Spring/Summer 2009 – sorted by start date

Intro to Digital Photo (Mondays) —March 30 – May 18
Intro to Digital Photo (Tuesdays) —March 31 – May 19
Circuit Building 2 —March 31 – April 21
Digital Video Workshop
—March 25 – April 29
Experimental Animation
—March 25 – April 29
Animation for Kids (Ages 5–7) — March 28 – April 25
B/W Photograhy for Teens (Ages 14-17)
— March 30 – May 4
Darkroom Photography —April 1 – May 22
Salon: What's All This About Comics &
What the Heck Is a Graphic Novel, Anyway?
—April 11 & 18
Experimental Filmmaking —April 18 – May 9
Photoshop
—April 24 – May 15
Documentary: Telling Your Story (Ages 14-17) — April 14 – May 12
Kid Vid (Ages 11-13) — April 25– May 16
3D Computer Animation (Ages 14-17) — April 18– May 9
Digital Photo for Teens (14–17) — April 16– May 21
Analog Synthesiszer Workshop — May 6 - May 27
Digital Photography Camp (For Adults) — June 8 - June 12
Circuit Building 1 — June 9 - June 30
Intro to Web Design — June 15– July 20



Intro to Digital Photo (Mondays)
Spring: EMA 102a
Richard Hurst
8 Mondays, 1:00pm – 4:00 pm
March 30 – May 18
Annie Seamans Media Arts Lab

Summer : EMA 102c
Betsy Van Den Blink
8 Mondays 6:00pm–9:00pm
June 15–August 3
Annie Seamans Media Arts Lab

This introductory class will familiarize students with the unique functions of their digital still cameras and provide an introduction to Adobe Photoshop software. Digital and traditional photography will be compared and the class assignments will allow students to develop and improve their aesthetic and technical skills through practice and in-class discussions. Students should bring their own cameras to class. Upon completion of the course, students will receive a minimum of two final digital prints and a CD of their portfolio of work from the class. Max enrollment: 6. $280 members, $305 non-members



Intro to Digital Photo (Tuesdays)
EMA 102b
Sally Bozzuto
8 Tuesdays, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
March 31-May 19
Annie Seamans Media Arts Lab

This introductory class will familiarize students with the unique functions of their digital still cameras and provide an introduction to Adobe Photoshop software. Digital and traditional photography will be compared and the class assignments will allow students to develop and improve their aesthetic and technical skills through practice and in-class discussions. Students should bring their own cameras to class. Upon completion of the course, students will receive a minimum of two final digital prints and a CD of their portfolio of work from the class. Max enrollment: 6. $280 members, $305 non-members


Circuit Building 2
EMA 116
Michael Johnsen
4 Tuesdays, 6:00p - 9:00pm
March 31-April 21
Annie Seamans Media Arts Lab

This more advanced circuit-building course is for students who want to delve deeper into making their own electronic music instruments. This class will clearly guide you through the steps of making or modifying guitar effect pedals, building electronic synthesizers and circuit-bending electronic toys. The basics of soldering, construction, and schematics will be covered. Participants will leave with a device/processor/instrument of their own design and a good foundation for further electronic tinkering. Max enrollment: 6 $180 members, $205 non-members (cost includes electronic parts needed to complete the project)


Digital Video Workshop
EMA 101
Gordon Nelson
5 Wednesdays, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
March 25 – April 29 (no class on April 8)
Annie Seamans Media Arts Lab

This introductory course is designed to build your creative and technical skills with a goal towards completing a short video project. Different styles of production will be covered including documentary, narrative and video art. Class time will include analyzing examples and refining your editing ability with Apple computers and Final Cut software. Finished projects will be screened and discussed during class. Students may choose to borrow equipment or use their own. Max enrollment: 6 $160 members, $185 non-members.


