Photo by SPAO graduate Philip Ross

Photo by SPAO graduate Philip Ross

PAP 110 MODULE 1: STILL LIFE


This module provides an introduction to the production of visual art—and to the basic elements of photography. For centuries the deceptively simple yet classical "still life" genre has been used as a point of departure in a visual artist’s development. In this module, students are introduced to the major knowledge and core competency skills necessary for creating original fine art expressions through a photographic medium. Students will explore: determining the pictorial vision, concept, or message they wish to express; formulating the design concept and presentation approach for the communication of the vision; and creating original artwork using appropriate media and techniques to express the vision.

Here students are introduced to the knowledge and skills of camera and lens selection, camera movements, subject composition, medium-format film and darkroom processing, studio workflow, basic studio lighting techniques, and a variety of approaches to still life photography. Students learn the importance of pre-visualization, planning and conceptual development. The still life focus will also introduce students to the basic knowledge of visual fine art still life history. Students learn basic printmaking techniques in the darkroom, and produce and present a series of still life silver gelatin photographic prints. The module concludes with a group critique of the student’s still life work.

Textbook: The Photograph, Graham Clarke (New York & Oxford), 1997.
Note: The textbook provided by the school is used for all 100 level modules.
It is subject to change if and when a more recent and//or appropriate textbook is published and available.