Photography Courses

From digital basics to crafty photo projects, MOPA’s four-week courses offer the opportunity to discover photography at any age.

In partnership with organizations throughout San Diego County, our four-week photography courses offer the opportunity to dive into the photographic arts in a welcoming environment.

Winter & Spring 2019

February
Pairing Photo with Poetry and Prose
Thursdays in February from 10AM to 12PM (February 7, 14, 21 and 28)
We’ve all heard the expression that a picture is worth a thousand words. Usually, we strive to take one photo that says it all. However, a little bit of text goes a long way to help us better understand, or even completely change, the way we view or feel about the photograph itself. In this four-week course, we’ll dive into the museum’s collection and library to explore photo techniques and the pairing of words with our photographs, from simple narrative descriptions to short prose and poetry. (Please note: No formal writing experience necessary).
In partnership with OASIS San Diego, hosted at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park.
For more information or to register, please visit the website of OASIS San Diego.

March
Introduction to Editing Digital Photos
Tuesdays in March from 1PM to 3PM (March 5, 12, 19, and 26)
Join us in March for a look at creative ways to edit your digital photographs. Whether you take them with a digital camera or a smartphone, we’ll explore tips and techniques, from simple editing to transforming the ordinary to the extraordinary. Each week we’ll take a look at modern photographic artists from MOPA’s collection and discuss how to use editing to better communicate an idea, message or mood through a photograph. Topics will include cropping, filters and effects, black and white versus color, and an overview of different ways to edit your digital photographs.
In partnership with Jewish Family Service of San Diego, hosted at Jewish Family Service of San Diego’s College Avenue Center.
For more information or to register, please contact JFS San Diego at (858) 637-3270 or visit their website here.

April
Exploring Nature through the Lens
Thursdays in April from 10AM to 12PM (April 4, 11, 18 and 25)
From sweeping panoramas to the simple form of a wildflower, there are many ways to photograph nature both big and small. Step into spring and join us for a four-week course as we use the museum’s collection and library to explore techniques to capture the natural world. Topics covered will include macro photography, composition, natural and artificial lighting, and high-speed photography. (Please note: no specialized equipment or prior experience necessary)
In partnership with OASIS San Diego, hosted at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park.
For more information or to register, please the website of OASIS San Diego.

My Life Through the Lens
Fridays in April from 10AM to 12PM (April 5, 12, 19 and 26)
Join us in April for a very special four-week workshop series specifically designed for those with memory loss along with a family member, loved one or carepartner. Each week, participants are invited to explore a theme in photography inspired by images from MOPA’s collection. Throughout the week they apply those concepts to their own photographs and pair short reflections with each to capture participant’s life, memories and experiences.
In partnership with the Shiley-Marcos ADRC, Alzheimer’s Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties, and the Office of Aging and Independent Services of the County of San Diego; hosted at the Alzheimer’s Association.
For more information or to register, please contact the Shiley-Marcos ADRC at (858) 822-4800.

May 2019
Beginner Digital Photography
Wednesdays in May from 9AM to 11AM (May 8, 15, 22, and 29)
Whether you’ve never used a digital camera before, just looking to brush up on some skills or searching for creative inspiration, this is a great course covering the basics of digital photography. Each class consists of a short lesson inspired by photographs from the museum’s permanent collection, followed by an activity to explore the week’s topic.
In partnership with and hosted by the Norman Park Senior Center in Chula Vista. For more information or to register, please visit their website or call (619) 409-1930.

June 2019
Mi Vida a través de la Lente
Otay Mesa Nestor Branch – SDPL
Venga y únase a nosotros para un estimulante taller para la toma de
fotos y creación de álbumes! Este taller de fotografía y producción de álbumes de cuatro sesiones se ofrece a los participantes con enfermedad de Alzheimer en etapa inicial o enfermedad similar y a un familiar o amigo acompañante. Todas las cámaras, materiales de impresión y álbumes terminados son generosamente provistos por MOPA. El programa está
diseñado para acomodar diferentes niveles de experiencia y habilidad y apoyar las necesidades de las personas con pérdida de memoria. Este programa es ofrecido dos veces al año en inglés y en español.
Este taller es una colaboración con el Shiley-Marcos ADRC, Alzheimer’s Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties, y la Office of Aging and Independent Services of the County of San Diego.
Para más información o registrarse, por favor contacte al Shiley-Marcos ADRC a (858) 822-4800.

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