Color Theory + Symbolism for Photography

Victoria Mara Heilweil
4 Sessions »Wednesdays, April 4–25

6:30–9:30pm | McMillan Conference Room | $195

No prerequisite. Students may use any camera in this class, even an iPhone.

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Color is a complicated topic, and it takes focused study and experimentation to understand it. Though we see in color, it is easy to take it for granted in a representational medium such as photography. This course trains you to see color, and use it creatively in your photographs. Class time will include discussions and lecture on color theory, and primarily devoted to shooting photographs and receiving feedback on your work. In addition, there will be some discussion of adjusting color using Photoshop and Lightroom to further enhance your photographs. Presentations of historical and contemporary color photographers will illustrate concepts each week, and inspire student photographs. You will walk away with greater knowledge about the power of color and how to harness it to your benefit.

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Victoria Mara Heilweil is a nationally exhibited photographic artist, curator, and educator. Her photography transforms the mundane into the sublime. She received her MFA from California College of the Arts in 1995. Her work has been included in exhibitions at the San Jose Institute for Contemporary Art, Intersection for the Arts, Southern Exposure, RayKo Photo Center, Pro Arts and PHOTO Gallery in the Bay Area; wall space gallery and Robert V. Fullerton Art Museum in Southern California; University Art Gallery at California State University, Chico; Minneapolis Photo Center; Visual Arts Center in Portsmouth, Virginia; and Washington Square Art Galleries in New York City. She has also created public and community-based artworks in conjunction with the ZERO1 Biennial in San Jose and the Bayview Opera House in San Francisco. Heilweil was selected as an Artist in Residence at the de Young Museum in 2015.

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