Art 261/361 Schedule Spring 2024

Week of
01-1801-25
02-1 — 02-0802-1502-2202-29
03-5 (calendar adj.)03-2103-28
04-0404-11 04-1804-25
05-07, 2:00-5:00 PM Exam Period

Summary (links jump to details further down this document)

Week# — Date Description Notes
1 — Jan 18  Begin Charlie Harbut’s “Spaceship” project
Photo literacy
Writing about photography
Equipment and materials
2 — Jan 25 All “Spaceship” exposures processed and contact printed
Begin final prints for “Spaceship”
3 — Feb 1 DUE: “Spaceship” project – Critique
Photo literacy
Begin Typology Project
4 — Feb 8 Continue Typology project
Start processing and contact printing “Typology”
5 — Feb 15 “Typological” exposures processed and contact printed
Continue final prints for “Typology”
6 — Feb 22 DUE: “Typology” project – Critique
Begin research-based project by preparing a draft proposal with example images
Signs and Symbols: Meaning in Photography – Sylvia Plachy
7 — Feb 29 DUE: Finish Typology project
Research-based project proposals – class discussion and assessment
Begin the final project by preparing a proposal portfolio of prints and a written project proposal
8 — TUE Mar 5 Discussion and approvals for final projects
Mar 7 — 17 Spring Break – photograph for the final project
Process and contact print all film by the next class meeting
9 — Mar 21 DUE: Typology Critique. All work on the boards by Noon.
Review all contact sheets for final projects
10 — Mar 28 Review of all contact sheets of work made for the Final Project, continue with Final Project
Discuss Robin Gillanders: The Philosopher’s Garden and think about a body of work
11 — Apr 4 Printing Session
Conversation with Robin Gillanders, Dave Williams, and Alicia Bruce – to be confirmed
12 — Apr 11 Printing Session
13 — Apr 18 Finalizing Session
14 — Apr 25 DUE: Final projects
Exam Period — May 7, 2-5 PM Final critiques and discussions continue
Due, at the end of the exam period: Class notebook


Course references: Henry Horenstein, Black & White Photography: a basic manual, 3rd ed., Little, Brown and Company (book)
Alicia Bruce, “I Burn But I Am Not Consumer” (book)
Charles Harbutt, “Departures and Arrivals” (pdf)
Jessica Hays, “The Sun Sets at Mid-afternoon” (website)
Jesse Lenz, “The Seraphim” (book)
Pradip Malde, “From Where Loss Comes” (book)
David Williams, “Dreaming Difference” (book)

Slides and related material in print form will be referenced throughout the semester. Links to these are placed in the weekly class plan.

The weekly class plan is organized by 
the
semester
week number,
date
before class preparation (only for Week 1)
during class plans
after class work / preparing for the next week

Important dates
Thursday, Jan 18, 1:30 to 4:30 PM: ART 261/361 first class meeting. Wiggins, room 122. The Wiggins Art Building is diagonally across from Stirlings, to the left, as you face the cemetery. Please locate the room ahead of time and arrive five minutes early.
Tue, Feb 27: Mid-semester
Tue, Mar 5: we have a class, calendar adjustment day
Mar 7–17: Spring Break
Thu, Apr 25: Final projects due by the start of class, Final Critique
Thu, May 7, 2–5 PM: Final Exam Period, Final Critique

DETAILS:
Week 1 Jan 16

DURING CLASS

i. Introduction to the course

  • Please note that the nature of the course and its goals are such that all class meetings must be in-person
  • Expectations: Course goals, goals and objectives, attendance, grading, and the Honor Code; assigned/online material will be studied promptly after every class; office hours will be for questions and comments about work in progress and general conversation, not for recouping missed classes
  • Distribute equipment and kits
  • Class Notebook: maintaining class notes, summaries of readings and referenced images, analytic writing and literacy exercises of other photographic works, reflections on assigned work, and evidence of engagement with the subject matter will all be considered in the final grade. Together, these approaches help establish a habit of analytical thinking, discourse, and experimentation with content and the creative process.

ii. Demonstrate/Review core skills:

  • Camera usage
  • Loading / unloading film
  • Exposure: shutter and aperture, film speed
  • Focus: aperture
  • Blur: shutter speed.

