as a community darkroom member. Students should bring an empty manual 35mm camera and it’s owner’s manual to the first class. (Class Code: 841224-1)

No experience necessary
Limit: 6
All paper, chemicals and film included

This class is currently full. Contact us if you’d like to be put on the waiting list.
$135, $121 BCA Members
Instructor: Scott Brightwell
Location: Firehouse Community Darkroom

Photography Critique and Discussion Group

Wednesday, April 12, 6-8pm
Come share what you are working on photographically and see what others in the community are doing in a supportive, discussion-based critique session. Bring one or several examples of your work. All levels are welcome and encouraged to attend. Free and open to the public, 6-8pm, the second Wednesday of every other month.

Upcoming date: June 14, 2006
Free!
Instructor: Mary Johnson
Location: Firehouse Community Darkroom

Mixed Level Darkroom

Thursdays, April 13–May 18, 2006, 6–9pm
Whether you have just started working in the darkroom or if you have been working for a few years, this is the class for you. This class will involve guided sessions to help you improve your printing and film processing techniques, as well as group and individual discussion of the technical and aesthetic aspects of your work. Cost includes a darkroom membership and 3 hours per week of darkroom rental time for the duration of the class for outside of class printing or processing. Students should plan on purchasing their own photo paper and film after the first class. For the first class, students should bring several recent black and white prints and processed black and white negatives. (Class Code: 841225-1)

Limit: 6
Prerequisite: Intro Darkroom or general black and white darkroom knowledge
Includes a darkroom membership for the duration of the class and three hours of additional lab time per week
$195, $175.50 BCA members
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Instructor: Mary Johnson
Location: Firehouse Community Darkroom

Intermediate 35MM Camera

Mondays, April 17–May 22, 2006, 6:30–8:30pm
In this class students will explore the more advanced workings of the 35mm film or digital SLR camera with an emphasis on flash, lighting and composition. This class is especially for students who are looking to advance their technique or refresh ideas. Students working with a film camera should plan on shooting and processing several rolls of 35mm print film for assignments. Students working with a digital camera should plan on having digital prints made at a photo lab. (Class Code: 841219-1)

Limit: 12
Prerequisite: Basic 35MM Camera or equivalent knowledge
$90, $81 BCA members
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Instructor: Scott Brightwell
Location: Firehouse Community Darkroom

Unsolved Mysteries: The 35MM Camera

Wednesdays, April 19–May 24, 2006, 6:30–8:30pm
Explore the basic workings of the manual 35mm film or digital SLR camera to learn how to take the photographs you envision. The class will demystify F-stops, shutter speeds and film exposure, as students learn the basics of composition, lens choices and film types. Students should bring an empty manual 35mm film or digital SLR camera and it’s owners’ manual to the first class. Students who plan to work with a film camera should plan on shooting and processing several rolls of 35mm print film for assignments. Students who plan to work with a digital camera should plan on getting digital prints made at a photo lab. (Class Code: 841226-1)

Limit: 12
No experience necessary
$90, $81 BCA members
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Instructor: Michelle Colling
Location: Firehouse Community Darkroom

Polaroid Image & Emulsion Transfers

Saturday, April 22, 2006, 11am–4pm
Create unique prints using your own 35mm slides with Polaroid film and watercolor paper. Experienced instructors will instruct students in the art and technique of this medium though demonstrations and hands-on sessions. This crossover art form offers an opportunity for unique, creative expression and experimentation. Students should bring a bag lunch and 20 slides. (Class Code: 841229-1)

Limit: 6
No experience necessary
Additional $25 materials fee payable to the instructors at the workshop
$60, $54 BCA members
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Instructor: Sandy Shenk and Lisa Dimondstein
Location: Firehouse Community Darkroom

Alternative Formats: Mixed Media and Photography

Mondays, May 1–22, 2006, 6:30–8:30pm
Explore the alternative side of photography and present your photographs in a more creative format. Students will learn a variety of processes to combine photographs with both two and three-dimensional materials. Students should have some basic darkroom skills in order to be able to experiment with printing images to be used within the other processes. Students should bring a selection of black and white negatives to the first class. (Class Code: 811226-1)

Limit: 6
Prerequisite: Intro Darkroom or equivalent experience
$80, $72 BCA members
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Instructor: Gina Schwizer
Location: Firehouse Community Darkroom

Landmarks: Mixed Media and Photography, Recent Works By Gina Schwizer

March 22–May 1, 2006
“People use landmarks to guide them through the terrain, whether familiar or not. They are visual cues, or “notable geographic features,” within the landscape that are consistent and navigable. A response to a landmark can be completely automatic, or a conscious decision as in the following of directions. Whichever, landmarks help determine a path to be had.” – Gina Schwizer

Show open to the public during Commnity Darkroom Hours

The artist is also teaching the “Alternative Formats: Mixed Media and Photography” class (listed above) from May 1–22, 2006, 6:30–8:30pm.
Instructor: Mary Johnson
Location: Firehouse Community Darkroom

Intermediate/Advanced Polaroid Image and Emulsion Transfers

Saturday, May 6, 2006, 11am–4pm
Continue learning the art of Polaroid image and emulsion transfers and perfect your technique! If you have taken our beginner workshop in this area, or if you have experience on your own but would like more guidance, this is the workshop for you. Students should bring a bag lunch and 20 slides. Optional: Students are encouraged to bring their own surfaces such as rocks, tiles, glass, wood or other papers for additional experimentation. (Class Code: 811227-1)

Limit: 6
Prerequisite: Polaroid Image and Emulsion Transfer Workshop or equivalent experience
Additional $25 materials fee payable to the instructors at the workshop
$60, $54 BCA members
register online
Instructor: Sandy Shenk and Lisa Dimondstein
Location: Firehouse Community Darkroom

Studio Lighting Techniques

Saturday, May 20, 2006, 1–5pm
Light is the most crucial component in photography. Your ability to control that light will determine the quality of your photographs. This workshop is designed to broaden your knowledge on using light effectively. Color balance, light manipulators, stroboscopic & continuous light sources and how to use these devices both indoors and outdoors will be covered. Students should bring several rolls of film and a camera or a digital camera to the workshop. (Class Code: 811228-1)

Limit: 10
Prerequisite: Intro 35MM or Intro Darkroom, or equivalent knowledge
$60, $54 BCA members
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Instructor: Scott Brightwell
Location: Firehouse Community Darkroom