Experimental Filmmaking
EMA 302
Mike Bonello & Gordon Nelson
4 Saturdays, 1:00pm -3:00pm
April 18- May 9
Photography Studio

This unorthodox film class will guide participants through the strange and fantastic world of alternative filmmaking possibilities using super-8 or 16mm film. Exposure, hand processing and splicing will be covered in this short course co-taught by veterans of Pittsburgh’s experimental film scene. Super-8 black and white film will be available for purchase at $11 per roll. Bring your own super-8 camera, or borrow one of ours (refundable deposit required). $105 members, $130 non-members



Animation for Kids (Ages 5–7)
EMA 103
Joanna Abel
4 Saturdays, 10:00am -11:30am
March 28 - April25 (no class April 11)

The activities in this course will nurture the creative spirit of young children by allowing them to experiment with the art form of animation. Focusing on the manner in which younger children exhibit curiosity regarding the moving image, they will be guided through a step-by-step process leading to a final animation project burned onto a DVD. All children will work with paper materials, digital cameras and computers. $80 members. $105 non-members



B/W Photograhy for Teens (Ages 14-17)
PHO 201
Sally Bozzuto
6 Thursdays, 6:00pm - 8:30pm
March 30 – May 4

This black and white photography course is for students who want to learn more about traditional photography using film and manual 35mm cameras. Film types, exposure, lenses, movement, composition and depth of field will be covered, along with processing black and white negatives and printing in the darkroom. Bring your own camera to class, black and white chemistry is provided, but students provide their own film and paper, available for purchase from the instructor. $150 members, $175 non-members


Darkroom Photography
Spring: PHO 101a Richard Hurst
8 Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:30pm April 1 – May 27
Photography Studio (no class on April 8)

Summer:PHO 101b Richard Hurst
8 Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:30pm June 17 – August 5
Photography Studio

This darkroom–intensive course for is for experienced students with a foundation in photography. Participants can refine their technical skills for black & white film processing and fine–tune printing and enlarging skills. Includes the use of fiber–base paper and an introduction to the zone system. These advanced techniques can be applied towards a personal project. Bring a camera and one unexposed roll of 24–exposure film to the first class. Students provide paper. $215 members, $240 non–members (fee includes all chemicals)



Salon: What's All This About Comics & What the Heck Is a Graphic Novel, Anyway?
EMA 501
Bill Boichel
2 Saturdays, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
April 11 & 18
Marshall Annex

Over two consecutive Saturday evenings, we will explore what has transpired over the last thirty years in the world of comics, tracking the development of the form as well as the industry underpinning it. Artistically speaking, we will discuss how a medium scorned as simultaneously puerile and inconsequential thirty years ago now stands as the recipient of museum retrospectives, the subject and/or source of Pulitzer prize winning novels as well as numerous critical studies and histories, and is generally basking in a glow of newfound respect. We will also look from a business perspective at how the comics industry was transformed from where it stood in 1974 -- on the verge of collapse -- to where it stands today -- responsible for the most valuable Hollywood franchises, the most popular category in libraries across the country, and one of the few growth spots in the publishing world. And, finally we will try to untangle the Gordian knot of the relationship between art and commerce that lies at the core of comics and so be able to gain a greater appreciation of this important cultural force. Join us for what we hope will be an enlightening experience.$100 members, $125 non-members, Includes refreshments




Experimental Animation
EMA 118
Drew Pavelchak
5 Wednesdays, 6:00pm - 8:30pm
March 25 - April 29
Lecture Studio

The activities in this class combine traditional stop-motion techniques and software applications to create unusual short animated movies. Students will work with a variety of 2D and 3D materials with a goal towards a final project. Maximum enrollment: 6. $165 members, $190 non-members


Photoshop
Spring: EMA 215a
Betsy Van Den Blink
4 Fridays, 1:00pm -4:00pm
April 24 – May 15
Annie Seamans Media Arts Lab

Summer:EMA 215b
Sally Bozzuto
4 Tuesdays, 6:00pm -9:00pm
June 16 – July 7
Annie Seamans Media Arts Lab

Adobe Photoshop software is a creative tool which offers limitless possibilities for image manipulation. In this course, students will use Apple computers and obtain a clear understanding of the Adobe Photoshop workspace through familiarization of the most commonly used features including the toolbox, palettes, sizing options, layers and preparing images for print and web publication. This class is not just for photographers, but anyone interested in applying the power of Photoshop to make better two-dimensional images. $160 members, $185 non-members.




