Griffin Museum of Photography Summer Workshops 2013

MichelleRogersPritzl1This summer, we are pleased to offer four new and exciting workshops at the Griffin! These workshops will offer you the unique opportunity to enhance your photographic skills and learn about alternative photographic processes in a fun, creative learning environment. From high school to adult, we encourage students of all interests and levels to attend.

Arts educator Michelle Rogers Pritzl will lead the workshops. Michelle is currently a MFA candidate at the Art Institute of Boston (AIB). Prior to attending the AIB, she taught for five years at the University High School in Irvine, CA. She loves getting students excited about photography and has taught several levels of darkroom and digital including alternative processes (including cyanotype, Van Dyke brown, Gumoil, Kallitype, and tintypes).

You will find complete information about each workshop listed below.
(Cost for non-members includes an automatic one-year membership to the Griffin).


Intro to Photography – Digital Camera

Day and Time: 6 weeks, Wednesdays 6pm – 8:30pm
Dates: July 24– August 28, 2013
Location: 6 Vernon St. Somerville, MA 02145. Please visit: http://www.vernonstreet.com/directions.html for map and parking instructions.
Cost: $200 for Griffin Museum Members, $250 for non-members

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Join in as we learn techniques for taking pictures with digital cameras. Students will begin by learning basic camera controls – exposure, shutter speed, aperture, design and composition techniques. We will look at work by historical and contemporary photographers and take our cameras on walking field trips. This course will also cover conceptual and creative solutions to weekly topics, including portraiture, landscape, digital manipulation, and interpretive and documentary assignments. There will be a print demonstration at the end of the course and students will have the opportunity to print their own images.

Course Requirements: Students must own a digital camera (DSLR or Digital Point and Shoot)

Cameraless Photography
Day and Time: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Date: July 13, 2013
Location: Somerville Studios (directions and address information will be sent to you after registration)
Cost: $110 for Griffin Museum members, $160 for non-members.

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Come spend the day learning about historical and non-traditional processes that do not require a camera to yield a photographic image. Participants will learn about and create photogenic drawings, lumen prints and chemigrams, and push boundaries for the photographic image. All supplies will be provided. Class is limited to 10 students.


Gumoil

Day and Time: Saturday and Sunday, 10am – 4pm
Date: August 17 – 18, 2013
Location: 2 Bradley St, Somerville, MA 02145. Parking is available behind the building.
Cost: $275 for Griffin Museum members, $325 for non-members.

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The gumoil process was invented by Karl Koenig in the 1990’s and uses a positive transparency to create a unique image made from potassium dichromate, gum arabic and oil paint. The process is labor intensive, and the results yield one of kind, monochromatic and polychromatic prints. This workshop will cover the history, technique and best practices for this unique process. Students should bring several digital files to use for the process and can expect to leave with finished gumoil prints. This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn this seldom taught photographic process! Class is limited to 10 students.

Wet Collodion
Day and Time: Saturday and Sunday, 10am – 4pm
Date: August 24 – 25, 2013
Location: 2 Bradley St, Somerville, MA 02145. Parking is available behind the building.
Cost: $400 for Griffin Museum members, $450 for non-members.  Includes all  materials.

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Students will learn the history and techniques for making wet collodion images. Beginning with tintypes, and trying ambrotypes, students can expect to take home several varnished plates at the end of the workshop. All supplies will be provided, and information will be given on supplies and materials to shoot wet plate collodion on your own. Class is limited to 4 students.