The Educational Gallery is a wonderful learning tool and resource for those seeking advancement in this specialty artform. There are four (4) areas associated to learning: Photos, Case-Studies, Videos, and Publications. The Photo section is the one likely to be the most beneficial.
Visitors and students should spend time on each photo, so that a full appreciation can be obtained, as to the placement of lights and to why lights were applied where they were. Questions should be asked, and notes might be taken for this learning.
Landscape lighting designers should take full advantage of the Design Critique Studies category listed under the Case-Studies page, as it provides a dissected breakdown of several ELLI Award-winning photos.
This section includes the photographic work of those lighting designers selected for the skills that meet the expectations and principles established by ELLI. Within this framework, there are two (2) main categories and two (2) associated categories. It should be noted that the ELLI Awards program identifies only the lighting designers featured in the main categories:
This main category includes all the traditional elements of landscape lighting. ELLI further breaks down this category into six (6) sub-categories, as each identifies the primary ‘emphasis’ of the photo scene:
This main category includes all landscape lighting designs that stimulate a positive, psychological response. These responses are in the form of emotion. There are a variety of human emotions and ELLI has identified only those types which are listed as ‘contacting’ or ‘knowledge’ emotions. These fall into five (5) sub-categories, as each identifies the overall feel or experience of the scene:
This associated category represents various lighting applications that provide interest, surprise, and thought, as an added value to the scene. They include silhouettes, shadows, colors, and other visual effects.
This associated category represents viewing opportunities of the landscape, but from inside an interior living space or setting. Generally, these types of views are framed by a structural element, such as a window, door, or opening that acts as a portal to these exterior spaces. These views can act as a form of ‘art’.
This section includes Case-studies and Presentations, as it relates to landscape lighting design, lighting applications, lighting ‘affect’, and the psychology of light in natural settings. These studies provide a deeper analysis and understanding of the subject matter.
One category in this section will be dedicated to the analysis of ELLI Award-winning photos. This will allow the student the opportunity to walk-through the compositional breakdown of the photo, as a Design Critique process.
This section includes educational videos that can aid the landscape lighting designer in both thought and skill. Most of these videos are presented as a seminar or interview.
These topics are discussed either in groups or a one-on-one meeting and address history, backgrounds, techniques & applications, industry problems, and the future of our professions.
These topics include the impact that light has on human health.
These topics include the principles, techniques, and tips that can benefit the lighting designer in their work. They also discuss the importance of composition, as well as the need for good photography.
These topics include the nature of light, shadow, and darkness as it applies to design. They also discuss how important it is to understand the balance between light and dark.
These topics include the various physical materials used in construction or nature, and how they are affected by light. They include understanding the characteristics of each material and how the designer should work with them.
These topics include drawing techniques, sketching, plan presentations, and architectural versus landscape architectural content. They also include tips to encourage time management, proficiency, and the steps involved in the design process.
This section includes various publications and documents related to the profession of landscape lighting design. It also includes those associated with human health, affect, and the benefits light has. This section will act as a library, although it will take time to develop. There will be three (3) categories of content—Guides & Standards, Articles, and Books.