Project Basho Newsletter September '10: Providing 365 Different Learning Experiences
One Student a Day, 365 in 2010!
2010 has been an extraordinary year of growth for us as almost 300 students have already taken part in our classes and workshops. This means we have been welcoming students to our studio at a rate of one student per day! This enthusiastic participation marks a milestone for Project Basho and we would like to celebrate with you.
To show our appreciation we will be giving away several registration prizes to a few lucky students, including a chance to win a free class or workshop for yourself and a friend. Furthermore, if we reach our goal of 365 students, we will send a special token of appreciation to every single student from 2010!
A big thanks goes out to every one of our students as well as our members, studio users, instructors, and other constituents of our community for helping create a vibrant and creative dialogue surrounding photography in Philadelphia. It has been three years since we moved into our warehouse space in Kensington and though we began with big ambitions, we could not have predicted the enthusiasm and creative energy we were met with on your end.
These giveaways are our way of celebrating this success with you. For more information, including a listing of the special registration prizes, please visit our student appreciation page.
Fall Semester Begins Next Week
It is sad to see the summer fade away, yet we are extremely excited for our upcoming semester of classes and workshops, which begins next week. The fall brings a packed schedule with something to offer photographers of all interests and experience levels.
In addition to mainstay classes like Photographic Vision I and Photoshop for Photographers I, and popular workshops including Rick Wright's Creative Color for Digital Photographers and Guggenheim Fellow Shelby Lee Adams' Environmental Portraiture, we are also inviting many new instructors that have not taught at Project Basho in the past.
Nature photographer Michael Hogan will head to the gorgeous geography of the New Jersey Pine Barrens on October 9th and 10th to lead Exploring Historic Batsto Village. Participants will savor the cool fall weather as they learn about wildlife and landscape photography and explore the rich history and ecology of this visually unique area.
Michelle Bates, author of Plastic Cameras: Toying with Creativity, will be visiting Basho in late October to teach Toy Camera, a workshop focusing on the quirky and unpredictable qualities of plastic cameras. These cameras which employ rudimentary plastic lenses can be utilized for highly expressive ends and are a great option for photographers that are tempted to add a bit of chaos and fluidity to their shooting process.
For more information about our wide range of photography offerings, please visit our classes and workshops page or contact us directly with any questions or concerns.
Open Studio & Girard Fest
Project Basho is pleased to invite you to our Open Studio this Saturday, September 25th from 12 - 5pm in conjunction with Girard Fest, an all day neighborhood street festival. During the event we will unveil our brand new digital photography room. This new addition to our studio has been in the works for some time now and features custom-built individual workstations to create a comfortable and productive working and learning environment. Starting this semester, all of our digital photography classes will be taught in this room, freeing our current space to be used as a dedicated gallery.
We will also set up a large format camera and will be taking tintype portraits of visitors. If you are interested in learning more about this beautiful process, we will be showing free demonstrations on the entire wet plate collodion process, from pouring the plate to developing and varnishing, at several points throughout the day.
Finally, do not forget to check out our Girard Fest stand at the corner of Germantown and Girard to view our print sale featuring work by our talented community of volunteers and members. In addition to our stand, you will find plenty of food vendors, live music, artists and more. We hope to see you on Saturday!
Spotlight on Friends of Project Basho
Geoffrey Agrons' has two photographs included in A Celebration of Art and Life an exhibition at the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine in collaboration with The Center for Emerging Visual Artists. The show opens Wed, September 22. Agrons also has work in A Bayshore View at the Cape May Bird Observatory, opening Saturday, September 25, and the InLiquid Art + Design Benefit v.11 on September 30.
Charles Miller received honorable mention in the annual Media ICONS icons photography contest for his photograph, "Courthouse". Out of the Ordinary, the exhibition of selected works, will open October 9 with a reception from 6 – 9 pm.
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