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Interpersonal Exposure [Postponed to Winter – Dates TBA]

Starts October 20

5 sessions: [Postponed to Winter – Dates TBA]

The objective of Interpersonal Exposure is to help students go beyond simply capturing an image, story, or content – and to grasp and reveal what lies within. Participants are asked to look within themselves and explore what makes each individual unique and passionate. Through several workshop activities during the course, we’ll utilize creative writing, photography, journaling, and documentary to peel back, expose, and enhance your craft.

Through creative writing, we’ll learn how our words carry power and the ability for us to paint on a blank canvas. We’ll create and share work while taking part in exercises that challenge our own ways of writing.

Through photography, we’ll explore its history and the role it has played in world history, and complete exercises that can inform and influence how we approach and utilize photography today, sharing and discussing our work with the group.

Through journaling, we’ll engage in various activities that will unearth some things that may be lying beneath the surface of what you present to the world.

We’ll study documentary and the responsibility we have to our subject when taking on such a task, plus create and share a documentary of our own.

The workshop sessions are designed to bring individuals out of their comfort zone and embrace new experiences, gaining insights and techniques to improve their own art and being more grounded in the process. Participants not only create art but also walk away with a better understanding as to why intent, story, and relevance are so important to identify with any project. This course is open to photographers and filmmakers of all levels; no previous experience is required.

Needed Materials:

  • A standard DSLR camera would be ideal for this course but a smartphone will suffice if you do not have access to a DSLR
  • Notebook, sketch pad, writing utensils
  • Burn After Writing by Sharon Jones, available on Amazon.com for $6.99 (recommended but not required – used only for one class session)

NOTE: Participation in this online course requires that you use the free Zoom cloud-based video conferencing service. For optimal performance it is recommended that you install Zoom on your computer rather than running it from a web browser. We’ll e-mail you a course reminder and Zoom link a few days prior to the first session. Click here for a Zoom tutorial.

Tuition: $175 regular | $130 member | $100 low-income

Throughout photojournalist/educator De’Andre Avaloz’s photography career, he has provided photography for a wide range of clients, ranging from international corporations to the everyday local couple getting married or taking family photos. In addition to his diverse list of clients, he has also documented cultures overseas as well as locally, and continues to use photography as a means to advocate and raise awareness towards social injustices and disparities that impact communities. Having such a wide exposure to music as an adolescent helped him to seek out photography, music, and poetry as a means of expression, rather than turning to violence to release his frustrations.

De’Andre’s love for photography was inspired by the horrific images of past wars and was ignited by the devastation of 9/11. Inspired by the countless emotions that are communicated and felt through photography, De’Andre is not just committed to producing images but also dedicated to transmitting emotions. It is his dream to travel the world, capturing the most beautiful and most disturbing of images, in hopes of raising awareness so that we can spread beauty and defeat the mayhem that exists in the world today. De’Andre aims to produce and share thought-provoking, raw, and honest photography that exposes truth and provides voices to the voiceless. As a photographer, educator, poet, and musician, activism has always been something De’Andre has demonstrated in his work.

De’Andre continues to gain recognition and support from the community and its prestigious companies as well. Having held numerous photography exhibitions throughout Minnesota and received various awards and grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board, McKnight Foundation, and FilmNorth to name a few, De’Andre actively continues to unearth content and capture stories with his uniquely artistic body of work.

Class Registration Guidelines & Cancellation Policy

  • Space is assigned on a first-come basis. Registrations must include payment in full. Registrations are accepted after registration deadlines if space is available.
  • If minimum enrollment has not been reached by 7 days prior to the start date of a class, FilmNorth may cancel it, in which case registrants will immediately be notified and receive a full refund within 2 business days. A check will be issued for registrations that were paid in cash. In lieu of a refund, students have the option of applying their tuition to another class scheduled in the same calendar year.
  • For those wishing to cancel a registration prior to the class registration deadline, 100% of the tuition will be refunded minus a $25 administrative fee. For registration cancellations received after the registration deadline but prior to the first class session, 50% of the tuition will be refunded minus a $25 administrative fee. As of 5:00 pm the day prior to a class start date, no refunds or credits/exchanges will be given (Friday at 5:00 pm for Sunday classes). 
  • Tuition is not prorated for missed class sessions.




October 20, 2021 @ 6:30 pm
November 17, 2021 @ 8:30 pm
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5 sessions: [Postponed to Winter - Dates TBA]