This course is all about developing a creative voice in the visual arts using photography as the medium of choice. The Digital Eye is project-based, hands-on and taught in studio mode with weekly group critiques providing a means to exchange ideas and encourage growth. Digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras, digital editing tools and printing capabilities are provided and gaining technical facility with these tools is an important goal. The work of contemporary fine art photographers will be studied in depth and trips to museum and gallery exhibits will be scheduled as appropriate as will field trips with the class to capture images in interesting locations.
As this is an AHS foundation course, students also have an opportunity to further develop written communication skills and critical thinking ability. A major research project on a photographer chosen by the student culminates with a high quality manuscript. We will consider the many interpretations of fine art photography and the visual communication of ideas.
Homework assignments are designed to reinforce material introduced in class and to encourage creativity and personal investigation of issues raised during course meetings. Two major projects offer the opportunity to demonstrate cumulative learning at the end of the semester.
One project is an investigation of identity with a self-portrait and the other is an homage to a favorite photographer.
Students with no prior experience with photography are strongly encouraged to enroll in this course and are as welcome as those who have already discovered a passion for creative expression using photography.
Credits: 4 AHS
Usually Offered: Fall, for first year students