Spring Photography/Digital Media Classes


Creative Camera Phone Photography (823)

Mary Whalen, Computer Lab
Tuesdays, April 25 - May 16
2 - 4:30 pm/4 weeks
Members: $95, Non-Members: $115

Using the camera phone as your photographic tool, this course will present a guided exploration of the capabilities of this amazing technology. Students will be taught to effectively capture, edit and print photographs of personal interest while exploring the creative possibilities of the phone as camera. No prior photographic experience is required for this class. Please bring your camera phone fully charged to the first class. There will be class outings to photograph as a group.


Polymer Photogravure (825)

Dave Jones and Laurie Pruitt, Darkroom/Print Studio
Saturday & Sunday, April 29 - 30
10 am - 4/2 days
Members: $145, Non-Members: $165

Prerequisite: Alternative Processes or Photoshop
Using a polymer-coated plate and a digital positive, you ll create an intaglio-etched plate for high-quality images approaching those produced using traditional copperplate gravure. This process produces a beautiful photographic gradation of tones. Contact Dave at or Laurie at

The following off-site classes are offered in honor of our Cultural Membership Exchange in May, during which five cultural institutions offer free admission to each other's members: the KIA, Kalamazoo Nature Center, Binder Park Zoo, Gilmore Car Museum and Air Zoo.

Early Morning Landscape at the Nature Center (828)

Laurie Pruitt
Saturdays, May 6 - 27
8 - 10:30 am/4 weeks
Members: $105, Non-Members: $125

Prerequisites: Good working knowledge of your camera, a photo editing program and a tripod. We will begin at the Kalamazoo Nature Center, where we will hike and photograph in the beautiful landscape. We will explore our relationship to the natural world through light, form, season, and time. For more info, e-mail:

Binder Park Zoo Photo Adventure (829)

Kelly Walkotten, Binder Park Zoo/Multi-Purpose Classroom
Saturdays, May 13 - 27
9:30 am - noon/3 weeks
Members: $85, Non-Members: $105

We ll will meet at the Binder Park Zoo for the first two Saturdays and at the KIA the third Saturday to share and critique our work. We ll explore Wild Africa, the original Zoo, and the Discovery Center. Students will learn tips and techniques for photographing animals in the zoo environment. For more information, email Kelly at

Gilmore Car Museum (830)

John Crouch
Saturday, May 20, 10 am - 4 pm (GCM)
Saturday, June 3, 10 am - noon (KIA)
2 weeks
Members: $85, Non-Members: $105

The group will meet at the Gilmore Car Museum, to photograph during the 2nd Annual Donald Gilmore Classic, celebrating the first 50 years of the automobile. In addition to the Classic car show and parade we will have the opportunity to photograph the collection and the unique displays at the GCM. To capture the details as well as troubleshoot the difficulties of photographing large shinny subjects! Bring a lunch or have lunch at the Blue Moon Diner. John s website:


Images in Wax, Exploring Encaustic (851)

Guest Artist, Sarah Rehmer
June 9-11
Friday 6-8 pm
Saturday 9-5 pm
Sunday 10-5pm
Members: $300, Non-Members: $320
Cancellation fee: $50; no refund after 5/26/17

Encaustic works of art have a dimensional quality that is achieved through building layers of wax. The process offers artists the possibility of creating works with a depth of translucency and color in a unique hand-wrought process. The results are surprising even to experienced artists.

The workshop will focus on combining photography with encaustic painting techniques. The encaustic medium is an alternative way of giving your work a painterly look and tactile feel. During the workshop, we'll explore papers and layering photographic images. We will experiment with over painting, applying image transfers, color glazes and several hand-coloring techniques.

Basics of working with encaustic paint, studio set up, safety measures and more will be covered in the workshop. No prior experience with working with encaustic paint, but general art-making experience will be helpful. Sarah has many years experience working with encaustics, teaches classes and workshops around the Midwest.
Sarah's website;

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Introduction to Photography/How To Use Your Camera Creatively (820)

John Crouch, Multi-Purpose Classroom
Thursdays, April 13 - May 18
6:30 - 9 pm/6 weeks
Members: $95, Non-Members: $115

Learn how to use your digital cameras more creatively. Basic photographic concepts on exposure control and basic composition are explored through lectures, demonstrations and class assignments. Participants need to provide their own cameras that have user controls for shutter speed and lens opening. Please bring your owner's manual to the first class.

Traditional Black and White Film & Printing (821)

Mary Whalen, Photography Darkroom
Tuesdays, April 11 - May 16
6:30 - 9 pm/6 weeks
Members: $135, Non-Members: $155

Learn how to develop film and print black & white photographs. Through demonstrations and supervised printing sessions, participants will learn film and print development, how to control print contrast, and special darkroom techniques. This class is a perfect opportunity to print your special black and white negatives from the family archives. Students must provide their own film and paper for the class. Darkroom chemicals and equipment are provided. Open darkroom time is available to students.

Introduction to Photoshop Elements (822)

Susan Andress, Computer Lab
Thursdays, April 13 - May 18
1 - 3:30 pm/6 weeks
Members: $115, Non-Members: $135

Photoshop Elements is user friendly for organizing and enhancing your photos. In this class you will learn the tools necessary to retouch, resize, work in layers, add text and create albums. During class there will be hands-on practice on Mac computers (or your own, provided that Adobe Photoshop Elements 12, 13 or 14 is installed). Susan s website:

Gum Bi-Chromate Printing (824)

Blending Digital and Traditional Photographic Processes

Dave Jones, Darkroom/ Computer Lab
Wednesdays, April 12 - May 10
6 - 9 pm/5 weeks
Members: $125, Non-Members: $145

Prerequisite: A basic knowledge of Photoshop is helpful.
Gum Bi-chromate is a 19th century color printing process in which paper is hand coated and exposed at least 3 times creating a color image. Students will learn to produce digital negatives, from digital files, color slides or film. Information on gumprinting:

The Magic Hour/Into the Night With Your Camera (826)

Susan Andress, Computer Lab
Wednesdays, April 12 - May 17
6:30 - 9 pm/6 weeks
Members: $115, Non-Members: $135

Prerequisite: Working knowledge of camera and tripod
This class will meet 6:30 - 9 pm on the first week, then will move to a later time each week one hour before sunset at a prearranged location. The first hour students will capture the special images possible during sunset. After sunset, we will explore creating night images using longer exposures capturing motion of moving lights. We will also experiment with light painting and expanded uses for flash at night. Susan s website:

Environmental Portraits (827)

Colleen Wolpert, Photo Studio
Tuesdays, April 11 - May 16
6:30 - 9 pm/6 weeks
Members: $115, Non-Members: $135

Images taken of people in their natural environment often reveal more about the subject than a studio portrait can. Shooting environmental portraits is a fun problem-solving exercise and we will cover all the steps: scouting locations, making exciting compositions, and directing and lighting subjects. Learn to work with mixed light sources, available light with speedlights (flash) and light modifiers. Prepare to be both photographer and model as we photograph each other at sites across Kalamazoo. Colleen s website:

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