PICS OR IT DIDN’T HAPPEN: DOCUMENTING YOUR WORKAlex Arzt8 sessions >> Wednesdays, March 13- May 17:30–10:30 pm, Studio 16A, $385No prerequisite. Some knowledge of photography helpful, but not necessary.
Maintaining an active archive of your work is increasingly important for online portfolios and applications. Photo documentation is often the only record of an exhibit or performance, which makes it important to do correctly. Over the course of four weeks, students will learn how to professionally document artwork for online portfolios, applications, and personal archives. Students will photograph both 2D and 3D artworks in a gallery and/or studio setting. They will learn best practices for photographing artwork accurately with an eye for even lighting, sharp focus, correct exposure, and accurate color representation using a color card. The class will conclude with retouching workflows in Photoshop and Lightroom for color correction, sharpening, compositing, batch processing, and exporting. We will cover basic file organization and back-up strategies for creating an archive that best represents students' work and practices. At the end of the class, students will have a skillset that they will utilize throughout their careers in the arts.__________________Alex Arzt is an Oakland based interdisciplinary artist who uses photography, video, collaboration, publishing, and installation to investigate what “getting back to nature” can mean in the age of human-made ecological crises. In 2018, she was awarded grants from The Puffin Foundation and The East Bay Community Foundation towards the completion of The Positions and Situations Project, and she is an Affiliate Artist at The Headlands Center for the Arts. Her publishing projects have been stocked at Artbook @ MoMA PS1, Printed Matter, The Hammer Museum Store, and Motto Berlin. She earned a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she taught in the Art Foundations and Photography & Film Departments. She has attended residencies at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, PLAYA Summer Lake, Hambidge Center, A-Z West, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Mildred’s Lane, and This Will Take Time.
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What materials (if any) will I need to bring to class?Each course requires specific materials that we ask you bring to your first class session so you can get started making right away. Materials lists are available approximately two weeks prior to the course start date. Visit the SFAI website here, click on your course title, and then click on the blue "Materials List" link underneath the course dates. If you have any questions regarding materials, please contact Public Education Staff.What are my transport/parking options getting to San Francisco Art Institute?All classes, unless otherwise noted, meet at 800 Chestnut Street, between Jones and Leavenworth. You can find directions to campus on the SFAI website.
SFAI is located in a residential neighborhood, and free two-hour parking is available on all of the streets immediately surrounding the school. The two-hour restriction cuts off at 9 pm, so evening Public Education students do not need to move their car, unless you arrive prior to 7 pm.SFAI is easily accessible via public transportation, with Muni bus lines #30 Stockton, #45 Union, and #47 Van Ness located within a few blocks of campus.Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?SFAI Public Education Staff are always happy to answer any questions you may have about the Public Education program, or our courses. We are in the office Monday-Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. Call us at: 415.749.4554 or e-mail: [email protected]
What is the refund policy?Refund requests must be made in writing to [email protected]
For courses that meet for ten sessions or more, a 100% refund minus a $20 processing fee is given if written notice is received at least five business days before the first class. After five business days before the first class, an 80% refund minus a $20 processing fee is given when written notice is received prior to the third class. No refund is given after the class has met three times. Please allow two to three weeks to receive your refund.
For courses that meet for six sessions or fewer, a 100% refund minus a $20 processing fee is given when written notice is received at least five business days before the first class. After five business days before the first class, an 80% refund minus a $20 processing fee is given when written notice is received prior to the second class. No refund is given after the class has met two times. Please allow two to three weeks to receive your refund.