Documentary: Telling Your Story (Ages 14-17)
EMA 140
Benjamin Hernstrom
5 Tuesdays, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
April 14 - May 12
Annie Seamans Media Arts Lab

Documentary filmmakers follow a unique set of guidelines that are much different than those applied to dramatic films. This class will cover the unique production methods specific to documentaries, including pre-production/planning, interview techniques, portraying a subject and shaping your footage through editing to create a meaningful message. $160 members, $185 non-members



Kid Vid (Ages 11-13)
EMA 221    [Now full. Call to be added to waiting list.]
Susan Howard
4 Saturdays, 10:00am - 12:00pm
April 25-May 16
Lecture Studio

This fun class will get students started making their own creative movie productions using kid-friendly technology. Learn the basics of visual language used in movies, proper use of a camera and editing with Apple computers. Students collaborate on short assignments and productions during class time and receive a DVD of their projects. All equipment is provided during class time. $90 members. $115 non-members



3D Computer Animation (Ages 14-17)
Spring: EMA 117
Andrew Pavlick
4 Saturdays, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
April 18 – May 9
Annie Seamans Media Arts Lab

Summer: EMA 117
Andrew Pavlick
4 Saturdays, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
July 11 - August 1

This course will introduce students to Blender, a popular and powerful open source software application used for 3D animation in movies and videogames. Students will learn creative approaches to making their own 3D objects while developing a working knowledge of the principles of animated movement. Class activities will include exercises, demonstrations and examples designed to give students a solid foundation in this captivating field. $160 members, $185 non-members



Digital Photography For Teens (Ages 14-17)
EMA 111
Betsy Van Den Blink
6 Thursdays, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
April 16–May 21
Annie Seamans Media Arts Lab

This class will familiarize students with the unique functions of their digital still ameras and provide an introduction to Adobe Photoshop software. Digital and traditional photography will be ccompared and the class assignments will allow students to develop and improve their aesthetic and technical skills through practice and in-class discussions. Students should bring their own cameras to class. Upon completion of the course, students will receive a minimum of two final digitial prints and a CD of their portfolio of work from the class. Max enrollment: 6. $165 members, $190 non-members




Intro to Web Design
Spring:EMA 110a
Angela Cornelius
6 Mondays, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
March 30-May 4
Annie Seamans Media Arts Lab

Summer: EMA 110b
Angela Cornelius
6 Mondays 6:00pm – 8:00pm
June 15 – July 20
Annie Seamans Media Arts Lab

Take a creative approach to the tools and methods for building effective web sites. We will use Apple computers with Adobe CS software including Photoshop.
Emphasis will be on creating sites that have an effective visual style and clear navigation. At the end of the course each student will have completed
a simple website that is uploaded onto the internet. Max enrollment: 6 $165 members, $190 non-members



Analog Synthesizer Workshop
EMA 304
Michael Johnsen
4 Wednesdays, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
May 6 -27

This class offers an introduction to the equipment and principles that lie at the mysterious roots of Electronic Music. Using the classic Arp Odyssey and a complement of auxiliary equipment, students will gain a hands-on understanding of the voltage-controlled synthesizer and basic studio technique including filters, oscillators, modulators, and "effects". Emphasis will be placed on basic principles, rather than on specific equipment, encouraging self-sufficiency and resourcefulness. Max enrollment: 8 $160 member, $185 non-members


Digital Photography Camp (For Adults)
EMA 223
Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 12:00pm
June 8 – 12
Annie Seamans Media Arts Lab

Hit the streets for this digital photography camp for adults. Learn to capture the best images possible by understanding the controls of your digital camera while shooting photographs of a variety of subjects in the field. Adobe Photoshop software will be introduced for image editing and printing in the Filmmakers at the Center lab. Bring your own digital camera. $200 members, $225 non-members.


Circuit Building 1
EMA 116
Michael Johnsen
4 Tuesdays, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
June 9-30

A simplified course in making audio circuits from scratch for people who always wanted to make synthesizers and effects pedals, but didn't know where to start. Clear, honest, and not super technical, this workshop covers all the basics of soldering, construction, and schematics as well as the idiosyncratic world of "circuit bending". Participants will leave with a device/ processor/ instrument of their own design and a good foundation for further electronic tinkering. $180 members, $205 non-members (cost includes electronic parts needed to complete the project)