iii. Discuss: Charlie Harbutt, Departures and Arrivals. Complete a photo literacy reflection in you notebook.

iv. Assign: Spaceship project (modified from Charlie Harbutt’s original assignment) – “Twenty-four hours* from when you start this assignment, you will board a spaceship headed toward a point in the solar system from which it’s unlikely you’ll return to Earth again. No one is going with you; at least no critics or art buyers, no editors or savants. Certainly no teachers. There is nothing on the walls of the spaceship: no mirrors or paintings. The food comes in tubes with bar codes for labels. There’re no radio or hi-fi, no TV or movies, no games or books. No dope or alcohol either. But you can dream.
All you can take with you as art or entertainment, as puzzle, pastime, or memento of life here are the photographs you make in the 24-hour period before blastoff. Take the day off at least from all that strain to make “good photographs.” You can take any pictures you want, any way you wish. Maybe you’ll make a “bad” photograph in a new and original way.
BON VOYAGE”

*Follow this set of modifications to the original assignment:

  • You will make exactly 36 exposures (regardless of capture format)
  • Make all exposures within a 24-hour period beginning from the moment you make the first exposure
  • You may not make any other photographs or be photographed for any reason during the 24-hour “exposure” period
  • All 36 exposures must be presented to the class on 25 January 2024 as high-quality printed contact sheets (even if captured digitally – nothing on screen in other words)
  • Select and make final prints of any number of frames from the set of 36 exposures. These must be ready for you to take on the spaceship at take-off, which is at 13:30 GMT-6, 01 February, 2024. Each print is to be unmounted with a minimum dimension of 10cm and a maximum of 25cm (for weight reasons)

AFTER CLASS

    • Begin Charlie Harbutt’s “Spaceship” project
    • Review Charlie Harbutt’s “Departures
    • Review the “Photo literacy” writing in notebooks
    • Download and read instruction manuals for your light meter and camera models

Week 2 Jan 23

DURING CLASS: 

All “Spaceship” exposures processed and contact printed
Begin final prints for “Spaceship”

AFTER CLASS


Week 3 Jan 30

DURING CLASS: 

DUE: “Spaceship” project – Critique
Photo literacy
Begin Typology Project

AFTER CLASS


Week 4 Feb 06

DURING CLASS:

Continue Typology project
Start processing and contact printing “Typology”

AFTER CLASS


Week 5 Feb 13

DURING CLASS:

“Typological” exposures processed and contact printed
Continue final prints for “Typology”

AFTER CLASS


Week 6 Feb 20

  • DURING CLASS: DUE: “Typology” project – Critique
    Begin research-based project by preparing a draft proposal with example images.AFTER CLASS

      • Study: Signs and Symbols: Meaning in Photography – Sylvia Plachy

Week 7 Feb 27 – Mid-semester

DURING CLASS:

DUE: Finish the Typology Project
Research-based Final Project proposals – class discussion and assessment. Email Pradip a complete draft of the Final Project Proposal by the end of class, 2 pages / 500 words.

Begin the final project by preparing a proposal portfolio of prints and a written project proposal

AFTER CLASS:


Week 8 Mar 5 – Mid-semester – Class meets on Tuesday, March 6

DURING CLASS:

Discussion and approvals for final projects

AFTER CLASS:

SPRING BREAK


Week 9  Mar 21

DURING CLASS:

DUE: Typology Critique. All work on the boards by Noon.
Review all contact sheets for final projects

AFTER CLASS:


Week 10 Mar 28

DURING CLASS:

Discuss Robin Gillanders: The Philosopher’s Garden and think about a body of work

Review of all contact sheets of work made for the Final Project, continue with Final Project

AFTER CLASS:


Week 11 Apr 4

DURING CLASS:
Conversation with Robin Gillanders, Dave Williams, and Alicia Bruce – to be confirmed

Printing session

AFTER CLASS:


Weeks 12 Apr 11

DURING CLASS:

Printing session

AFTER CLASS:


Weeks 13 Apr 18

DURING CLASS:

Finalizing Session

AFTER CLASS:


Week 14 Apr 25

DUE: Final projects. Final critiques and discussions begin.

EXAM period May 7, 2-5 PM

Final critiques and discussions continue
Due, at the end of the exam period: Class notebook