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TILT Institute for the Contemporary Image

Education

 
TILT is proud to offer re-designed educational courses and workshops for artists to grow their practice within a community of like minded individuals — all while remaining accessible and equitable. Each of the courses include three different prices: discount, standard, and sustainer. To remain equitable, the tiers allow our students to self-identify the price point that fits their budget. The scale is intended to invite each member of our community to take stock of their financial resources and levels of privilege and move through the tiers accordingly.
 TILT Institute has partnered with The Photographer’s Green Book (PGB) to expand its education curriculum based on the principles of inclusion, diversity, equity, and advocacy (I.D.E.A.). The first phase of this expansion included redefining TILT’s core curriculum. As an organization, TILT seeks to continuously evolve and support its artistic community!
 

Click here to read more about the tiers and find the best fit for you. 

Course List

Photo I Beginning Practice

Photo II Intermediate Practice: Ideation + Intention

Photo III Ideation + Intention

Photo IV Advanced Practice: Where Are You Now?

Photo V Historical Topics in Photography: Black Women Photographers & Second Wave Feminism

Special Topics: Accessing Photography

Special Topics: Considering the Diaspora In Long Term Documentary Projects

Lighting

Special Topics: Teach Me to Leave Dreams Alone

Individual Tutorials

Portfolio Reviews

Certificate Program

Photo I Beginning Practice

Instructor Tennille Mack

Location: Online

Course Description:

In Photo I: Beginning Practice we will explore the historical basis of the Black Body in images from the eighteenth century to the present while learning about the foundations of photography. It begins with an introduction to the history of photography alongside visual iconographies. Next, it considers how racializations and commodification impact how we see, and process, social constructs through the usage of images. Photography, print culture, film and painting are used as focus points for these discussions. Integrating popular culture –mainstream photographs, films, music videos and social media– is also welcome to broaden the implications of our work. The course is organized historically and thematically so that students can learn how race, sex and individual expression are perceived over time.

Date and Time:

8-Week Course, 2 hours/week

Tuesdays 3:30-5:30pm EST

Start Date: Tuesday, September 13th

Photo II Intermediate Practice: Ideation + Intention

Location: Online

Instructor Alayna Pernell

Course Description:

In Photo II: Intermediate Practice students with a foundational understanding of digital photography basics will continue to expand their knowledge through this course. They will strengthen their ability to utilize digital editing software and practice editing tools and techniques, including masking and retouching. With an emphasis on issues within contemporary photography and image-based media, students will be introduced to the visual language of photography and intention building behind making an image. This groundwork will help students as they learn how to develop a photographic series as a way of storytelling which will also include a brief introduction to artist statement writing.

Date and Time:

6-Week Course, 2 hours/week

Saturdays, 1-3pm EST

Start Date: Saturday, October 8th

Photo III Ideation + Intention

Location: Online

Instructor Cheryl Mukherji

Course Description:

Photo III: Ideation + Intention is an 8-week workshop-style course, students will bring a project idea still in its early stages of development to the first day. They will learn and work through critical techniques to engage in a visual project’s development. Students will consider their project’s concept, visual language, and their relationship by engaging in visual research and multimedia sketching assignments. Three central readings will be used as a guide to thinking about ideation, intention, and how they culminate into a project that is engaging and ethical.

Date and Time:

8-Week Course, 2 hours/week

Wednesdays 5-7pm EST

Start Date: Wednesday October 19th

Photo IV Advanced Practice: Where Are You Now?

Location: Online

Instructor Sonnie Wooden

Course Description:

Where are you now focuses on where the artist/photographer is at this current time. Not only geographically, but where they are in relation to class, race, gender, sexuality, and ability. Knowing ourselves and questioning ourselves gives us the ability to know where we come from, to know where we may go.

Date and Time:

6-Week Course, 2 hours/week

Monday, 6-8pm EST

Start Date: Monday, September 12th

Photo V Historical Topics in Photography: Black Women Photographers & Second Wave Feminism

Location: Online

Instructor Alayna Pernell

Course Description:

Since the beginning of photography’s inception, it has been a white-male-dominated field with white women being close behind, which was exacerbated when the second wave of feminism came about. As with most conversations surrounding photography and its contributors, Black women were hardly acknowledged for their contributions during the second wave of feminism. Though this course is dedicated to examining the art of Black women photographers and their contributions to the second-wave feminist movement. We will also read and learn more about the history of Black feminism and Black feminist critique.

