Beyond the Picture Plane – P0407-18

Date: Jun 25 - 29, 2018

Skill Level(s): II to III i

Instructor(s): Leah Dyjak

Tuition: $1,155
Studio Fee: $100
Registration Fee: $45


Think outside the frame in this evocative workshop that encourages students to discover ways the photographic image can extend beyond the traditional picture frame. We employ the use of collage using the scanner, camera and physical surface manipulation of a photograph. Through this process, we explore the edges of our perception with a focus on time, surface, line and play. Conceptually, we explore the line between fiction and reality and infuse new meaning into previously two- dimensional images by deconstructing and reconstructing them into a new physical framework.

Media & Techniques:

Students use alternative printing methods with image sequencing, layering and image compositing using Adobe Photoshop. Images can be found, taken or constructed to work with a particular idea and focus. From these images, we deconstruct the familiar photographic frame by using digital and physical collage. We insert our new photographic collages into a predetermined site and re-photograph the work in a different context.


Each day we cover a combination of digital tools for collage and layering using Photoshop. We discuss methods for for scanning, direct surface manipulation and site installation. Group demonstrations and instruction are balanced with ample studio time as well as group and individual discussions.


Leah Dyjak is an interdisciplinary, lens-based artist. She received her M.F.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. Her site-specific work combines performance, film and photography, and her images often push the edges of the photographic frame. Leah is an assistant professor of photography and video at Winthrop University.


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