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Photography 1: Introduction

to Photography 2017 - 2018

Instructor: Mrs. Hensley

Website: www.hhsart.weebly.com
Course Description:
In this course, students apply the language of art in producing fine art photographs. Primary
experiences will concentrate upon the use of a 35mm single lens reflex camera, film processing,
darkroom techniques, print manipulation and the presentation of work. Technical skills evolve
through the introduction of pinhole photography and contact printing. Experiences throughout the
course will include composing, exposing, processing, enlarging images in the darkroom, and basic
experiences in digital imaging.

Required Materials:
Each student is required to have a 1 - 1.5 hard shell binder for storing negatives and prints.
Suggested Materials:
35 mm Single Lens Reflex (SLR) Camera with MANUAL focus and exposure settings. Having a
camera is not required for this course, however it is extremely helpful. Ask parents, aunts, uncles,
family, neighbors, etc. to borrow one for the class. If you are looking to purchase one, I recommend
shopping on ebay for a pentax k1000. In addition to a film camera, having a digital camera is helpful.
Many students use a family camera or their phone. Digital cameras can also be signed out for a specific
amount of time for students to complete work.
This year, students will be given an 9 x 12 sketchbook to use in class. If the student loses the
sketchbook, they will be required to replace it by either purchasing one themselves or purchase
one from the department at cost of $15.

Class Expectations:
All students are expected to observe and adhere to all policies defined in the Student Agenda
Book regarding lateness and conduct. Because photography requires the use of expensive and
complex equipment and tools, you must treat all tools (cameras, enlargers, filters, darkroom
equipment, chemistry, computers, etc.) with the utmost care and respect. Students are expected to
maintain the studio space and darkroom. The developing, enlarging and printing of black and
white images takes place in the classroom and darkroom where chemicals are used and stored. No
food or drink is allowed in the studio. Clear water bottles will be allowed in the classroom section
of the studio only. It is very important that students are serious and thoughtful about their behavior
and actions at all times. Dangerous or inappropriate behaviors will result in the loss of darkroom
time. Students are expected to participate in class discussions, critiques, and activities. Students are
expected to have all materials required for the class with them when class starts. Binders and
paper can be permanently stored in the studio. Cameras can be turned in before school starts or
brought to class. No student will be permitted to go to their car / locker to retrieve materials for
class. Behavior issues will be dealt with according to the HHS PBIS discipline ladder.
Photography Problem Structure:
We will assess each photo problem while its in progress and/or when it is complete by way of
many different methods. These methods may include: written reflections, individual critiques, peer
critiques, or (most often) group critiques. Intelligent, thoughtful, and open-minded participation in
the assessment process is mandatory, and will affect your marking period grade, (see below).

Step 1: Introduction of a New Shooting Assignment. To begin, the instructor will present works by
exemplar photographers and previous students that model strong and weak solutions to the
problem. Often students will critically analyze the works, and engage in discussions about them
together in class. Then a portion of class time will be used to generate ideas for their own solutions
to the new problem in their sketchbooks.
Step 2: Preliminary work. Students will complete a variety of preliminary brainstorming techniques
throughout the year. Some of these include free writing, group discussions, visual journals, and
thumbnail sketches.
Step 3: Contact Sheets & In-Progress Critiques. After students process their film and make a contact
exposure of these images, the student will have an independent in-progress critique/reflection to
help the student decide which negatives to print. Occasionally these in-progress critiques will count
for a grade.
Step 4: Final Class Critique. The final assessment of a students artwork will take place during a final
class critique. The final critique is designed to allow students to personally reflect on the success of
their own work, as well as their peers.During the final critique, students will:
1) Evaluate and score their final works using the assigned criteria.2) Participate in the final
critique by responding to a written reflection and sharing their thoughts.3) Students will receive a
separate grade for their participation in the critique. Students who have an unexcused absence the
day of the critique will receive a zero for this participation grade. Students who are legally absent
that day will receive an incomplete, (will not count for or against grade) as final class critiques
cannot be rescheduled.
Step 5: Teacher Assessment. Lastly, the instructor will grade the work based upon the assigned
criteria. I will collect the work (or it will be submitted digitally via Canvas), along with the
evaluation sheet at the end of the final class critique. Assignments will be graded using the criteria
described below:
Grading Criteria:
Idea development: (20%)Applies strategies to generate a variety of solutions to a given art problem.
Design: (20%)Organizes ideas through the use of materials and compositional / formal strategies.
Personal choicemaking and meaning: (20%)Uses best practices and experiences to inform and
develop an authentic voice.

Studio Skills & Practices: (20%)Demonstrates artistic behaviors in the studio environment:
perseverance of task, care of materials, and respect for others and their work.

Craftsmanship: (20%)Employs strategies and techniques to insure the quality and the final presentation
of completed assignment.

Reflection: (separate grade)Communicates an understanding of concepts and strategies, personal

choices, through the evaluation of artworks.
Academic Integrity:
Each student is responsible for upholding and maintaining academic integrity. If there is a question
in reference to a students academic integrity, they will be referred to their administrator by way of
a disciplinary referral, given due process, and receive the appropriate consequence based on
Howard High Schools Academic Honor Code. Any violation of academic integrity will impact a
students eligibility for credit in this course.
At any point, the teacher may ask for a students original photograph. If the student cannot produce the
original photograph, the student will not receive credit for that assignment.

