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Barbara Tyroler - Abstracted Portraiture - A Photographic Water Journey
June 15, 2017
Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Cullowhee Mountain Arts is hosting a special One-Day workshop, “Abstracted Portraiture - A Photographic Water Journey,” with photographic artist Barbara Tyroler, Thursday, June 15, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm, at the WCU School of Art and Design. The workshop is offered in conjunction with the opening reception of Ms. Tyroler’s solo exhibit “Water Portraits,” at the Western Carolina University Fine Art Museum, 5-7pm.“During this 1-day photographic journey we will create stunning and uniquely abstracted water infused imagery as we transform your fellow students into patterns and bursts of colorful reflections” says Ms. Tyroler. Two different locations will provide water sources:The lovely on-campus stream and the university swimming pool. “Before and after the photographic session, we will engage in stimulating conversations and critique. Using ambient light as well as artificial light modifiers, we will experiment with extended camera controls, stretching exposure time with slow shutter speeds, zooming in for selective focus through shallow perception, or broadening your vision through extended depth of field to increase the visual impact of your work and elevate your photographs to a deeper level of meaning. With the aid of acrylic reflective panels, we will create multi-layered complex shapes and distortions to push your imagery through another dimension.”This workshop will culminate in a reception at the University Fine Art Museum where Barbara will share her work and talk about experiences working with various populations in the water environment.
Schedule for the Day:
We will begin in the classroom in the morning for introductions and sharing. I will review some basic technical information, and then off we go to the stream on campus where we will explore how the figure interacts with light and water to create intricate and unpredictable imagery.
9:30: Introductions and Technical Preparation
10:00 - 12:30: Photography at the stream near the Pavillion - on campus
12:30 - 1:00: Lunch - University Dining Hall or Chili's on campus (lunch cost not included in the workshop price)
1:00 - 2:00: Photography in at WCU Reid Pool
2:00 - 3:30: Return to School of Art and Design to view the images on your laptops and discuss the work
5:00 - 6:00: Reception at WCU Fine Art Museum
What to Bring
Bathing suit, towels, and soap
Cameras, lenses, tripods, portable flash devices, laptops, card readers
Samples of your work! Prints or laptops
Enthusiasm and sense of adventure
Those who wish to stay out of the water may do so. We will incorporate a few of you to take turns being the “model,” so wear fun colors, jewelry, and nail colors if you wish.
Barbara Tyroler is an educator, photographer, and community worker. Barbara received her M.F.A. in Imaging and Digital Arts from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She served on the art faculty of the university’s College Park Campus for 10 years and has been a guest instructor at Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute since moving to North Carolina. Her commercial and advocacy work place an emphasis on site-specific portraiture for corporations, universities, and health-oriented non-profits. She creates fine art semi-abstracted water portraiture for exhibition, individual clients, and families. The recipient of over 35 individual and community arts grants, she received the prestigious Into the Streets Community Arts commission, a project that won her a statewide 2014 Arts and Humanities award for her work with Autism and water portraiture. Her photography resides in numerous public and private collections and may be viewed on the artist’s Web site.
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