Adult (age 16+), In Person, Mansa K. Mussa, Classes, Yard School of Art, Digital Photography

Abstract Photography with Your iPad

This class focuses on creating photographic images using the Apple iPad as the camera. Students will utilize the Photo Booth icon found on the iPad’s home page to generate a series of photogenic images. These images will then be edited with “apps” (photo/graphic arts applications). The objective is to utilize the iPad to create abstract photography. 

We will design the artwork with 3-D objects, glass, plastic, fabric, leather, paint, flat art pieces, and light tables. One session will concentrate on designing interesting portrait set-ups. The final class will focus on a field trip to the Montclair Museum of Art, where we will photograph the museum’s exterior architecture, art, and flora. 

Participants will experiment with light and composition, exposure and digital layering, and add text and graphics to their compositions. The final product can be printed on paper, fabric, and metal. 

An iPad, lighting cord, and charging plug are required for the class. Participants will need to purchase at least two photo apps from the online Apple App Store (approximately $10.00). 

This class will take place in Studio A at MAM. In the event that the museum must close, the class will continue online via Zoom. 


Tuesdays, 4 weeks
7:00 pm
9:30 pm
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Adult (age 16+)
Digital Photography
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Mansa K. Mussa

Mansa K. Mussa is a visual artist, arts educator, curator, and arts consultant. As a photographer, the native of Newark, New Jersey, has been using the camera to document “the unfolding of human events” in the United States, the Caribbean, Africa, Central America, and Europe for forty-four years. His photographs and collages have been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibits since 1974. They have also been published in several books, including the landmark Reflections in Black: A History of Black Photographers, 1840 to the Present.

During the past five years, he has developed a technique of digital photography he refers to as “iPadology.” In essence, it utilizes the iPad to create a series of abstract digital photographic images. The pictures are then edited with photo apps to produce optical illusions that can be printed on paper, fabric, and metal.

The goal is to layer the photographic image with broad strokes and small flourishes, and to combine the image with portraits, text, and geometric shapes to design a new form of ExpressiveArts.