Graphic Communications - Course #0456 - AKA Photo I

    So what is this class, really, and should you take it? Well, it's lots of things and yes, you should.


Class Overview:

Here is a video recently developed by two 3rd year Photo Students:

  • Google Docs: Basic Text and Desktop Publishing,
  • Adobe Photoshop: Basic Image Editing plus Layer Control, Desktop Publishing and Graphics
  • Presentation Creation: At the end of the year, students will put everything together in a presentation, with audio, to be presented to the students peers via Prezi.
  • In addition to the photography portion of our curriculum, most of the computer assignments will incorporate pictures as well, such as a newsletter, brochure, business cards, presentations, posters, etc.



  • Film Photography: Using classic Pentax K1000 SLRs, students learn exposure control and basic camera operation.
  • Darkroom print making: From the pictures taken with film cameras, students will be using silver based paper and photo chemicals in an authentic and fully operational Darkroom.
  • Digital Photography: Shooting with digital cameras (such as thePentax K100d) and then culling of images on the computer with editing.
  • Digital Video Production (Comm II+): Check out the gallery: Student Videos
  • Slide Show Story (Comm II+): Create a Picture Slide Show with music.



  • On-line gallery reviews. Learn, critique and share with other photographers from around the world.
  • On-line gallery posting and editing of portfolios. Check out the student gallery at: Student Photos


Class Expectations:

What do others think about the class:

Comments from former students and others - There is a long history of students who consider this class to have been one of the best classes they took their entire time at West Brook. Check it out for yourself!


Still undecided?

To me, its simple. You are going to be in school one way or another, you might as well get something for your time. As the instructor of the class, I work hard to make sure the class provides as much value while making the class as much fun as possible. We do work every day, and hey, it's it was easy, it would be cheesy. The bottom line is that it will be worth it! When you finish the class, you will probably agree that you learned more in this class than any other class at West Brook (according to many students in the past).


Historical Interest:

As a leader of technology in the community, I have always pushed the class to cutting edge, state of the art technology. As such, we were one of the VERY first classes in the all of BISD to be on the Internet, when most people were still discovering what the internet. Want to see the class' first webpage created in February 1996...last updated on October 1997: Communication Graphics in the 1990s. If you are a former will want to look here for some of your pictures.


Brochure for Class (older)


Why take a class like this even if you are NOT interested in Photography?

Regarding photography education being cut in some schools, there are some interesting comments in a new book by Don Tapscott, entitled "Grown up digital, How the Net Generation is Changing Your World (McGraw Hill 2009). Available at Amazon
In a subheading entitled Should we be training students only for the twenty-first-century high-tech business world? Or is liberal arts still important?", we read:



"At the turn of the century, some of the members of the government of Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, complained publicly about the value of a liberal arts education. They clearly thought a BA was a waste of time; government money should flow instead to practical courses preparing kids for a career in business.


I felt strongly that this attitude was wrong. A liberal arts education is a great way to train the mind to master precisely the kinds of skills you need to navigate in the digital world.  So I hatched a counter-attack with one of Canada’s most famous radio hosts, the late Peter Gzowski, then the Chancellor of Trent University, a liberal arts college.  We asked Canada’s most senior high-tech CEOs to endorse a public call for proper funding of liberal arts and science courses in Canadian Universities. Of the 35 executives who received my email, 31 signed the statement within 48 hours.


Many of the CEOs who supported the public statement had a liberal arts and science undergraduate education themselves.  Some said their companies don’t need people with just technical skills. They needed people who could think, synthesize ideas, communicate, place things in context, and understand the relationships among ideas.


For college students, some of what they learn in their freshman year may already be obsolete by the time they graduate. That’s why liberal arts coupled with science training is so important: you learn how to learn, how to make sense of things that change. It certainly helped me. Whatever success I have had in the high-technology world is attributable to my liberal arts experience".


Instructor Info:

As an avid photographer myself since 1986, and computer operator since the late '70s, I not only enjoy teaching the class,  believe strongly in the value of the graphic arts.  Instructor Contact Info        Bio Info

Please email me if you have any questions. -