Photgraphy Syllabus

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This class concentrates on many areas of photography: technical skills, creativity,
composition, computer/digital imaging, and some alternative processes. Control of
photo equipment and techniques, experimentation, problem solving, and portfolio
development are critical to the course.
A bulk of the course is designed for students with little or no photography
background. Instruction will cover all aspects of black and white photography,
including an introduction to the use and proper handling of the 35 mm camera,
Photoshop, developing and printing film, and mounting and preparation of
photographs for exhibition. Creative and technical instruction will be presented
through lectures, study of the great masters of photography along with the history of
photography, in class critiques, as well as through individual discussions with the
Utilization of editing software is provided that allow the expressive use of the
elements and principles in personal artwork while students are developing their
skills. Ample opportunities for discussion and reflection are incorporated into
assignments with many suggestions for adapting or extending the learning
experience. Ideas, styles, and periods -- the historical and cultural context of art --is
an essential part of learning about the impact that the visual arts have had
throughout the ages. The course will examine the role and development of the visual
arts/photography in past and present cultures throughout the world. Students will
have opportunities to also apply what they have learned across subject areas,
making connections with major themes, concepts, and ideas to be found in the
performing arts as well as in other academic subjects.
What is Art?
Imagine, just for a minute, a world without art! (You may think "So what?"
but please consider the impact that lack of graphics would have on your
favorite video game.) Art stimulates different parts of our brains to make us
laugh or incite us to riot, with a whole gamut of emotions in between. Art
gives us a way to be creative and express ourselves. For some people, art is
the entire reason they get out of bed in the morning. You could say "Art is
something that makes us more thoughtful and well-rounded humans."
On the other hand, art is such a large part of our everyday lives that we may
hardly even stop to think about it. Look at the desk or table where you are,
right this minute. Someone designed that. It is art. Your shoes are art. Your
coffee cup is art. All functional design, well done, is art. So, you could say
"Art is something that is both functional and (hopefully) aesthetically
pleasing to our eyes."
You might say "Art is in a constant state of change, so nobody can really pin
down what it is." You might even say "Art is subjective, and means
something different to every single person on earth." This, too, is the truth.
Art is form and content.
"Art is form and content" means: All art consists of these two things.
Form means:
The elements of art,
the principles of design and
the actual, physical materials that the artist has used
Form, in this context, is concrete and fairly easily described--no matter
which piece of art is under scrutiny.
Content, now, gets a little trickier. Content is idea-based and means:
What the artist meant to portray,
what the artist actually did portray and
How we react, as individuals, to both the intended and actual
Additionally, content includes ways in which a work was influenced--by
religion, or politics, or society in general.
Conclusion: All art classes will encompass these ideas and you will
examine numerous ideas and techniques in class.
Grades: Effort=A
Supplies: I will provide almost all supplies if at all possible! You may be
required to pay for the printing of photos for competition.
Text: No textbook
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Student Signature:____________________________________________
Student work will be evaluated in a variety of ways: criteria check lists, rubrics, quizzes,
formal critique and individual portfolio review.
As a basis for lesson and unit goals and objectives, the course utilizes the National Standards for Arts
Stokstad, Marilyn, Art History (2nd edition), two volumes. New York: Harry N. Abrams
Scholastic Art (published in cooperation with The National Gallery of Art)
1-800-724-6527 (call and ask for a sample copy)
2931 E. McCarty Street
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Getty ArtsEdNet website (Getty Art Education) -- lesson plans and curriculum ideas,
image galleries and exhibitions, AetsEdnet talk.
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain website
San Jose Museum of Art Digital Gallery
Museum of Modern Art NY City
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
National Gallery of Art
Arts Ed Net
Arts Edge
Louvre WebMuseum
Sllabus was created with help from:Art I by Dede Tisone-Bartels and Lee Hanson © 2005 published by
TEACHINGpoint as part of the Expert Systems for Teachers™ Series