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The School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa embodies an approach to lens-based media that crosses boundaries between analogue and digital processes. With the completion of our new facility and darkroom, we’re excited to create opportunities for the community to experiment and engage. Embrace your creative self; enroll and be a part of SPAO’s photographic community!

CLICK HERE TO VIEW ALL OUR FALL OFFERINGS

This semester, faculty member Whitney Lewis-Smith will be teaching Darkroom II: Intermediate/Advanced Black and White; this is a new opportunity at SPAO to work with this esteemed local artist. Judy Morris Dupont, SPAO alumna and master printmaker will be leading students in Darkroom I: Basic Film Bootcamp. 

More interested in our digital offerings? Digital Photography I: Foundation will teach you the basics of your DSLR camera. Our newest digital post-production class, Digital Post-Production I: Foundation will introduce you to Adobe's most popular softwares! Digital Photography II: Beyond the Basics with Susanne Ure returns this semester, to take your photographs to the next level aesthetically and conceptually!

We're very excited to announce a new ten-week masterclass Portrait Concepts, that will combine guest lectures from SPAO faculty members with hands-on practical studio learning. For those with a fascination for street and documentary photography, David Barbour's Street Work will have you making photographs on the streets of Ottawa and Montreal. Looking to improve your photography with weekly assignments and presentations? 

We've got something for everyone - take a look at all our Fall offerings!
 


We've moved!

As of May 2017, we said goodbye to the space that was our home for 12 years! SPAO's offices and studio are no longer located at 168 Dalhousie St.

Our temporary office space is located at 54 Norman St. in Little Italy. To visit us in person, please make an appointment by phoning 613 562 3824, or emailing admin@spao.ca. For inquiries related to our part-time classes and workshops, please email part-time@spao.ca.


Keep up with the development of our new building by joining our mailing list, or follow us on social media!


photograph by Jean-Paul Simbandumwe

photograph by Jean-Paul Simbandumwe

PART TIME CLASSES BEGIN SOON - DON'T MISS OUT!

Join SPAO's Migration and take a part-time class in your neighbourhood this summer! Find out where we'll be this summer.

New to the world of the Digital SLR Camera? Digital Photography I: Foundations has you covered. Lightroom I and Photoshop I will help you organize and process all the images you take this summer! Hoping to go out in the world to improve your photography skills with a community that's as passionate about making images as you are? Urban Vision will push you to make images of the world around you, and challenge you in weekly critiques.

The popular Everything Macro class is back, now with two additional sessions, to introduce you to new macro techniques and train you in getting that amazing close-up shot. Know a maker who sells their work online and is looking to step up their photography game? Studio Lighting for Makers is a brand new collaboration with Maker Space North that will help individuals craft studio quality lighting with inexpensive alternative materials.

Wanting to make a photography book or portfolio and not sure where to start? Participants in The Photography Book: Crafting the Visual Narrative will have completed projects by the end of the summer. We're also very pleased to announce that we will be offering another session of the popular lighting course One Light Portraiture - sign up now to ensure a spot in the class! 

See you in your neighbourhood this summer!

THANK YOU TO OUR SUMMER PARTNERS!


SPAO 12: End-of-Year Exhibition &
SPAO AT THE CONTACT PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL

VERNISSAGE: April 21, 4PM - 9PM
VIEWING HOURS, APRIL 22-28: 
Saturday & Sunday: 11AM-5PM  |  Mon-Thurs: 12-6PM  |  Fri the 28th: 12-4PM

The School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa will soon be opening the doors to its new facility and gallery. In anticipation, SPAO will be celebrating the end of an era and the birth of its next phase with 2 exciting exhibitions in the spring of 2017!

168 Dalhousie Street in Ottawa will host the 12th annual end of year exhibition, highlighting the work of the 2017 graduating class as well as first-year students. As the final exhibition to take place at SPAO’s Byward Market campus, students and staff are sentimental about welcoming the public into our space to view original artwork, student portfolios and site-specific installations for one last time.

CLICK HERE TO RSVP TO THE OTTAWA EVENT
 

SPAO at the Contact Photography Festival
Vernissage: May 4, 2017, 4-8PM
May 4 - 13, 2017  |  Click through for viewing hours at Arta Gallery

For the first time ever, the work of 50 Ottawa-based photographic artists will be on display, as a part of the CONTACT Photography Festival! This historic exhibition will take place in Toronto at Arta Gallery at 14 Distillery Lane.

For this exhibition, the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa has curated a show that merges work from Exhibition No. 12 with work by alumni, staff and faculty from the school's 12-year history. The City of Ottawa has graciously opened their collection and archive in order to realize this important celebration. The City has a long history of collecting the work of SPAO students, alumni, staff, and faculty as a part of its Direct Purchase Program, and many of the works featured in this exhibition will be from the City's collection.

Each artist in this exhibition has produced their own individualized work that draws from traditional and contemporary photographic techniques and ideas. Established to advance knowledge, creativity, and innovation in photography, SPAO is a not-for-profit photographic-arts school and a registered private career college in Ottawa, Canada.

CLICK HERE TO RSVP TO THE TORONTO EVENT


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spaces still available in the full-time diploma program for 2017-2018: 

JOIN AN ELITE GROUP OF STUDENTS IN ONE OF THE MOST UNIQUE PROGRAMS IN NORTH AMERICA


photo safari: 
havana, cuba

HAVANA – BEYOND THE BEACH  

ONE SPOT LEFT!  

May 27 - June 3,  2017

David Barbour's hotly anticipated Havana workshop is back! Don't miss this amazing opportunity to explore one of the most fascinating cities in the world and challenge your skills as a creative photographer! 

