Art Studio 462

ARTS 462: Alternative Process

Prerequisites:  ARTS 261, ARTS 461, and ARTS 262.

Credit Hours: (3) One hour lecture; three hours laboratory.

This is an advanced photography course that explores alternative photographic processes.  One hour lecture, three hours laboratory.  It is a survey of historical and contemporary experimental processes including digital negatives, Cyanotype, Vandyke, Salt, and Platinum/Palladium printing.

Detailed Description of Course

This course will address historical, procedural and interdisciplinary connections from the beginnings of photography to the present.  It is designed to be a marriage of 19th & 20th century science and handcraft with 21st century technologies and concepts.  Students are exposed to a variety of chemicals with each specific process as well as extensive exploration in regard to a variety of substrates such as handmade paper, fabric, glass, and ceramics.
All of these processes incorporate digital technology by using such software programs as Photoshop to create negatives of imagery to be used during the exposure and printing process for each process.  Imagery will be captured in either analog or digital cameras and altered in Photoshop.

Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

The course will be conducted as an informal lecture with individual studio exercises. Assignments will include creating developed bodies of work based on particular Alternative Processes, research journals, and written exercises.

Students are required to create small bodies of work with each alternative process and well as create a technical journal with multiple examples of each process.  Graduate students will be required to create large bodies of work and explore the use of multiple processes together to create a cohesive body of work.  For example incorporating both cyanotype and Van Dyke layered together to create imagery.

Student Goals and Objectives of the Course

1. Develop an understanding of historical and contemporary trends in alternative photographic processes through Instructor lectures and student presentations.
2. Acquire technical skills in a variety of alternative photographic processes through instructor demonstrations and individual student studio exercises.
3. Gain experience in creating a body of work with a coherent theme utilizing a variety of processes such as pinhole, cyanotype, Vandyke, salt and platinum/palladium printing.
4. Learn to engage in verbal dialogues regarding the interpretation and evaluation of photographic works through written reports, group evaluations, discussions and creative critiques. Each student will gain experience in learning to analyze work orally in a clear, correct, coherent and persuasive language appropriate to art discourse.

Assessment Measures

Students will be assessed by class participation, written exercises, technical proficiency with regard to studio practice, and exams.

Other Course Information

The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes, Christopher James

Photographic Possibilities, Robert Hirsch

Review and Approval

March 27, 2012