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  • Barbara Tyroler - Considering Abstraction with the Camera

    June 11—16, 2017
    Medium:  Photography          
    Level:  All Levels 
    Tuition:  $600   Lab Fee: $75

    Explore techniques and strategies that will enrich your visualization skills in the production of abstract or semi-abstract photographic imagery. With the aid of the camera, rather than the use of prefabricated filters or tricks, you will be able to use your imagination to guide your focus and sharpen your sense of composition and design.

    For the first few days, we will photograph on location, capturing impressionistic images against the beauty of the rural Appalachian landscape of mountains, streams, and waterfalls. The university swimming pool will also become subject matter for photographing reflections of the water from within or outside the pool. We will use artificial and ambient light modifiers and experiment with extended camera controls, stretching exposure time with slow shutter speeds, zooming in for selective focus through shallow perception, or broadening our visions through extended depth of field. Plan to rise early to explore what happens when the sun is low. Time will also be given to capture late evening and the light of night through your camera lens.

    Each day we will engage in stimulating conversations and critique sessions to increase the visual impact of your work and elevate your photographs to a deeper level of meaning. Facilitated small group critique sessions serve to sharpen editing skills and inspire stimulating conversations, while individualized sessions allow for personal critique and portfolio development. We will analyze the work with attention to concept and intentionality while discussing the formal artistic aspects of composition, design, color, and tonality. The fourth day is reserved for computer play with a taste of Photoshop and how to build layers and masks to recombine imagery. Students may use their own laptops for image editing. A very basic understanding of Photoshop is helpful. In the computer lab we will have an opportunity to make prints on various substrates, experimenting with surface texture, collage, and collaborative exercises. On the last day we will have a final wrap up and critique, sharing our work with the group.

    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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    • A full refund is made when a student registers for a workshop that is canceled or already full at the time of registration.
    • An email or letter cancellation is required for withdrawals. Students who withdraw before April 30 receive a refund of the workshop deposit less a 25% registration & processing fee. Any housing and meal deposits will be refunded in full.
    • If a cancellation is made after April 30, the deposit is forfeited, but a credit for the amount may be applied to another workshop that same calendar year. You may also transfer your deposit to a friend or family member for that same calendar year or make a  tax deductible donation  to Cullowhee Mountain ARTS. (There are some workshops that may have earlier cut off dates due to demand - this will be noted in your confirmation email.
    • Students who withdraw after May 1 even if workshop was paid in full, receive  no refund  but can transfer to another workshop during the calendar year or  transfer their deposit to a friend or family member for that same calendar year or make a  tax deductible donation  to Cullowhee Mountain ARTS. 
    • We strongly recommend purchasing trip cancellation insurance from your travel agent in the event an unforeseen medical emergency.

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    Resident Price (On-campus housing/meals): Tuition & lab fee - $675  add Housing and Meal Plan

    Commuter Price (staying off-campus): Tuition, lab fee & meals: (opening reception, 2 dinners,  5 lunches) - total $835

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