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Fine Arts Fridays return to WSU Vancouver campus

Fine Arts Fridays are back on campus with a full schedule of exciting workshops and visiting artists.

The sessions are created and run by classroom assistant and fine arts technician, Dale Strouse, with help from Avantika Bawa, assistant professor of fine arts, and Harrison Higgs, associate professor of fine arts. The classes are free for students and the general public. Strouse hopes students and community members will take advantage of the offer.

The program began two years ago in hopes of drawing more students to the WSU Vancouver fine arts program.

“The benefit that students get is learning something in a workshop that is not offered in class,” Strouse said. “You get to learn on a one-on-one basis and you actually get to do [the activity] while [the instructor] is there helping you along.”

Space is limited and registration is required. Go to eventbrite.com and search WSU Vancouver to view all events, or search for the title of a specific workshop.

Participants should expect a “pretty laid back atmosphere,” said Strouse. “They will have plenty of time to work on stuff with their hands instead of just listening to someone talk about doing it.”

The following workshops will be held in VMMC 103 or 107.

Cyanotypes, Alternative Photo/Printmaking
From noon to 3 p.m. on Oct. 19 Dale Strouse will teach participants how to create blue photo prints from digital negatives made from their own photographs. Participants should bring any photograph, digital or traditional print. All other materials are provided, including negatives for paricipants who do not have images.

Damien Gilley Artist Lecture
From 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. and 3 – 4 p.m. Oct. 24, Damion Gilley, a multi-disciplinary artist and educator from Portland, Ore., will talk about his drawings, installations and prints and how they are influenced by architecture, science fiction and technology. View his work at damiengilley.com

Jodie Cavalier Artist Lecture
From 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Nov. 8 artist Jodie Cavalier will discuss how she uses everyday objects and building materials to construct installations that challenge the conventional concepts of dimension. Her work draws attention to commonplace experiences both in the gallery and outside of it. View her work at jodiecavalier.com

Video Workshop
From noon – 3 p.m. Nov. 9 Cavalier will help participants make a short video using video cameras and editing software. The workshop will cover basic shooting techniques, importing video, editing footage, and burning the final project onto a DVD. Participants are encouraged to bring their own video footage to class, but cameras and footage will also be available in the classroom.

The Camera, Traditional Photography Series, Part I
From noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 16 Dale Strouse will teach the basics of photographing with film, including loading and unloading the camera, adjusting manual exposure using aperture, shutter speed, depth of field and bracketing. Participants may bring and use their own 35 mm camera or borrow one from the fine arts program. All materials will be supplied including the first roll of film.

The Negative, Traditional Photography Series, Part II
From noon – 3 p.m. Nov. 30 Dale Strouse will teach how to develop exposed film and will examine the basic chemistry used in film development. Participants should bring their exposed roll of film from Part I.

The Print, Traditional Photography Series, Part III
From noon – 3 p.m. Dec. 7 Strouse will finish the series by showing participants how to make their first contact sheets and prints from the negatives exposed and developed in Parts I and II. Participants should bring the negatives developed
in Part II.

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