Art 231, also known as Darkroom Photography is taught by Kyle Petersen. The class is only offered during fall semesters, so plan ahead to fit it into your schedule. The class consists of lecture, shooting photographs in the field, and developing film and images in the darkroom. In this modern age of digital everything, darkroom photography almost seems like a thing of the past. We here at Black Hawk College are fortunate to still have a functioning darkroom. Mr. Petersen teaches the students all they need to know about how to produce black and white prints of images they have captured. Students learn everything from basic parts of a 35 mm SLR camera, to how to shoot and develop black and white film. This class is open to photography students of all skill levels. Required materials include a 35 mm SLR camera, black and white film and photo paper. During the first week of class Mr. Petersen covers many options for sourcing materials needed for the semester. The bookstore also stocks the film and paper needed for the class. Mr. Petersen stresses the importance of patience and safety when working in the darkroom. He also emphasizes the rewards of the tactile experience, such as watching a print develop and come to life before your eyes. The class starts off with camera and darkroom basics. Learning the basics starts with experimentation and trial and error, eventually taking the form of photograms. Photograms are images made on photographic paper by placing images directly on the paper rather than using a film negative. It is easy to make errors in the early stages of this class but is important to utilize your critical thinking to make appropriate changes in your development method to ensure a proper print. Holding a print that you created, from capturing the image to developing the film and paper, is a rewarding experience that I highly recommend everyone try.
Black Hawk College is a community college with campuses located in Moline, IL (Quad Cities) and Kewanee, IL.
Students majoring in art at Black Hawk can pursue an Associate's Degree in Visual Communication, Art or Fine Art, or a certificate in Art Technology.
ArtSpace is Black Hawk College’s art gallery. Located in the hallway of Building 4 of the Quad-Cities Campus, ArtSpace displays exhibits that rotate on a monthly basis.