The Photography & Digital Media Department has a traditional black and white darkroom, Mac Computer Lab and photo studio. It is a workspace where you can meet like-minded folks, learn about your camera gear and explore various ways to make photographic imagery. We are bridging digital technology with the tried and true art of the hand made print. We are a place where you can develop your personal vision with a camera.

2019 Visiting Artist Workshop / Summer

VA Inkjet Printing in an Alternate Universe (833)

VA Printing with Translucent Vellum, Precious Metals, Gesso and More!
Visiting Artist, Dan Burkholder
Saturday, Sunday, June 29-30
9 am - 4 pm
$425/ Members: $405
$50 cancellation fee. No refund after June 14.

In this workshop you"ll dive headfirst into the magical world of translucent paper, hand-applied gold leaf, palladium leaf, silver leaf, gesso and more - all combined with archival inkjet printing. Learn how to create prints with the look, feel and intrigue of handmade prints without the expense and hassle of a wet darkroom. Combine the best of archival inkjet printing with the charm of the handmade print! This workshop lets you bask in the hand-applied world of voluptuous paper, magical precious metals, mica powders, archival varnish and opaque gesso to create lasting works of art.

  • Explore the beauty and intrigue of archival, translucent vellum.
  • Discover tantalizing ways to blend gold, palladium, silver and other metals.
  • Experience the joy of hand-applied gesso, making your highlights glow.
  • Brushing, grinding, and rubbing will become your new go-to skills.
  • Grasp easy but powerful Photoshop skills to fine-tune your gilding-bound images.
  • Learn how to identify image problems before you hit Print. Dan's "diagnose and treat" approach will save you time, paper and disappointment as you learn how to make prints you'll be proud to display, share and sell.

All of the skills learned in this workshop can be applied to the classic darkroom for those wishing to print on vellum with platinum/palladium, cyanotype, etc. Dan's website;


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

John Crouch, Multi-Purpose Classroom
Wednesdays, January 9 - March 27
6:30 - 9 pm/12 weeks
$220/Members: $200

This class is for students who want to learn how
to use their 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 camera
and owner's manual to the first class. John's

Traditional Black and White Film & Printing (822)

Mary Whalen, Darkroom
Tuesdays, January 8 - March 26
6:30 - 9 pm/12 weeks
$245/Members: $225

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.

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Polymer Photogravure (824)

Dave Jones and Laurie Pruitt, Darkroom/Print
Mondays, January 7 - March 11
6 - 9 pm /10 weeks
$230/Members: $210

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 is a perfect example of
bridging digital technology with a hand-made
print. The outcome is a print with beautiful
photographic gradation of tones. Contact
Dave at or Laurie at

Still Life in Photographs (826)

Laurie Pruitt, Photo Studio/Room 13
Saturdays, January 12 " February 2
1- 3:30 pm/4 weeks
$125/Members: $105

Still life photography allows the
photographer to create images having full
control over lighting, mood, and composition.
There is a meditative quality working with
objects that are often considered mundane,
or overlooked. Through careful observation,
we will refine our capacity to see and give
creative expression to the objects that
hold meaning, while making beautiful
photographs. Instructor s website:

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Intro to Lightroom (829)

Mary Whalen, Computer Lab
Mondays, January 7 - February 11
6:30 - 9 pm/6 weeks
$155/Members: $135

You will learn to import images from a memory
card, camera or folder into the Lightroom
catalog; create keywords, ratings and use the
basic photo adjustment tools to enhance your
images. Leave this class knowing a logical
workflow from import into Lightroom to export
for the web, email or print.

Encaustics / Techniques with Transfers and Painting (832A)

Laurie Pruitt, Studio 6
Saturday & Sunday, February 16-17
12 - 5 pm
$210/Members: $190

The encaustic medium will be used in
combination with photographs, photo
transfers, collage and painting techniques.
Add color through the layering with pigment
stick, oil pastels and the encaustic medium
to create a transparency and depth to your
imagery. Equipment, paint, medium and
brushes will be supplied for the weekend.
Most materials will be provided.
Laurie's website:

Encaustics / Open Studio (832b)

Laurie Pruitt & Mary Whalen, Studio 6
Sundays, March 3 - 24
1 - 4:30 pm /4 weeks
$195/Members: $175

Prerequisite: Encaustic class or experience with

Perfect afternoon to work on an encaustic
project, we'll supply the equipment and
encaustic medium. Panels of various sizes
will be available for purchase.

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Next Steps, Seeing Creatively (821)

Amelia Falk, Computer Lab
Thursdays, January 10 - March 28
6:30 - 9 pm/12 weeks
$220/Members: $200

Now that you have mastered or at least
explored the capabilities of your digital
camera, in this Next Steps class you will put
that knowledge into practice. We'll take a look
at photographs from the KIA's permanent
collection and talk about how they did it;
subjects, style and print quality. You ll explore
printing, editing techniques and and various
types lighting - natural light and created light
in the photo studio. All camera types are welcome.

Advanced Alternative, Gum Bi-Chromate (823)

Dave Jones, Computer Lab & Darkroom
Thursdays, January 17 - March 21
6 - 9 pm/10 weeks
$255/Members: $235

Prerequisite: A basic knowledge of Photoshop.
This class will combine Gum Bi-chromate
a 19th century color printing process with
21st century digital negatives. Students
will be taught the fundamentals of
Photoshop to modify their digital images.
Film negatives or digital files can be used.
The digital negatives can be used for most
alternative printing processes, blending
digital technology with historic photographic
processes. Contact Dave Jones at senojev@ with any questions.

Winter Landscape (825)

Mark Cassino, Multi-Purpose Classroom
(Computer Lab)
Tuesdays, January 8 - March 26
6:30 - 9 pm /12 weeks
$220/Members: $200

Participants will explore Michigan s
winter landscape to hone skills in making
photographs that express each location s
unique sense of place. The class will be
based upon sharing of participants work
and discussion of the results. Discussions
will also include field techniques and post
exposure finishing of images. Several
sessions will be weekend field trips to
locations in the Kalamazoo area where
students will have the opportunity to
photograph a variety of scenes. Dress for the
weather! Mark's blog;

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Creative iPhone Photography (828)

Corinne Satterlee, Computer Lab
Thursdays, March 7 - 28
2 - 4:30 pm/4 weeks
$115/Members: $95

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 and edit.
Photographing assignments and subjects 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.

Lightroom Beyond the Basics (830)

Susan Andress, Computer Lab
Mondays, February 25 - March 18
6:30 - 9 pm/4 weeks
$140/Members: $120

Lightroom is designed to assist with
organizing, editing and outputting large
volumes of photographic files in a logical
and intuitive way. Go beyond the basic
photo adjustments to the more advanced
techniques to enhance your images. Learn
how to customize your Lightroom Library to
get organized, to create presets, black and
white conversion, explore the Bookmaking
Module and more. Susan s website:

Print Media Critique (760)

Trevor Grabill, Print Studio
Fridays, March 8 - March 29
1 - 3:30 pm/4 weeks
$95/Members: $75

Strengthen your work and clarify your
ideas in a structured group critique for the
active printmaker or photographer. Delve
into why we make images and how we can
make them better in this discussion-based
class; featuring guest artists, historical
discussions, and prompts. This course
includes access to open studio hours for
the duration of the class in the darkroom
or printmaking studio (prior knowledge of
equipment required). Please bring several
pieces of previous work to the first class.