PHOTO 05 — Pens and the Lens: A Dual Path to Visual Creativity
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 making 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. Each class session will include lectures and 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. Students should have access to a digital camera.
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.