Date and Time:

6-Week Course, 2 hours/week

Thursdays, 6-8pm EST

Start Date: Thursday, October 20th

Special Topics: Accessing Photography

A round brown hydrangea leaf on a black background. Printed in the light umber chlorophyll is a self-portrait where half of Megan's face is lit by the sun and her head and eyes are tilted upward.

Location: Online

Instructor Megan Bent

Course Description:

‘Accessing Photography’, is a six-week online course that will explore Disability as an aesthetic, culture, and identity through photography. We will examine the ways that Disability has been historically othered through the photographic medium ( examples include the work of Francis Galton, Eadweard Muybridge, Charles Eisenmann, etc.) and examine the work of Disabled photographers/artists who reclaim identity and pride through the lens (including Laura Aguilar, Kia LaBeija, Mari Katayama, Felix Gonzalez Torres, and more).

Each session will include a presentation, discussion, time for journaling/reflection, and an optional weekly activity to work on at home (if personal time and capacity allow).

This course will also offer a way to experience how accessibility is a pivotal part of equity, inclusion, safety, leadership, and creativity. This workshop will occur online and will be created to be accessible (with automated closed captioning, access doulas, a participation guide, and visual/verbal description). This will help familiarize participants with online accessibility and help participants bring these accessibility features into their own online spaces.

For additional accessibility requests please email the instructor Megan Bent at BentMeganM@gmail.com at least two weeks before the beginning of the course.

Date and Time:

6 Week Course

Wednesdays, 3-5pm

Start Date: Wednesday, September 14th

Special Topics: Considering the Diaspora In Long Term Documentary Projects

Location: Online

Instructor Sasha Phyars-Burgess

Course Description:

A 4 week critique based course focused on projects that are concerned with addressing ideas of “diaspora”. The term Diaspora, defined as a dispersal of people from their homeland, can encompass the forced or otherwise, moving, departure, and immigration from one country to another. By looking at long term photographic projects, we aim to find the similarities and differences in diaspora stories, as well as the photographic and artistic strategies that aid, work, or fail in creating and finishing these projects.

Date and Time:

6-Week Course, 2 hours/week

Mondays, 6-8pm EST

Start Date: Monday, October 17th

Lighting

Students hold a light and reflector. A photographer holds their camera up to make the picture.
Studio Lighting Workshop

Location: TILT Institute 1400 N. American Street

Instructor Steph Foster

Want to learn how to use lighting or strengthen your technique? This is the class for you!

Date and Time:

6-Week Course, 2 hours/week

Tuesday, 6:30-8:30pm EST

Start Date: Tuesday, October 4th

Special Topics: Teach Me to Leave Dreams Alone

Location: Online

Instructor Shala Miller

“Teach Me to Leave Dreams Alone”. This course, titled after the last line from Audre Lorde’s poem, “Change”, will utilize Lorde’s principles on writing in addition to filmmaker, playwright and writer Kathleen Collins’ approach to storytelling and character building. In this class, we will use free association writing, dream journaling and field recording to tap into the unconscious as a way to better understand what sort of things call us to make the images we do. Dreams are there for a reason, ideas are there for a reason- to communicate. This course is a practice in deep listening to our dreams and ideas, all to help better understand not only our work, our relationship to image making and the history of photography but most importantly, ourselves.

Date and Time:

6-Week Course, 2 hours/week

Mondays, 4-6pm EST

Start Date: Monday, October 3rd

Interested in taking one of our classes, but can’t make the scheduled time? Need help building your professional portfolio? We can help!

TILT’s Certificate Program

Our Contemporary Practices Photography Certificate is a comprehensive program that provides students with a holistic understanding of photographic art practice. Students become adept in lighting, post-production, printing, presentation strategies, history, and criticism. There are options to focus on specific areas including documentary, portraiture, fashion, and much more. With close mentorship from working professionals and support from the TILT faculty, students achieve an opportunity to experiment and challenge themselves through photography.