Over the past thirty-five years, Robert Campagna has taught 450+ photography workshops introducing more than 11,000 students to his love of photography. Robert exhibits locally and is affiliated with Art Works Loveland, an artists’ collective. In 2013, Robert authored the children’s book Grandpa and the Sky. Other books he authored include Northeast Iowa (2015), In Great Spirit (2016) and Renascence (2017)
Robert considers it a distinct joy to introduce students to the magic of seeing an image unfold in the darkroom and being present during their moment of creation. In addition to his work as a fine art photographer, he designs and publishes books, calendars, posters, postcards, and note cards of his work. Using both digital and black and white film cameras, the Hasselblad being his camera of choice, his photographic images offer an opportunity to see the unseen, embellished by careful listening to the language of all things. Photography brings forth form, texture, shadow, reflection, and feeling.
Photography workshops integrate aspects of Language Arts, Social Studies, Art, History, Mathematics, Chemistry, and Physics. I view the camera as a tool for learning (this is modeled after the American Studies approach at the Universities of Iowa and Massachusetts).
Robert is convinced that the process of bringing an image, word and concept into interpretive balance makes the creative life one worth living, one to savor, and one to give full energy. Photography is the dance of his mind’s eye.
Robert Campagna is available for full or part-time residencies.
Individual workshop and performance prices are determined by each artist. Please contact us for performance and workshop pricing for a particular artist. Visit our Pricing page for other pricing information.
The Dance of the Eye: Discovering Visual Elements in Photography
Workshop for grades 5th through 12th
Students experience a presentation and discussion about visual qualities that comprise excellent photography. Students will be given a framework to become excellent in photography as well as a challenge on what to do with their images.
Each student will write his/her own brief textbook that illustrates photography concepts, terms and goals. It provides the framework for students to pursue excellence with an understanding of how a camera functions and how each creative mind can create accomplished images. This is an informational presentation which is reliant on a dialogue between students and guest artist.
In the Footsteps of Ansel Adams: The Journey to Excellence in Black and White Photography
Workshop for grades 9th through 12th
Students experience a presentation and discussion about materials and processes towards fine art printmaking and seeing in black and white. Information presented stems from my 37 years as a black and white film photographer. In my five stints volunteering in Yosemite National Park I gained access to Ansel Adams archives in his family studio in Yosemite Valley. In the course of my life I have also photographed several of Adams’ major pathways such as Yosemite, New Mexico, the California coastal highway, the Owens Valley and some national parks.
This workshop is designed for high school students who are involved in traditional darkroom practices. It will provide useful and creative tips on process, perception, and result. This is designed to offer students a chance to dialogue with a professional photographer, to see examples of what’s possible, and to present their own work for critique. This is an informational presentation which is reliant on a dialogue between students and guest artist.
Poetry of Word and Eye: Photography and Writing
Workshop or Residency for grades 6th through 12th
Students experience a combination of photography and writing, with potential for design and publishing.
Students will choose a location or series of locations in which to spend time to observe and write from three differing empathetic points of view. Students will also photograph the location in which they write. In the process students will have time to combine word and image to make a three page presentation. When added together, a book could be designed, published, and then exhibited.
In the process students learn visualization techniques, techniques of observation and empathy, “hot pencil writing,” how to connect word and image, and how to create a product worth exhibiting or publishing. Subject matter and location for photography are subject to negotiation to fit within school resources and student vision. Courses culminate in a publication, and could also result in an exhibit of student work.
Workshop or Residency for grades 5th through 12th
Students experience a combination of photography, writing, design and publishing, plus serving a public interest.
Students will choose an individual or collective topic, photograph and gather information about that topic, and combine image and word into a book page. When added together, a book will be designed, published, and then provided as the “windows to a community” for people who otherwise can’t have access to their own community (such as residents in a care center).
In the process students learn visualization techniques, interview techniques, how to value publishing, and how to create a published product. Subject matter and location for photography are subject to negotiation to fit within school resources and student vision. Courses culminate in a publication, and could also result in an exhibit of student work.
The Magic of Black and White Film and Printmaking
Workshop or Residency for grades 5th through 12th
Students experience the time-honored process of photographing with film and printmaking in a darkroom. This 200 year old process lets students experience the physical creation of a photograph in a darkroom. In the process students learn visualization techniques, archival properties, how to value a photograph and materials, and how to create a display. Subject matter and location for photography are subject to negotiation to fit within school resources and student vision. Courses culminate in an exhibit of student work. Materials also are created should any type of publication be desired.