Darkroom Rules and Rationale
For your safety and to maximize the time we have in the classroom and the darkroom, there are several rules everyone must follow. They are as follows:
There is absolutely NO eating or drinking in the darkroom or the classroom. You may bring a water bottle and drink water in the classroom only. The chemicals we use can be extremely harmful to you if ingested. Make sure you wash your hands with soap and water after working with all chemicals.
There can be no pushing, shoving, roughhousing or “fooling around” in the darkroom or the classroom . As above, the chemicals can be dangerous and they will stain your clothing (fixer leaves telltale brown stains on almost every fabric). Much of the equipment we use is extremely delicate and expensive (as are your cameras). Be careful when handling all equipment and chemicals.
The radio, both in the darkroom and in the classroom, is a privilege not a right . Playing any unapproved CDs will result in loss of radio use for every class for one week. Playing the radio too loudly will result in the loss of radio use for every class for one week. Do not break this rule or you will cause everyone to lose out on the use of the radio.
Attendance is mandatory. Tardiness will not be tolerated. This policy is consistent with the school-wide policies. Due to the high level of technical information and training necessary to create consistently effective photographs, you must attend class and keep up on all reading, in-class assignments and homework. Chronic tardiness will not be permitted. Every tardy is 1/3 rd of a cut; and effects your grade according to school policy. If you are late to class, you must provide a note or come after school for a cleaning or a study classroom detention. If you do not come after school, you will be written up for an administrative detention (2 hours on Wednesday or Friday).
There are no extensions on project due dates. Do not wait until the last minute to ask for help (e.g., if you do not understand the assignment or if your camera malfunctions). It is YOUR responsibility to have a WORKING CAMERA in this class – if yours is not functioning properly; it is up to YOU to acquire a working camera to use to complete the assignment . There are no exceptions and no excuses.
Any student wishing to borrow a school camera must first have a contract signed by both the student and a parent on file with the Art Department . All school cameras are signed out for one day only (exception – sign out Friday, return on Monday) whether your class meets on the next day or not . There is a waitlist for cameras – you should sign up on this list as soon as you know you will need a camera. When you sign out a camera, you assume responsibility for an expensive piece of school property. We check every camera before we allow anyone to sign it out. The cameras will be signed out in good working condition, with a filter and a lens cap. Each camera is worth over $200.00. If you break or damage a camera you have signed out, you are responsible for the repair and/or replacement of that camera. The cost of repair or replacement will be YOUR RESPONSIBILITY and any failure to act responsibly with equipment you have signed out will lead to an OBLIGATION file being created for the resulting costs (see the Student Handbook for more information on Student Obligations) . If you return a camera late, you lose all borrowing privileges for the remainder of the grading quarter.
You must shoot a new roll of film for every project. Do not attempt to hand in work already submitted for an earlier assignment. Similarly, do not ever hand in anyone else's work as your own. Plagiarism is a serious offense and will not be treated lightly.
You must shoot a new roll of film for every assignment unless the assignment specifically states you do not need to shoot film. Due to the recent increase in the cost of photographic materials, you will receive ONE (1) roll of film per assignment – if you lose or damage/destroy your roll, you must purchase your own film for that assignment.
You will be using photography to explore the world around you (and your own personal interests) as one of the goals of this class. To that end, while you may shoot some projects in school, plan on shooting almost every assignment OFF CAMPUS unless you have specific approval to shoot in or around school.
There will be shooting assignments, printing assignments, frequent writing assignments, weekly class critiques, journal/sketching assignments, and a large art history project each semester. All assignments, large and small, are important to complete as they all contribute to your grade. If an assignment is not completed, you will get a 0. When averaged in, a single zero can greatly affect the rest of your grades.
Anyone caught taking film, paper, chemicals or other supplies from the darkroom; classroom or storage areas without permission will be severely punished and will lose access to the darkroom/developing area. Photographic materials have become increasingly expensive over the past two years. The photography program has a very limited budget and anyone who wastes, destroys or otherwise misuses photographic materials (including film, paper, chemicals, equipment and other supplies) will be subject to punishment and fees to replace or repair the damaged/lost materials.
THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT RULE - Your assignments require some degree of self-motivation . You cannot develop film that you have not shot, nor can you print film that you have not developed. Do not wait until the last minute to complete your assignment – you may be able to do all of the work in two days, but the quality of your work will suffer, and the chance to correct any mistakes (e.g., the film did not advance through the camera, the technique you were trying to utilize was not successful) will be greatly reduced. YOUR DAILY EFFORT HEAVILY AFFECTS YOUR GRADE. MAKE SURE YOU ARE DOING ALL YOU CAN TO COMPLETE EVERY ASSIGNMENT TO THE VERY BEST OF YOUR ABILITY. Your work is your responsibility, and your grade will reflect how responsibly you behave.
Adapted from A. R.