About Our Instructors

Joseph Kameen

Joseph Kameen in studio

Joseph Kameen joined the Department of Fine and Performing Arts in the Fall of 2018, as Assistant Professor of Art. Joseph received his BFA in painting and sculpture from Boston University, and his MFA in painting from Indiana University Bloomington. He features the human figure heavily in his drawings and paintings, which use narrative imagery to consider our everyday relationship with unanswerable questions. He has exhibited and curated nationally, including shows at The Painting Center and Janet Kurnatowski Gallery in New York.

John Antaki

John Antaki

John Antaki, born and raised in Aiken, SC, 1991. He attended South Aiken and Clemson University. After working with a production facility in Trenton, and the Vogtle nuclear power plant in Georgia, John left the 9-5 desk job to increase his skills in photography in 2017. John is now making a living as a wedding photographer and videographer. He also works with the Aiken and Augusta Magazine, free lance work for marketing companies, as well as local businesses and events. John is proficient with the photo and video editing programs Photoshop, Lightroom, and Premiere Pro. He is a preferred wedding vendor for Newberry Hall in Aiken, SC and the Corley Mill house in Columbia, SC and has traveled for weddings in Maryland, Chicago, and Spain. His work can be seen in almost every issue of the Augusta Magazine as well as on his website JohnAntaki.comInstagram: Antaki.son and Youtube: John Antaki.

Choosing a Camera and Lens

Course Date: Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Time: 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Location: B&E 131

Cost: $50

Instructor: John Antaki

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Students at a computer

In this class, we go beyond Best Buy's camera recommendations and start to understand whether the camera or the photographer creates the photo. You will be informed on where to get credible camera reviews, what cameras are available on the market, and which camera fits your needs.

101: Photography Basics

Camera in hand

Every camera’s user interface is unique and takes time to learn but the basic/fundamental parameters of shutter speed, ISO, and Aperture are the same for each camera. Understanding these 3 things is essential to mastering photography and is applied 100% of the time. This course is part lecture and part application. You will apply the lessons learned in the lecture with your camera taking photos. We will practice natural light portraits, macro (close up), inside and outside. 

A camera is required for this course.

Course Date: Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Time: 2:30 to 4:30 p.m

Location: B&E 131

Cost: $50

Instructor: John Antaki

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Photography 102: Autofocus & Application

Course Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Time: 2:30 to 4:30 pm

Location: B&E 131

Cost: $50

Instructor: John Antaki

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Photography in Real World

The lecture portion of this course is a continuation of Photography 101 and we will cover autofocus settings, metering modes, and white balance. The second portion of the class will be about application and students will apply those skills taking action and landscape photos across campus.

A camera is required for this course.

Figure Drawing


The depiction of the body has preoccupied artists throughout history, both as a challenge and as a means for expression. Figure Drawing is a studio art course that will allow artists to focus on direct observation of live models. Model sessions will be open work-time, without lecture or instruction. Attendees may work in any medium they wish. The first 30 minutes of each session will be short gesture poses, followed by a 2-hour long pose.

Course is facilitated by community members.

Course Dates:

Session 1: Thursdays, August 27 – September 17, 2020

Session 2: Thursdays, September 24 – October 15, 2020

Session 3: Thursdays, October 22 – November 19, 2020

Time: 12:00 to 2:30 p.m.

Location: Etherredge Center Room 141

Cost: $40 per session

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Painting Studio

Course Dates:

Session 1

Group 1: Tuesdays, August 25- September 29, 2020

Group 2: Thursdays, August 27- October 1, 2020

Session 2

Group 1: Tuesdays, October 6 – November 17, 2020

Group 2: Thursdays, October 8 - November 19, 2020

Time: 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.

Location: Etherredge Center Room 140

Instructor: Joseph Kameen

Cost: $75.00*

*This price is per group. You may sign up for multiple groups in a session at $75 each.

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portrait paint class

Painting Studio allows painters and those interested in painting to work in a spacious, communal environment. Attendees are free to work with any medium and subject matter, and will receive constructive commentary and criticism to help them achieve their goals. Those who have audited Advanced Painting in the past and wish to continue to do so should instead sign up for the Painting Studios.

Portrait Workshop

painting figure

Portrait Workshops I & II feature lectures and demonstrations, followed by guided portrait sessions working directly from a model. The instructor will offer group and individual critiques of work in progress, and attendees will be able to work and receive feedback on personal projects.

No prior experience is needed. Bring your own supplies.

Course Dates: To be announced. Please check back soon for more information.

Price: $75 for 4 classes