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.

Visiting Artist Workshops

VA Creating a Visual Narrative in a Single Frame (837)

Guest Artist, Ann George
Computer Lab
Saturday & Sunday, April 25 - 26, 2020
9am - 5 pm / Two days
$195 /Members $175
$50 cancellation fee. No refunds after April 10

Ann George will help you develop the Photoshop skills needed to create mood, expression and meaning into your photographs. This workshop will guide you onto a pathway of magical realism, dreamy landscapes and visual narratives. Using Photoshop, you will take your photographs to another level of mastery and creation. Starting with a selection of images, using layering, masking and blending to construct a narrative into a single image. Ann will walk you through her intuitive process as the class progresses. If you have an idea, you can sketch it out in your mind s eye and accomplish your vision through this workshop. Transform images of one sort into another visualized world. Participants must have a working knowledge of photoshop. Ann's website;
This workshop is subsidized by the Lois and Jim Richmond Workshop Fund.

VA Introduction to Hand Coloring Digital Prints (838)

Guest Artist, Laurie Klein, Studio 6
Saturday & Sunday, May 30-31 2020
9am - 5 pm / Two days
$270 /Members $250
$50 cancellation fee. No refunds after May 15

You've taken a beautiful photograph and want to make it a one of a kind piece of art, but you are intimidated by the thought of picking up a paintbrush or colored pencil and enhancing your image. Hand coloring a black and white photograph is an art form all by itself. It is much simpler and more accessible than you think. Laurie has created a process that is easy and accessible to all age groups and artistic abilities. This hands-on course introduces you to the history, esthetics and technical aspects of hand coloring. Discuss taking photographs that are suited for hand coloring, select your materials, coloring techniques, and preserve your finished work. Students leave with at least 2 finished, fine art pieces along with the knowledge necessary to create on your own. Laurie's website; workshop is subsidized by the Lois and Jim Richmond Workshop Fund.


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

Amelia Falk, Multi-Purpose Classroom
Wednesdays, January 8 - March 25
6:30 - 9 pm/12 weeks
$245/Members: $225

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 camera and owner's manual to the first class.

Traditional Black and White Film & Printing (822)

Mary Whalen, Photography Darkroom
Tuesdays, January 7 - March 24
6:30 - 9 pm/12 weeks
$250/Members: $230

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.

Polymer Photogravure (824)

Dave Jones and Laurie Pruitt, Darkroom/Print Studio
Saturday & Sunday, February 15 & 16
10am - 4 pm/ Two days
$165/Members: $145

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

Lighting for the Studio Portrait (827)

Amelia Falk, Photo Studio
Thursdays, January 9 - March 26
6:30 - 9 pm/12 weeks
$250/Members: $230

Prerequisite: A camera capable of manual exposure and familiarity with the camera contr
Amelia will cover the fundamentals of studio lighting, including: strobes, hand held flash units, metering, reflectors, gels and more. Learn how to set up lighting for the most effective results. In addition to demos, students will be active in setting up the studio lights for photographing portraits; environments and table top still life.

Intro to Lightroom (829)

Susan Andress, Computer Lab
Tuesdays, January 7 - February 11
6:30 " 9 pm/6 weeks
$155/Members: $135

In this course 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.

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Lightroom / Bookmaking (830)

Mary Whalen, Computer Lab
Mondays, March 2 - 23
6:30 - 9 pm/4 weeks
$135/Members: $115

Prerequisite: Knowledge of Lightroom
Students should come prepared with a book project in mind. We will create a collection of images to work from, sequencing and editing along the way to complete a book that will be uploaded to Blurb. We will use books from the KIA's library as inspiration.

