Acton-Boxborough Regional High School

Department of Visual Arts

Drawing and Painting

Photography

Ceramics

Art History and Sculpture

Digital Art

Portfolio

Description of Courses

Photography I

Grades: 9-12 Grouping: Heterogeneous

Prerequisite: None

Photography students will learn that a photographer’s art work is based on what you look at and what you see. Developing this unique vision will be the primary focus of this course. Students will work quite independently as soon as they have mastered the use of their 35 mm camera, the techniques of processing black and white film and developing black and white images in the darkroom. Classroom time will be spent primarily on creating printed images of the photographs taken outside of class.

Semester course, alternate days, 1.25 credits

* Students must have their own 35 mm camera in order to take this course.

ADVANCED PHOTOGRAPHY

Grades: 9-12 Grouping: Heterogeneous

Prerequisite: Photography I with a B- or higher

The second level of photography will build on skills learned in Photography I. Unique and personal views will be further emphasized. Students will also be introduced to new approaches such as double exposures, contact negatives, solarization and hand coloring.

Semester course (842), alternate days, 1.25 credits

Semester course (842a), alternate days, 1.25 credits

* Students may sign up for 2 semesters of Advanced Photography during a school year. Select both 842 and 842a to enroll in 2 semesters of Advanced Photography alternate days.

Note: Students must have their own 35 mm camera in order to take Advanced Photography.

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY

Grades: 9-12 Grouping: Heterogeneous

In this course students will learn how to use a digital single lens reflex camera (DSLR) to create engaging photographs that express their personal view of the world. We will explore the professional tool of Adobe Photoshop in depth, and learn how this “digital darkroom” can not only improve our photographs, but also create a new sense of reality. The class will cover such topics as resolution, scanning, color correcting, touch-ups, and printing. We will also spend time learning about the images of contemporary photographers who utilize digital technology in their work. Paper for photographic prints will be provided.

Semester course, 5 times per week, 2.5 credits

* Students must have their own DSLR camera (NOT a point-and-shoot model) in order to take this course.

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY II

Grades: 9-12 Grouping: Heterogeneous

Prerequisite: Digital Photography I with a B- or better