Visual Strategies



This course, open to all skill levels, introduces a variety of visual strategies that can be applied towards personal work. Through weekly readings, critiques, and lectures that encourage artistic self-growth, reflections on the nature of photography, and compositional techniques, students will be inspired to make better photos and move beyond the uncertainty they feel when evaluating images.

The course may serve as a primer for students new to the Art of Composition courses and provide a fresh set of tools for those that have gone through the sequence. Creating work to present for critique in a supportive classroom environment is at the heart of the course serving also as a discovery and testing ground towards the development of a highly personal body of work.

A course-long emphasis on the development of personal style and projects will be complemented by a survey of photo books that have influenced the trajectory of the medium. The photo book has become one of the most important vehicles of photography beyond the world of gallery exhibitions. Students will be introduced to the conceptualization, capturing, and sequencing of such material in order to inspire a holistic, photographic process.

Class Length: 7 Weeks
Class Options: In-Person
Lecture Duration: About 3 Hours with Break
Provided Material: Lecture Slides & Readings

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    Stephanie Godinez

    Huge Growth in 7 Weeks!

    Jeff teaches the type of courses that bend and twist my brain into getting out of its usual comfort zone and Visual Strategies was no exception. I had felt I was in a bit of a photography plateau and this class was the perfect cure to shake things up. Within seven weeks, I found myself both more literate about the thought processes behind making art as well as ‘seeing’ things so much more differently in the field. My classmates had amazing work that inspired me as well and gave me so many new ideas regarding my approaches to projects. Jeff is a kind and patient instructor and his passion for the arts never ceases to impress me. Thank you so much!

    February 28, 2024

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