Encaustics Techniques; Transfers & Painting (832)

Laurie Pruitt, Studio 6
Saturday & Sunday, January 18 - 19
Noon - 5 pm/Two days
$205/Members: $185

Learn the basics of working with this ancient process. The encaustic medium will be used in combination with photographs, photo transfers and collage techniques. Learn various techniques for adding color. Through the layering of color with pigment sticks and the encaustic medium you will 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; LaFontsee

Vintage Photo & Embroidery Workshop (833)

Jessica Sundstrom, Multi-Purpose Classroom
Saturday, January 25
1 - 4 pm / One day
$55/Members: $35

Transform an old photograph using needle and thread. You will learn tips for embroidering on photo paper, and the instructor will teach different stitches to embellish your work. Bring your own photo(s), seed beads, sequins, or anything special you may want to use. Needle and thread provided. We will look at examples from contemporary embroidery artists using photographs for inspiration.

Chase Away the Winter Blues (919)

Drawing, Painting or Photographing in the Greenhouse
Denise Lisiecki & Mary Whalen, River Street Flowerland
Saturday, February 22
12:30 - 4 pm/One day
$70/Members: $50

Allay the winter blues by drawing, painting or photographing beautiful plants and flowers in River Street Flowerland's greenhouse. Individual instruction will be provided. Bring materials of your choice to create your beautiful images.

Next Steps, Seeing Creatively (821)

Mary Whalen and Bill Finger, Computer Lab
Mondays, January 13 - March 16
6:30 - 9 pm /10 weeks
$220/Members: $200

Now that you have mastered or explored the capabilities of your digital camera, in this class put that knowledge into practice. Through class assignments and discussion continue to improve your technical and creative skills. Look at photographs from the KIA's permanent collection and talk about how they did it; subject, style and print quality. Explore printing, editing techniques, various types lighting - natural and light created in the photo studio. All camera types are welcome. Bill's website;

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Winter Landscape (825)

Mark Cassino, Multi - Purpose Classroom
Tuesdays, January 7 - March 24
6:30 - 9 pm /12 weeks
$245/Members: $225

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 participants' work and discussing 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;

Advanced Alternative/Gum Bi-Chromate (823)

Dave Jones, Darkroom/ Computer Lab & Darkroom
Thursdays, January 16 - March 19
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 with any questions.

Still Life in Photographs (826)

Laurie Pruitt, Photo Room 13
Saturdays, February 22 - March 14
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. Laurie's website:

Creative iPhone Photography (828)

Corinne Satterlee, Computer Lab
Thursdays, March 5-26
1- 3:30 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.

Basics of Web Design (831)

David Birkam, Computer Lab
Saturdays, February 8 - 29
1:30 - 4 pm/4 weeks
$105/Members: $85

Edit, sequence, format and explore the skills to create your own website. Learn the basic principles of creating and maintaining a personal website such as HTML, CSS, content management like Wordpress and Wix, as well as web hosting. The class is a great way to begin to understand web design and the code behind it.

Encaustics / Open Studio (832b)

Laurie Pruitt, Studio 6
Sundays, February 2 - 23
1 - 4:30 pm /4 weeks
$175/Members: $155

Prerequisite: Encaustic class at the KNAS or experience with encaustics
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.

Collage / Mixed Media (834)

Errin Ironside, Multi Purpose Classroom
Saturday & Sunday, February 8 - 9
Noon - 4 pm / Two days
$95/Members: $75

Cut and paste with color, shape or text. Create a personal history, make a statement, and explore abstract textures. Using images from old books, magazines, pages out of your sketchbook or photographs can be the starting point. Take them out of their original context and reassemble them into a new visual narrative, with the disparate elements to be combined into a finished work. Various strategies and a variety of mediums will be utilized. Errin's website;

Simple Bookmaking (835)

Deb Mattson & Mary Whalen, Print Studio
Sunday, March 15
1 - 5 pm / One day
$75/Members: $55

Join us for an afternoon of folding, cutting and stamping to create unique books. Learn a variety of different folded book forms including a single sheet, accordion and single signature stitched books. Once you've registered you will be emailed instructions to send 3 images to be formatted and printed for the book forms.