Summer 2019 – Photographic Design and Composition
PHOTOGRAPHIC DESIGN AND COMPOSITION
Victoria Mara Heilweil
4 Sessions >> Tuesdays, June 4- June 25
6:00-9:00pm, Studio 25, $195
Composition is the organization within the frame of a photograph. While this is a simple idea, in practice it can be challenging to know exactly where to position your subject, and move the viewer’s eye around the entire image. This course will teach students how to use design and composition strategies successfully to strengthen the visual impact, originality and narrative in their photographs. Each week we will examine in detail design elements and principles such as rule of thirds, focal point, repetition, framing, vantage, scale, depth, motion, contrast and negative space. Class time will consist of examining historical and contemporary photographers to illustrate these concepts and inspire you, in-class and at home exercises to put these concepts into practice, and critical feedback of your images. Students are encouraged to take risks with their photographs, and to “think outside of the box”. Whether you are a beginning photographer interested in learning composition to improve your image making skills, or an experienced photographer who wants to break out of old habits, this class will improve your photographic eye.
Victoria Mara Heilweil is a feminist photographic artist who uses image making to transform the everyday into the sublime. Her work has been included in exhibitions at the de Young Museum, San Jose Institute for Contemporary Art, Root Division, Art Works Downtown, Pro Arts and Rayko Photo Gallery in the Bay Area, Robert V. Fullerton Art Museum in Southern California, University Art Gallery at California State Chico, Minneapolis Photo Center, Visual Arts Center in Portsmouth, VA and Washington Square Art Galleries in New York City. In addition to her exhibition history, Heilweil has taught for 20 years at colleges and community centers throughout the Bay Area. She received her Masters of Fine Arts from California College of the Arts.
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What materials (if any) will I need to bring to class?
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What are my transport/parking options getting to San Francisco Art Institute?
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SFAI is easily accessible via public transportation, with Muni bus lines #30 Stockton, #45 Union, and #47 Van Ness located within a few blocks of campus.
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