Word of the Week

Every two weeks, students will be given a word or prompt to shoot digitally for a homework
assignment. The word should be thoughtfully interpreted by the student. Students will first have a
sketchbook assignment that helps them weed out clich responses and arrive at a thoughtful
concept the first Friday. The students will turn in the photo of their refined concept to Canvas the
next Friday. This will be followed by a critique and contest. The winning print will be printed,
matted and the student will receive extra credit for the assignment (late work will not be considered
for extra credit). The photo that unpacks each word or concept is worth 20 points and will be
graded on the following categories:
Objective: (5 points)Does my photo explore the concept assigned?Did I turn in my photograph
on time in the appropriate location?Is it a recent photograph? (You need to shoot a new
photograph for each word. On the rare exception, I will allow older images, however you need to
consult me first)

Shooting Skills: (5 points) Is my image designed well? Did I consider principles of composition?
Is it a snap shot? Was light thoughtfully used in my photo?
Editing: (5 points): Is the image high quality? Is it pixelated?Have I considered cropping and
rotating to enhance my image? Have I color-corrected my image?
Description: (5 Points):Every image you upload to Canvas must have a description that is
appropriate for the image that elucidate upon the photo you took. It should NOT be absolutely
necessary to read the description in order to understand the image by itself.
Digital Portfolios
Every student is expected to maintain a digital portfolio throughout the year. Work done in class
will be scanned and uploaded to the free website builder, Wix. We will be using this as a
classroom tool for sharing work as well as an opportunity to learn about creating an effective
online presence as an artist.
In Photo 1, the bulk of our homework will involve completing shooting assignments. Please plan
your time accordingly to complete all shooting assignments on time. In addition to shooting
assignments, Photo 1 students will often be required to complete sketchbook assignments based on
the shooting problem that has been assigned. It is in the students best interest to use their regular
class time wisely to complete assignments. If in-class time is not used wisely, more out-of-class work
may be the result.
**Parents can check on all due dates and assignments at any time by looking at Canvas.
Social Media - The twitter and instagram art accounts (@howardhighart) are strictly for professional
use only. They are not designed for a place to post things that are not school related. Following
the accounts is completely optional. You will not receive a follow back from the accounts. It is a
way for us to showcase all of the great work students at Howard High School do.
Equipment that can be signed out for out-of-school use is used at your discretion. The cost of lost,
damaged, or broken cameras, tripods, etc. will be the responsibility of the student who signed out
the equipment. Failure to comply with proper use and responsibility of any and all photographic
tools and equipment will result in a phone call home and may result in loss of privileges in signing
out or using the equipment.
Due Dates / Late work:
Assignment deadlines are set at the discretion of the instructor when the assignment is given. It is
the students responsibility to make up any missed work due to excused absences, and to collect
daily objectives, handouts, and notes. Students are also responsible for scheduling appointments
with the teacher to discuss make-up work. If the student is absent on the day an assignment is due,
the assignment should be handed in on the following day. Late work from unexcused absences or
otherwise will not be given full credit. For each day late you submit any assignment (homework
and class-work), after the deadline, you will be deducted one letter grade, (or 10%) up until 50%.
Students may turn any assignment into the teacher for half credit by the end of the marking period.
Upgrade / Redo Policy
If a student wishes to resubmit an assignment, they may purchase film at a cost of $3.00 and redo
the work. They may also inquire about completing the work digitally. The two grades will be
averaged out to get the final grade for the work. For example, if the student originally earned a
70% and redid the work to earn a 90%, the redone grade would be an 80%. This only applies on
final photographs, digital assignments or word of the week problems.
Denial of Credit / Absences:
According to county-wide policy, students are not to miss more than 5% of any credited class for
the entire school year. Missing studio art classes can place a student in a difficult position for
making-up work. All students are responsible for making up missed assignments on their own
accord. Only students who provide proper notes documenting an excused absence will be given
exemption from the daily letter grade penalty. Students are responsible for keeping all proper
documentation to defend their excused absences.
Cell Phones / Electronics - BYOD Policy
Students are not to have devices out unless they have specific individual permission from the
teacher which will be indicated verbally and with a visual cue.
Thats IT!
Photography is about exploration - in this class, you will discover things in
the world around you that you never noticed before and develop your
own personal identity as a photographer through guided explorations
into both technical aesthetic decisions and conceptual investigations. Be
inquisitive, open-minded, and WANT to dig deeper into the topics that
interest you and you WILL be successful. (oh, and hand stuff in)
Howard High School Photography Department
Syllabus Contract
This syllabus is a contract. By signing below, you and your parents / guardians are acknowledging
that you have read the entire Photo 1 course syllabus, and will abide by and support all of its
stated policies at: http://hhsart.weebly.com/syllabus.html

___________________________________ ___________________________________
Student Signature Parent / Guardian Signature

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Student Name (printed) Parent / Guardian Name (printed)

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Cameras and photography equipment

I own / can acquire a 35 mm SLR (single lens re ex) camera with manual settings for the use
during Photo I.

I plan on using the school provided cameras to complete the course work in Photo I.

I have photography equipment (cameras, darkroom supplies, etc.) I would like to donate to
the Howard Photography Program (please be sure to fill out contact information above)
Donations are tax deductible

email: sarah_hensley@hcpss.org
website: www.hhsart.weebly.com

Twitter and Instagram: @ Howardhighart