Please contact us if you are interested in this class.
Class size: 4 - 6 

Designed for Adults (18+)


Instructor: Barbara Bernard

Social media is ever present in our lives. Images make our posts dynamic and interesting. Learning to see as an artist can help you create images that stand out. In this course, beginning photographers learn the fundamentals of successful photography and how to maximize the many capabilities of today’s cameras. The class will cover:

  • basic rules of composition, (line, texture, shadow, and reflection)

  • staging compelling still life shots

  • DSLR camera features, including aperture & shutter priority, metered manual/creative modes, lens selection and mounting.

  • phone camera photography

  • students will need to bring their own DSLR camera and camera phone to the workshop

Participants will take photographs, apply their new skills, and receive constructive criticism.

Barbara Bernard holds BFA degrees in Photography/Film/Electronic Media, and in Art Education. As a high school teacher and arts instructor, she has built strong programs in photography and has received professional recognition every year since becoming a teacher. In 2002, she was awarded the Illinois Art Education Association’s Secondary Art Teacher of the Year award, the highest honor in the state for Art Education. Her work has been widely exhibited throughout Illinois and was recognized in 2001 and 2005 for through the Illinois Art Education Association’s Electronic Gallery. Relocating to Seattle has allowed her to concentrate on her art and become a mentor to others.

In my work, I search for something unique in the mundane, seeking out subjects that are naturally balanced, yet consistently overlooked. Simple things may influence me to compose a photograph: a wire that is misplaced along a deteriorated wall or a misshapen piece of metal in an unintended environment. Such interesting contrasts in texture and color often happen by chance. I am inspired by nature and people; their complexity and variety of shapes and forms never fail to amaze me. Foreign travel is also a source of inspiration and compels me to explore other cultures and environments. As an artist educator, I am inspired by passionate, productive, enthusiastic, and inquisitive people: my students.