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What do you teach?

  1. UKJohn
    Hi everyone,

    Being new to the group I was just wondering what levels or variety of levels are taught. Appreciating we come from different educational systems levels might not exactly correspond but I thought it might give an insight into the range of levels and maybe the potential of swapping resources (as mentioned in the previous thread).

    To kick things off I teach in the UK in Further Education both on academic and vocational courses, GCSE and A Level (Level 2 and 3) are more academic, I have also delivered a couple of Salt Printing workshops for the local Uni. Whilst with respect to vocational qualifications these range from Level 1 through to Level 5 (BTEC Awards, Diplomas, Nationals and Higher Nationals).

  2. Vaughn
    I am the tech for the teaching darkroom at Humboldt State University -- don't teach a class, just individual students that come to me. Plus occasional workshops in carbon printing for the students, and also professionally.

    I have taught some two-week photo classes to high school students through a program at HSU. First week: Pinhole cameras and cyanotypes. Second week: Enlarging 35mm negs to 8x10 in the darkroom.

  3. Valerie
    I teach Photography I and II at a local community college. This is a 2-yr college where students can get an associates degree, or just take courses to apply at a 4 yr university. Next week I will also begin teaching at Houston Center for Photography.
  4. Robert Hall
    Robert Hall
    I teach at a local art center. I have taught formally now for over 10 years. I teach a curriculum for several photographic subjects from getting to know your camera all the way to teaching large format camera use and selected topics in processing and 19th century processes.

    Most of my courses run about 2 months and I have anywhere from 4 to 15 students.

    It's nice to have a group like this to discuss teaching.

  5. walbergb
    I teach a 10-week introductory class in b&w darkroom techniques at our local art gallery. General topics are film exposure, film processing, and making enlargements. Classes run one day a week for three hours in the evening, three times a year (fall, winter, and spring). I will be offering an advanced course in the spring (examine each of the three general topics further).

    I am not formally trained, but by virtue of taking courses offered at the Gallery, experience as a teacher (worked as an instructor at our community college), and the need for an instructor (the other instructors went-dare I say-digital, I was asked to be the new photography instructor. That was probably five years ago.

    The facility is top notch: 11 fully equipped stations, two 8' sinks with separate temperature controls & silver capturing tanks, exhaust canopy with two fans over the sinks. Sinks are in the middle of the room and enlargers along the walls. Separate drying room and chemical storage/mixing room with its own sink and ventilation.
  6. artonpaper
    Hi, I teach Photo 1, 2, & 3 at Brooklyn College. These are all film and darkroom. I also teach intro to digital. I'm new to APUG and just posted my portfolio under my real name, Doug Schwab. And man, my files look much, much lighter on APUG then they do any where else/
  7. smieglitz
    I mirror Vaughn's assignment at a community college in Kalamazoo, Michigan. In addition to that full-time staff position, as part-time faculty I have taught a number of Photography courses including Intro, Intermediate, Color, Digital, and my favorite, an alternative process course. Just about everything except Studio Lighting. I've also taught courses in the Graphic Design area such as Digital Painting. To top it off, I've been teaching Physical Geology there the past two years and finally made some return on my investment in the field of my Masters Degree. I've previously taught Earth Sciences/Geology at two Michigan universities while pursuing my graduate degree and have taught some Photography courses at the local art museum school. Lately I have been holding wetplate workshops privately and for various higher ed institutions and organizations like the SPE. A decade ago I also had a very wonderful 4-year experience teaching blind and other visually-impaired kids photography at a summer art camp put on by the Michigan School For the Blind and Deaf.
  8. Newt_on_Swings
    I teach kids at the BCNY in the east village, from 1st graders all the way through to high school, as well as many interns/volunteers of all ages, in an after school program. I am the Interim Media and Arts Director as well there. I cover B&W photography and printing in the darkroom, as well as digital media tools such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, etc. on the Macs we have there, as well as videography. Much of it is intro basics and hands on learning. Alternative photography is also covered such as photograms, and painting with chemicals.

    An example progression would be: Learning about the path of light, examine cut aways of various camera types, build basic camera obscuras and use them, construct pinhole cameras and use them, view through TLRs and Rangefinders, and then SLRs, and learn to handle them, composition and lighting, still life photography, macro photography, and on. Every now and then we go around the building for photo hunts, where students focus on the idea of composition and search for various line, points, and curves, and viewing with a transparency print out of the rule of thirds for per-visualization, and get overall practice with the SLR's. In the darkroom we learn how to analyze negatives and evaluate them, loading, adjusting, and focusing on enlargers, test strips, printing, contrast filtration, dodge and burn, vignettes, masks, corrections with tilting easels, contact printing, chemical use and safety, safelights and fogging.

    It is fun, but it can be very challenging especially when children in this generation are brought up expecting instant and automatic results, where many have a cellphone camera in their pockets.

    On the digital arts side, we cover a lot too, but this probably isnt the place for it. This year two of my students are finalists in the annual Haym Salomon Arts competition for their digital pieces on the topic of a Greener World, we get the results in a week or so, fingers crossed.
  9. jadphoto
    Hi All,

    Semi-retired photo teacher (20 years full-time high school ROP classes, and 25 years part-time community college at Hancock College in Santa Maria, CA). Current college assignments include; Photo 110 (basic), Photojournalism, Intro to Commercial Photo, Zone System, Intro to Large format, Portraiture, and an open lab class. Usually one class and one lab per semester but Ann and I have been taking the fall semester off for traveling for the last couple of years.

    Our program is film and digital, still teaching traditional darkroom, community darkroom w/20 6x7 enlarging stations, and 6 private rooms w/4x5 stations.

    We have one full-time instructor and two part-time and continue to fill our classes in spite of California's on going education systems financial issues.

    Nice to have a place to share with other educators...thanks,

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