ART 150, Basic Photo I
Quarter: Spring 2012
Instructor: Ginny Banks
Office Hours: M/W 8:30AM—9:30AM
This class has been designed as an introduction to some of the technical and conceptual issues surrounding photography as a means for artistic exploration and expression. This class is entirely traditional (not digital) black and white darkroom based. By the end of the quarter, students will have control over their cameras and be processing and printing their own black and white images.
The class will consist of digital talks, demonstrations, lab time - in and out of class, group critiques, and individual meetings.
There is no text, listen in class and spend your money on film and paper! There are copies of Photography London and Upton 7th edition on reserve in the library in the event that you want to read over what we discuss in class. There is an extensive collection of photography books that are available for checkout.
Attendance is required! You may miss 3 classes without penalty, the 4th absence will result in the lowering of your final grade by one letter, and the 5th absence will result in an F for the class. As this is a studio art class with no textbook, the first 5 or so classes are essential. PLEASE DON’T MISS ANY CLASS THE FIRST TWO WEEKS! You are responsible for whatever you miss due to absence. Critiques are mandatory and participation is required.
These factors will be considered when assigning grades: effort, attitude, participation,
attendance, technical accomplishment, and conceptual exploration.
Work is due at the beginning of the critique – it is not acceptable to do your work during the critique and hand it in at the end.
Late assignments will not be critiqued, but will be graded. One letter grade will be deducted for every class day they are late.
Syllabus, page 2
The student will provide a fully adjustable, 35mm, film based camera, film and photo paper. Students should anticipate spending at least $150 per semester on photographic materials not supplied by the college.
WRITE YOUR NAME ON ITEMS LIKE PAPER AND BURNING BOARD.
In the bookstore there are limited supplies of the following kits, which contain:
1) 10 rolls Kodak 400 TRI-X B&W 135-36 Film
2) 100pk Ilford MGIV RC Pearl 8x10 Paper
3) 1” Binder
4) 20ct PrintFile 35-7B Negative Sheets
5) 8x10 Burning Board
6) FileXec Folder
7) Black Extra-Fine Sharpie
8) Basic Photography Bar Chart
The bookstore also sells packs of 25 sheets of Ilford paper, negative sleeves,
burning board and Tri-X film.
Off campus you can get these things at most camera stores:
Film: Kodak Tri-X
TX 135-36 Tri-X Pan Black & White Print Film (ISO-400)
10 rolls minimum
Paper: Ilford Multigrade MGIV RC Pearl Paper 8 x 10, 100 Sheets
Negative Storage Files, (Print Files 35-7B or equivalent) 1 pack of 25
Three-ring binder or negative box
1 piece of 8 x 10 matte board (black on one side/white on the other)
1 can of air
Materials are available for purchase at:
Camera's West, 14309 NE 20th, (425) 641-6677
Kits, 12816 SE 38th St, Bellevue, (425) 641-6224
Talls, Bellevue Square, (425) 455-2233
Camera Techs, 2034 NW Market Street, (206) 782-2433
Camera Clinic 518 NE 165th St, (206) 367-2440
Jim’s Camera, 1313 NE 43rd St, (206) 547-1440
Syllabus, page 3
You must listen to whatever the Lab Tech says!!!
Please be gentle with the equipment, as things break, lab fees rise and equipment becomes scarce.
Lab hours are posted outside C253, the darkroom, during the first week of classes.
The first week of the term, hours are restricted due to demos and budgetary consideration.
The lab is usually closed during Finals week. Plan accordingly.
Significant announcements about lab closures etc. will be posted on the white board in the darkroom.
Lockers are available for you to borrow during the quarter. Bring a lock and claim one of the small gray lockers outside the lab. The large wooden lockers are reserved for drawing and painting students. Make sure you have your stuff cleared out by the end of finals.
Work will be returned to you via an “OUT BOX” which lives in the lab. Please be gentle of others work as you look for your own.
Chemicals used in these darkrooms may be hazardous.
The chemicals used in this photo facility are poisonous if taken internally and may cause skin irritation and allergic reactions of many kinds. Their fumes may be toxic and can cause
dizziness, sickness or permanent damage to internal organs and tissue. If you suffer any ill effects from the use of these facilities, consult your physician immediately and report the matter to me and school authorities. If you are currently pregnant, or become pregnant, I would discourage you from taking this class.
***If you would like to request academic accommodations due to a disability,
please contact The Disability Resource Center (DRC) located in B132, (425) 564-2498 or DisabilitySrv@bellevuecollege.edu.
If you have a letter from the Disability Resource Center indicating you have a disability that requires academic accommodation, please present the letter to me so we can discuss the accommodations you might need for the class.***