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Continuing Education - Youth and Precollege

Summer 2016 Precollege Programs in the Arts:
Photography Institute

Grades 9–12

Photography Institute

Typical Day
Location: Visual Arts Bldg., Room 0005

Develop technical and aesthetic skills in photography using both digital and 35mm cameras. The Institute’s focus is on camera techniques, lighting methods, and the use of computer software (Adobe Photoshop) for enhancing and refining images and for printing digital files. Students learn how to see and compose images through the camera’s eye and are encouraged to develop personal concepts by solving fundamental visual problems specific to the photographic image. Explore black-and-white photographic tools and techniques, including the operation of the single lens reflex (SLR) camera, how to determine proper exposures, and the chemical process for developing 35mm negatives and prints. Develop skills in presentation methods and archiving. Both the experienced and the inexperienced photographer are welcome. Program instructors will help students build a portfolio and offer constructive critiques.

This program is held in the college’s Visual Arts Building—160,000 square feet of art-making opportunity. This building is one of the largest facilities of its kind in the Northeast, providing students with superb studio environments, as well as state-of-the-art software and hardware specifically geared to the demands of professional design and art making.

To broaden exposure to the arts, the Photography Institute can be combined with 3-D Video Game and Makers Lab Creations (new!), Architecture Intensive, Neu Curators (new!), or the Songwriting Workshop to make for a well-rounded summer experience.

July 11–August 5
Monday–Friday, 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
$2,300 for the first registration
$2,070 for the second registration in the family, Purchase College employees and alumni, and early registrations (received by May 6, 2016)

About the Instructors

Jessica Arditi (lead instructor), a working photographer, owns a business that helps people capture important moments in their lives. Jessica earned her BFA in visual arts with a concentration in photography at Purchase College. She has held related positions in the field, including helping to establish a growing photography department in two high-end gem/jewelry labs in Manhattan. She is excited to return to Purchase again this year as an instructor and work with students to develop their photographic eye and love for photography.

Dustina Sherbine (instructor) earned her BA with a concentration in photography from Hunter College in 2007. After working as a freelance commercial photo assistant and pursuing documentary photography projects is the U.S. and abroad, she continued her studies at the International Center of Photography in 2012. She earned her MFA in May of 2016 from Purchase College, and is thrilled to be working with young photographers at Purchase this summer.

Updated May 27, 2016

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Summer Precollege Programs:

How to Register
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Program Descriptions:

Acting Intensive
Architecture Intensive
Code Breakers & App Designers
Creative Vocal Lab
Creative Writing Institute
Filmmaking Institute
Minecraft™ Animators &

Modern Journalism
Neu Curators
Photography Institute
Project Fashion Designer
Shakespeare Workshop
Songwriting Workshop
STEM Scholars
Summer Percussion Seminar
3-D Video Game &
Makers Lab Creations

Visual Arts Institute
Vocal Intensive

Program Options:

Early Drop-Off Option
Extended-Day Option

Summer Youth Programs
(grades 4–8)

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