Join us and work together in this new course fo explore the issues, problems, pleasures and concerns that art and media educators share. This is a week for working artists/educators who teach high school and college and for recent graduates about to embark on a teaching career.

This workshop is a flexible week of presentations, discussions and exercises focusing on the art of critique and fine-tuning those skills.  

Topics to be discussed are:

  • Engaging assignments
  • Teaching philosophies and methods
  • Course content and structure
  • Program development and evolution
  • Student assessment  
  • Processes and materials
  • Resources/blogs/databases
  • Online courses
  • Role of New Media in today’s courses
  • Roles your own art practices play

The week's curriculum is designed following a first meeting with the class as we discuss what is most important to the individuals in the course. Information on software, printers, multi-media technology, darkroom systems, resources and teaching aids, coping strategies, a good deal of hands-on image-making, and a reminder of why you began a career in the arts and education are also covered.

There are shooting opportunities, a working field trip, and detailed discussions of the growing role of moving image and mobile devices in photographic education and how to successfully run a program that incorporates both traditional and digital. Bring personal work for critique exercises and samples of students' work (in print or slide form) to share.




Steve Bliss

Steve Bliss is an artist, educator, and arts administrator whose photographs, digital collages and various works on paper are among the holdings of a variety of museums and private collections throughout the country and overseas. Receiving a B.A. in Studio Art from the University of New Hampshire in 1977 and an M.F.A. in Photography from Ohio University in 1982, Steve was, that same year, appointed to a resident faculty position at the Maine Photographic Workshops and subsequently taught at several different institutions including the Kansas City Art Institute, Hartwick College, Western Connecticut State University and S.U.N.Y., Purchase.

In 1992 Steve accepted a position as professor of photography at the Savannah College of Art and Design, in 2001 he became chair of the department. He was appointed Dean of Communication Arts at SCAD in 2005, and was subsequently named Dean of Fine Arts in 2008. Steve served two terms as a board member of the Society for Photographic Education from 2000 through 2008 and continues to be involved with SPE. The evolution of his personal work has been driven by a binary love of creating evocative imagery and investigating multiple techniques in depth. He has received a number of grants and awards including those from the Georgia Arts Council, Polaroid Corporation, the Southern Arts Federation and NEA, Steve has further influenced the medium as a juror and advisor for photographic arts entities as diverse as PDN and ASMP.

Course Dates

Jul 2 to Jul 8




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