8~12 years olds - Essential Elements of Photography Summer School

About the course

Join us on an exciting adventure in photography, using a combination of workshops, demonstrations and in-class exercises.

What will I study?

Learner hours: 25

You will explore and test different techniques and materials in photography.  These include Pinhole Photography, Cyanotype, Photogram, Darkroom processing and composition principle, which will encourage you to explore different creative photographic methods.

Day 1:

You will make a Pinhole Camera and understand how images are formed.  We will go through the concept of Camera Obscura and understand the characteristics of light.  You will develop your pinhole photographs in the darkroom by traditional photographic method.

Day 2:

You will experience the process of Cyanotype and create your own photographic papers.  You will go through the process of contact printing and develop your first photogram by Cyanotype.

Day 3:

You will explore the structure of a large format camera and take a self-portrait by silver gelatin photographic paper.  You will go through a series of darkroom processing techniques and introduce the functions of different chemicals in darkroom processing.

Day 4:

You will experience the process of solarization in the gelatin silver printing process.  In this workshop, we will explore and discuss the relationship between time and photography.

Day 5:

You will explore the process and characteristics of Liquid Light Photographic Emulsion and develop your image in a daily object.  You will go through a series of alternative photographic techniques as well as discuss the relationship between photography and personal objects. This will all be done in a fun, supportive and collaborative environment.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, you will typically have knowledge and understanding of:

  • Creative photographic methods.
  • Camera Obscura and basic camera structure.
  • Process of traditional photographic duplication.
  • Basic darkroom processing technique.
  • Alternative photography

Where will I study?

Mode of delivery: Face to face

Our address is The School of Creative Arts, College Lane Campus, Hatfield, Herts AL10 9AB.

For Maps and Directions please visit our helpful  ‘Where to Find Us’  page. Further details are sent by email when you have booked.

Important information


Signing in is from 9.20am and 9.25am each day in the Art Gallery and the summer workshops will start at 9.30. We finish at 15.30pm. You will need to be picked up promptly at 15.30pm, again from the Art Gallery. Parents and carers, if you have any problems and think that you may be late, please let us know by calling 01707 285327.

Drop Off/Collection

The drop-off point is the Art Gallery, and you can find this through our wayfinding app here. We suggest you park in one of the bays around the nearby Lindop Building for drop-off. You can drop off anytime between 9.20am and 9.25am. Collection is promptly at 15.30. nb, there is free parking for 2 hours on campus.

The Programme

We have an exciting programme of activities planned. You will find out more about art and design courses and you will be meet practising artists or designers.  Each group will have an assistant art tutor with them for the whole time you are here, and you will meet them on your first morning.  They can help you with any concerns you have while you are here.


Parents/Guardians: When registering, please enrol with your own details. There is a field on the enrolment paperwork where you can enter your son or daughter's name and age.

Emergency Contact

We need contact numbers so we can contact parents/carers at any time.  These details need to be confirmed on the form attached to the email. Should you need to contact us please phone the Short Course Office on 01707 285327. It is very important that we know in advance if you cannot for any reason be collected on time at the end of the day.


Wear suitable and comfortable clothes as you may get messy and dirty (that is what art is all about!).  An overall, apron or large shirt would be ideal.

Food & Drink

You will need to bring your own packed lunch. Water will be available during breaks and lunchtime.


All materials needed for all the summer schools will be provided by the University.


If you need to bring any medication with you, please make sure it is clearly labelled with your child’s name and any instructions. These can be administered by us provided the medical permission form enclosed has been signed by a parent or carer and handed in on arrival on your first day.

Booking deadlines

Bookings for all Creative Arts Short Courses will be reviewed two weeks before the start date of each course. This will allow the Short Course team to determine whether a course has met the minimum number of students needed for the class to run. If a class has failed to recruit, the class will be re-scheduled and you will be informed. Where relevant you will be offered an alternative class. If the course has met minimum numbers, bookings will stay open to the course start date or until it has met maximum numbers.

We encourage you to book early before the deadline to avoid disappointment.

Bookings for all short courses need to be made online through our online booking system, before a course commences. You cannot enroll or attend a class on the day the course starts.


If for any reason you change your mind about joining us after you have accepted the offer, you have a legal right to cancel your contract to study with us within 14 days. This cancellation period therefore ends at the end of 14 days after the day on which you accepted our offer. Find further details of our cancellation terms here.

How to apply?

Start DateEnd DateDayTimeCostLink
14/08/202318/08/2023Mon to Fri09.30 - 15.30£200.00Apply online

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Contact us

If you wish to discuss this or any other creative art short course please contact the Short Course team on 01707 285327 or complete our short course enquiry form.

Nick Thomas, Short Course Coordinator,
School of Creative Arts