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PHOTO 05 — Pens and the Lens: A Dual Path to Visual Creativity

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Tuesdays
Course Format: On-campus course
Duration: 7 weeks
Date(s): Apr 18—May 30
Time: 6:30—9:00 pm
Drop Deadline: May 1
Units: 2
Tuition: $525
Instructor(s): Joel Simon, Jane Kriss
Limit: 20
Status: Closed
Please Note: One-on-one sessions will be held Saturday May 13.
On-campus course
6:30—9:00 pm
Apr 18—May 30
7 weeks
Drop By
May 1
2 Units
Joel Simon, Jane Kriss
Please Note: One-on-one sessions will be held Saturday May 13.
Drawing and photography are powerful art tools. In this course, you will learn how to use them in tandem to jumpstart your creative process. You will develop both sketching and photographic literacy— whether you are an experienced photographer or fine artist, or someone whose artistic talent has yet to be revealed (even to yourself!). With equal emphasis on photography and drawing, we will use a contrast-andcompare experiential method that explores the many principles these two techniques share and reveals how effective drawing and photography can be when used in combination.

The lens (of our camera) and the pen (in our hand) create a well-proven partnership. Lenses were used by 16th-century artists to create highly detailed, realistic paintings and drawings. This course begins by providing a context for the intertwined histories and interplay of photography and art. It then moves quickly into the specifics of how we can use both picture-taking and drawing to be visually creative, whether your interest is in recording life, visualizing ideas, or creative self-expression. Through a series of photographic and sketching exercises, we will gently expand our current comfort zones, opening avenues for clear thinking and communication, ideation, and collaborative invention. Roughly half of each class session will be devoted to lively hands-on participatory exercises. The techniques introduced in class will be further explored in weekly homework assignments.

This course is open to photographers and artists of all levels. The course includes a 45-minute one-on-one session with one of the instructors focusing on a topic of the student’s choice. This session will be scheduled after the course begins.

Joel Simon, Photographer

Joel Simon worked as a photography instructor and photodocumentarian for Stanford Travel/Study for twelve years. He has led more than 100 educational travel programs for clients including Stanford, the Smithsonian, and the World Wildlife Fund.

Jane Kriss, Artist

Jane Kriss has over thirty years of experience in the visual arts, with a career spanning graphic design, fabric design, fine art, and illustration. She has taught computer graphics to fabric designers and was a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome in 2010 and 2012.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.