Black & White Polaroid Transfers and Composing-on-the-Square

November 30 - December 11, 2020

Black & White Polaroid Transfers and Composing-on-the-Square


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $300.00

Monday, November 30th ~ 2:00-5:00pm EST
Friday, December 4th, ~ 2:00-5:00pm EST
Monday, December 7th ~ 2:00-5:00pm EST
Friday, December 11th ~ 2:00-5:00pm EST

Black & White Polaroid Film? Yes, you heard right! This 4-session workshop will expose you to two unique instructors, each helping you explore the 3” x 3” black & white Polaroid Square. Starting with what’s-in-the-frame, composition guide Rick Wright will showcase the visual power of the square format alongside the abstract punch of the medium’s tones. After two sessions with Rick, you’ll ditch the composition lessons as imperfection-devotee Alex Orgera takes the helm. She’ll illustrate techniques for transferring those monochrome emulsions to paper (and other surfaces). Via demonstrations, practice, and critiques, you will fuse the two disciplines of Order (design & composition) and Disorder (quirks of the transfer process) to craft singular photographic prints.

This class will be conducted live on Zoom. Participants will receive an email from Peters Valley at least 48 hours prior that includes a link and a password. Only registered participants will be admitted.

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1. Remember that any audio/video communication may involve two-way camera and audio usage. This means that the instructor will need to see participants’ work and speak with them about it and may also be able to see and hear what is occurring in their home.
2. Do not make audio or video recordings of lessons. Without the permission of the instructor, Peters Valley School of Craft and other lesson participants, this may be illegal.
3. Do not provide access to the lesson to anyone other than the registered participant.
4. Maintain the confidentiality of other students if you are participating in a group lesson. All individuals participating may be able to see and hear what is occurring in your home.

Level: Beginner and Beyond
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Ages: Adult


Registration for this workshop has been closed.


Rick Wright

Rick Wright is an architectural and fine art photographer with his studio in Philadelphia, PA. He practices and teaches photography as a malleable medium. Though initially trained as a painter at Princeton and Columbia Universities (BA and MFA), he later studied at ICP in NY with John Loengard, Susan Meiselas, Danny Lyon, and Nan Goldin. His photographic life is a blend of personal work (silver-based photography), commercial work (architecture), and dedicated instruction (visualization & darkroom art). In 2019, Rick’s fine art work received critical acclaim and attention. He was published in Lenswork magazine, Float magazine, and BETA Magazine. He just took down his first solo museum show at the Griffin Museum in Boston, MA. Rick is collected in several permanent collections locally and nationally. Wright has kept a studio in Philadelphia for the past 13 years and teaches photography at various venues including: Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia Photo Arts, and The Halide Project.

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Alex Orgera

Alexandra Orgera is a photographer living and working in Philadelphia. After receiving her B.A. in Science and Humanities from Carnegie Mellon University, she pursued the study of photography through coursework at Universität der Künste, University of the Arts, and Project Basho, and in 2015, she co-founded The Halide Project, an organization dedicated to encouraging the practice of traditional and alternative process photography. Her work makes use of hand-made cameras and other experimental photographic techniques to explore the world in which we live.

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