The Windward CC Community Studio and Introduction to Photography Program

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Community Studio: Photo Lab

Community Studio is a non-instructional summer program for photographers with previous darkroom experience only. The studio’s goal is to build Hawai‘i’s creative analog photography community by providing a shared workspace to student and non-professional photographers for developing their images, their craft, and their artistic confidence.  

$110 per 4-week section. No lab fee. (equals less than $3/available hour)

Bring your toolkit and printing supplies: film, paper, etc. (see link below). All basic chemistry and equipment provided.
Participants may drop-in during any or all of the scheduled open lab hours to use the photo lab facilities, no reservation times required, and you can work on whatever you’d like to focus on during these sessions.

Participants must have prior darkroom experience equivalent to WCC’s ART 107 introductory-level darkroom photography course or similar.

Studio Orientation
All program members must participate in an initial Studio Orientation on the first day of their first session to cover general information and policies about space use and equipment. This is not an instructional orientation/program; users must be familiar with general darkroom workflow and capable of working fairly independently in order to sign up.  Our lab managers will be present to assist you accordingly.

Lab Managers: WCC team
Location: Windward CC, Hale Palanakila 118
Cost:  $110 per 4 week section. No lab fee.
Open Lab (dates & times): tbd

YOU MUST BE APPROVED BY THE INSTRUCTOR TO REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE. For approval contact instructor Kelly Ciurej, with your photography experience, and any questions.
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Crash Course with a Camera: Film Photography and Darkroom Developing

This course is for anyone new to the traditional film process. Learn the fundamentals of camera operation, composition, and darkroom developing, and come away with some finished prints! Activities will include learning how to compose a photo, taking photographs using 35mm black & white film, going on a photo walk for shooting images, processing film, and printing your photographs in the darkroom.
No prior photo experience is necessary.

Lab fee covers all the basic course materials needed; additional supplies may be purchased independently.  All chemistry and film processing equipment will be provided.

You will need an Analog SLR 35mm Camera (or medium format film camera). Cameras will be made available for check out from the WCC library upon registration or please bring your own if you have it.

Please contact instructor Kelly Ciurej,, if you have any questions about the course, supplies or equipment.

Instructor: Kelly Ciurej
Location: Windward CC, Hale Palanakila 118
Cost:  $90 ($75 tuition + $15 lab fee)

Section 2: August 1, 2, 8 & 9 (4 mtgs.)
Meets: Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 4:00pm – 7:00pm
The WCC Darkroom is a state-of-the-art analog photography facility located in Kāne‘ohe and one of the few remaining traditional wet labs on O‘ahu.  Our academic program produces highly-skilled photographers that have been shaping the landscape of the camera arts in Hawai‘i for over thirty years.  This summer we are opening our doors to the community and invite you to come check out our program!  We are offering a ‘Community Studio’ program for experienced photographers, and a ‘Crash Course in Film Photography and Darkroom Developing’ for newbies!
The WCC Photography Studio is spacious and well-kept, and our equipment includes: 
  • 18 enlarger work stations with the capacity to make prints up to 16x20”
  • Black and White film developing reels, changing bags, tanks both metal and plastic
  • Large sink for group film processing
  • Kodak d-76 film developer
  • Ilford Paper Developer + Fixer
  • Film drying cabinet
  • 2 Epson V850 Film Scanners

We hope to facilitate a space which allows for a fun and inclusive learning experience. 
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Kelly Ciurej (kel-ē sho͝o-rā) is a visual artist born and raised on Chicago’s Southside.  She holds a BA in Art and Design from St. Xavier University and an MFA from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa.
Kelly teaches both traditional darkroom Photography and computer-based Digital Arts classes at WCC and UH, and she is based Honolulu, Hawai’i.  Through the use of photographs, performance, artificial materials, and digital printing processes, she is interested in the ways in which photographs distort memories and instead create invented realities.
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