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

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Tuesdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Jan 16—Mar 20
Time: 6:30—9:00 pm
Drop Deadline: Jan 29
Units: 2
Tuition: $600
Instructor(s): Joel Simon, Jane Kriss
Limit: 20
Status: Open
Please Note: One-on-one sessions will be held on Saturday, March 10.
6:30—9:00 pm
Jan 16—Mar 20
10 weeks
Drop By
Jan 29
2 Units
Joel Simon, Jane Kriss
Please Note: One-on-one sessions will be held on Saturday, March 10.
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-and-compare experiential method that explores the many principles these two techniques share and also 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 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.

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. His work can be viewed at joelsimonimages.com.

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. Her work can be viewed at janekriss.com.

Textbooks for this course:

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