As an assignment photographer, David has travelled to more than 40 countries and since 1994 he has photographed in Havana every year, documenting life on the street. Highlights to his career include a World Press Award in 1985 and a Mid Career Canada Council Grant in 1999 to continue his personal project in Havana. The strength and kindness of the Cuban people has motivated this ongoing, personal project to continue and evolve. David's work can be viewed at www.davidbarbour.com


WINTER OFFERINGS

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

New to the world of the Digital SLR Camera? Digital Photography I: Foundations has you covered. Know a young and passionate creative? Our *BRAND NEW* Teen Bootcamp is the perfect way to learn the foundations of photography and the darkroom. Hoping to jump into the darkroom for the first time, or refresh old skills? Check out Film Photography Bootcamp or Classic Black and White: The Print. Looking for something a little different that will push you to take unique images? We'll be offering another session of our popular course Urban Vision. Lightroom I and Photoshop I will help you organize and process all the images you take this winter! 

Wanting to make a photography book or portfolio and not sure where to start? Students of our new workshop The Photography Book: Crafting the Visual Narrative will complete projects by March 2017. We're pleased to announce that we will be offering another session of the popular lighting course One Light Portraiture - sign up now to ensure a spot in the class! 

See you in the Studio, Computer Lab, and Darkroom!

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The School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa is small, but pound for pound it’s among the most successful, unique art schools in North America. Now after 12 years of operation, SPAO is about to embark in it’s biggest community project ever!

SPAO is extremely excited to announce that after more than a decade in our existing space, we will be constructing a new facility and gallery space in honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary.

The School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa has partnered with one of Ottawa’s most prestigious architectural firms, Barry Hobin and Associates Architects in order to realize the development of a new facility outside of the Byward Market. SPAO’s new location will be larger and will add new exhibition opportunities for Canadian visual artists as its latest contribution to the Ottawa community.

Concept drawings and location details for the new facility with be presented at:

EVOLUTION: SPAO'S FINAL OPEN HOUSE AT ITS BYWARD MARKET LOCATION

When: Nov. 4th 2016, 3 - 9 pm

Where: 168 Dalhousie street, Ottawa

SPAO is an independent, not-for-profit photographic visual arts school and registered private career college, and offers some of the best programming of its kind in North America. SPAO offers both full-time and part-time courses.

For interviews and information contact admin@spao.ca


SPAO Is Growing

THE SCHOOL OF THE PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS: OTTAWA IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE Four RECENT ADDITIONS TO THE SPAO ORGANIZATION!

We are pleased to announce the appointment of:

JONATHAN HOBIN as Creative / Executive Director

WHITNEY LEWIS-SMITH as Darkroom Instructor

OLIVIA JOHNSTON as Photographic History Instructor
 
JENNIFER MARTIN as Artist Residency Coordinator

"When I originally envisioned the school, I imagined a place where the culture of photographic arts would develop an entire community and that one day the students of the school would become leaders of that community. It’s a romantic narrative and one that is about to come into fruition. I am very excited to see my original mentee, Jonathan Hobin, as well as two of SPAO’s most promising graduates join the SPAO organization. We have assembled a great team in order to usher in the next evolution and growth at SPAO."
 
MICHAEL TARDIOLI
Founding Director / Director of Education and Mentorship

Monster, 2014,  Whitney Lewis Smith

Monster, 2014,  Whitney Lewis Smith


detail of image by Christine Fitzgerald.

detail of image by Christine Fitzgerald.

autumn offerings

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

We have everything from Digital Photography I: Foundation to Advanced Darkroom. Looking to embrace your creative self? Check out new workshops like Everything Macro, or old classics like The Art of Digital Printmaking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


A+9 EXHIBITION: CELEBRATING PART-TIME EXCELLENCE

The time has come for The School of The Photographic Arts: Ottawa’s 9th annual A+ Exhibition.
 
This is the ninth annual contest and exhibition of selected images from SPAO’s continuing education community. Every year, we invite students who have ever been enrolled in a part-time course of workshop to enter a maximum of five works. This year, we had three categories for entry: Silver Gelatin/Alternative Processes, Digital Print, and for the first time, Photo Book! 

Join us to celebrate the photographic work of our part-time students.

Exhibition Dates: July 8th to August 13th, 2016
Opening and Awards Ceremony: Friday July 8th
, 6-9 p.m. 
 

The 2016 Jury:
Joanne Rycaj Guillemette
Curator and Photography Archivist, Library and Archives Canada

Christian Lalonde
Head of Commercial Photography, PhotoluxStudio

Stephanie Germano
Manager and Exhibitions Programmer, Art Rental and Sales, Ottawa Art Gallery


 

 

 

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION, Including the 2016 winners!

 


Photograph by SPAO Diploma Student: Neeko Paluzzi

Photograph by SPAO Diploma Student: Neeko Paluzzi


diploma program

Now accepting applications for the SPAO Diploma Program

SPAO’s two-year diploma program Photographic Arts and Production offers a unique opportunity to cultivate individual vision and craft, acquire comprehensive analogue and digital photography skills, and develop a broad understanding of photographic theory and history.

The only program of its kind in Canada, SPAO's Photographic Arts and Production offers students an intensive, community-oriented and collaborative learning experience. Educated and evaluated in large part through their performance, students develop and present portfolios and signature pieces and present these works in the school's exhibition spaces. Teaching and learning take place in a workshop environment designed to support the school’s motto: Vision, Content, Craft.

APPLY HERE

School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa • 168 Dalhousie Street Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1N 7C4 (613) 562-3824