Photo 3

Photo 3 is an ADVANCED FINE ARTS course . Therefore, it is imperative that students in this course are highly motivated, independent, and self-directed learners. Class attendance on a consistent basis is critical to the success of students.

This is a semester course that will first review the essentials of photography, darkroom procedures, and basic photo editing tools, using Photoshop cs3. Students will continue to use their digital and 35 mm cameras, along with higher level thinking skills to respond to and communicate the assignments. Students will continue learning 2.0 opportunities on the Internet as they continue to use technology in becoming life long learners. There will be many challenging assignments that will encourage the development of their own personal vision. Students will be encouraged to use the many resources that are provided on the "photography resource link". The semester will culminate with a group art show at our local gallery; students will exhibited a couple of outstanding works of art that they produce this semester.


Additional darkroom time will inevitably be necessary, but will not be available to you during another scheduled photo class. Please get permission from me ahead of time for darkroom use.

Homework will primarily consist of taking and printing photographs on a weekly basis.

Cell phones are prohibited during class.
ipods may be used during class on occasion with permission of the teacher.

Content Standards

Below are essential knowledge that describes what students should know or be able to do in

Photography 3 by the end of the semester:

1. Be a self-directed learner in conceiving and creating art work.
2. Demonstrate proficiency in quality craftsmanship and attention to detail.
3. Use self-assessment to identify areas of strengths and weaknesses to improve your learning.
4. Create one art form which complements another art form (photos with text).
5. Demonstrate knowledge of basic web page design and other technology tools used for presentation and progress of learning.
6. Be able to critique art work in a clear and articulate manner.
7. Demonstrate a deep understanding of creative problem solving skills.
8. Create and speak clearly about a coherent body of work (portfolio).

Materials/Lab Fees
  • 35 mm camera, with manual focus, f-stop, shutter speeds.
  • Digital Camera
  • Binder, to keep negatives
  • A $25.00 lab fee will be collected to help cover the cost of film, paper, and chemicals, and other photographic supplies

Visual Arts Grading System

Everything we do in class contributes in some way to your overall grade.

All assignments/projects are based on meeting the standards or essential learning for the course and are graded on a 4 point scale. 4 is at the top , 1 is at the bottom. Specific criteria and rubrics are given to students for all major assignments, so they are clear how to be successful. When entered into the on-line grade book, the 4 point system is “translated” into the following 100 point scale:

Exceptional, Extraordinary Work (when merited) 4++=100
Exceeds the Standard 4=97
3.5=94
Meets the Standard 3=90
2.5=87
Approaching the Standard 2=83
1.5=79
Does Not Meet the Standard 1=76

Assignments passed in one week after the due date will earn 70% of the assignment's grades .
Assignments passed in more than two weeks after the due date will earn 50% of the assignment's grades.
Communication with the teacher is essential.

This translation scale is borrowed and adapted from Robert Marzano

Make-up Policy
If you are sick and not in school the day an assignment is due, it is due the first day you return to school. Remember it is your responsibility to make arrangements with me, concerning what you missed when you were not in school. Under extraordinary circumstances, please contact me asap, so that together, we can we can make a plan for you to get caught up.