Dates:
Nov 4, 2020 - Dec 9, 2020

Levels: All
Workshop Fee: $695
Class Size: 12 (max)

SOLD OUT!!  Email [email protected] to be placed on a wait list.

NOTE: This class will be held in a live, online format using the Zoom Platform. 
Class meets on Wednesdays for five Weeks 12pm-3pm EDT
(Nov 4th, Nov 11th, Nov 18th, Dec 2nd, Dec 9th)

This workshop is designed for both beginning and highly experienced, life-long photographers striving to push their image making to a new a level of intention and complexity. Although this course is geared towards fine art or personal work, photographers of all disciplines will gain experience and insight to strengthen their images.

©McNair Evans

Over the course of five sessions we will study visual language, share exercises, and each create a small photographic project in order to further develop our artistic voices. Part of each workshop session is reserved for studying the process and principles of design as they relate to photography, thus providing a shared understanding and vocabulary with which we will discuss each other’s images. We will do weekly design and visual analysis exercises to help us articulate our artistic purpose and better understand our creative decisions. All of us will keep a creative journal and make time to create new photographs between workshop sessions. We will dedicat approximately 1.5 hours of each 3-hour session to participant presentations and guided group discussion. Together we will foster growth and development of all participants, regardless of prior experience.

Please note that each participant must be capable of maintaining at least 3-4 hours each week of independent photography over the 5-week duration of this workshop. The focus of this work photography will be required to be consistent for the entire workshop and immediate wihtin each participant’s surroundings. The culmination of this work will be a small personal project or portoflio illuminating the participant’s visual development throughout the workshop duration.

Each 3-hr class session will approximately include:

15 minutes of participant feedback
45 minutes of practical course content
30 minutes of asynchronous exercise time
45 minutes of participant presentations

Training Outline & Agenda:

Meeting 01
Participant & Workshop Introductions
Course Content: Looking vs. Seeing, Design Process, and Constructive Critique
Asynchronous Exercise: Mission, Vision, Purpose, and Project Exercises
Instructor Presentation: Artistic Overview
Asynchronous Assignment: Complete journal entries (2) and begin photographing project

Meeting 02
Participant Feedback: Assignment Debrief(s)
Course Content: Mental Modeling and Photographic Expression
Asynchronous Exercise: Defining Perception and Influence Analysis
Participant Presentations: Each Participant’s Journal and Photographic Progress
Asynchronous Assignment: Complete journal entries (2) and continue photographing project

Meeting 03
Participant Feedback: Assignment / Workshop Debrief(s)
Course Content: Design Elements and Visual Grammar
Asynchronous Exercise: Line, Shape, Depth, Value, and Color
Participant Presentations: Each Participant’s Journal and Photographic Progress
Asynchronous Assignment: Complete journal entries (2) and continue photographing project

Meeting 04
Participant Feedback: Assignment / Workshop Debrief(s)
Course Content: Design Principles and Visual Literacy
Asynchronous Exercise: Unity, Focal Point, Scale, Balance, and Rhythm
Participant Presentations: Each Participant’s Journal and Photographic Progress
Asynchronous Assignment: Complete journal entries (2) and continue photographing project

Meeting 05
Participant Feedback: Assignment / Workshop Debrief(s)
Course Content: Maintaining Visual Practice
Participant Presentations: Final Project Presentations

Major Learning Outcomes:

Participants will learn the relationship between subject and form, and develop new skills for analyzing and understanding photographs.

Participants will learn how to use self-reflection and visual authorship to connect their pictures to wider cultural, political, and social meanings.

Participants will learn ways to strengthen their photography visually and refine their photographic voice.

Logistics:

5 meetings, 3 hours per meeting

Required Technology: Personal computer with access to high-speed internet, personal digital camera / photographic workflow (preferably DSLR)

Required Materials: Small notebook or journal ($2.00 – $6.00 USD) and / or alternative analogue journal process

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Instructor: McNair Evans

McNair’s work explores themes of shared experiences and identity by photographing the American cultural landscape amidst forces of modernization. His work presents personal, sometimes autobiographical, subject matter in unconventional narrative form, and has been recognized for its literary character and metaphoric use of light. His first book, Confessions for a Son (Owl & Tiger, 2014), explores the lasting psychological landscape of his father’s death through a once successful, North Carolinian farming empire. His photographs are held in major public and private collections, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and his work has been featured in numerous exhibition settings and editorial publications including Harper’s Magazine, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Financial Times. McNair Evans is a nationally exhibited artist, 2016 Guggenheim Fellow, an active guest lecturer at universities and institutions nationwide, and represented by commercial galleries in San Francisco, CA and Asheville, NC.