Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Wet Plate Phototgram Workshop"
September 22, 2017
 

Introductory wet plate workshop. Topics covered will be the wet plate process and its history, the chemistry used and recipes for the chemistry, demonstration of coating a plate, sensitizing, exposing, developing, fixing, finishing and scanning tintypes, and instructions on setting up a wet plate darkroom. Students will create photograms with an enlarger and available light, creative collage and storytelling with photograms, plus a group project. Students will create tintypes and ambrotypes in this beginning class.
 
Location: Johnson City, Texas
Instructor: S Gayle Stevens
Cost: $200
Sponsor: A Smith Gallery
Website, email, 512-422-4080


"Taking the Next Step in Fine Art Photography"
September 22-24, 2017
 

It is critical to the growth of a fine art photographer to understand what comes next after creating an image and that today, photographers make work in projects–a series of images that tell a story or explore a subject in depth. This workshop provides an insight into the world of photography and helps photographers package themselves and their work in a professional manner. Throughout the workshop portfolios will be shaped and edited. Participants will learn how to build and write a résumé, how to construct a bio, and how to title and write personal statements about their work. Students will learn about photography competitions, how submit to publications and prepare work for exhibition. Information about grants, portfolio reviews and exhibition proposals are also covered.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Aline Smithson
Cost: $500
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Wet Plate Digital Positive Workshop"
September 23, 2017
 

Introductory wet plate workshop. Topics covered will be the wet plate process and its history, the chemistry used and recipes for the chemistry, demonstration of coating a plate, sensitizing, exposing, developing, fixing, finishing and scanning tintypes, and instructions on setting up a wet plate darkroom. Students will create contact printed tintype plates with an enlarger using digital positives.
 
Location: Johnson City, Texas
Instructor: S Gayle Stevens
Cost: $200
Sponsor: A Smith Gallery
Website, email, 512-422-4080


"Wet Plate Holga Workshop"
September 24, 2017
 

Introductory wet plate workshop using a Holga plastic camera. Topics covered will be the wet plate process and its history, the chemistry used and recipes for the chemistry, demonstration of coating a plate, sensitizing, exposing, developing, fixing, finishing and scanning tintypes, and instructions on setting up a wet plate darkroom. Students will create tintype plates using a Holga plastic camera. All chemicals and plates are provided, students need to provide a Holga plastic camera (or other medium format camera such as a Brownie Hawkeye) with a bulb setting and a cable release. Purchasing recommendations can be made.
 
Location: Johnson City, Texas
Instructor: S Gayle Stevens
Cost: $200
Sponsor: A Smith Gallery
Website, email, 512-422-4080


"Digital Pattern Making"
September 25, 2017
 

In this workshop you'll learn how to create a repeating pattern in Adobe Illustrator. Digital patterns can be turned into all sorts of things - printed artwork, fabric, stationery, rugs, the sky is the limit! Come learn some new computer skills and see the potential of your digital patterns.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Jessica Swift
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Digital Pattern Making (Intermediate)"
September 26, 2017
 

In this workshop you'll learn techniques for taking your pattern design skills to new levels - half-drop repeats, adding layers and complexity, and turning paint artwork into repeat patterns, in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. This class is for you if you're already familiar with Illustrator and Photoshop and want to learn some new skills within the programs and go beyond the basics in pattern design.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Jessica Swift
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Art and Film Lecture Series"
Tuesdays, September 26 - October 24, 2017
 

Explore the relationship between film, photography and painting. Examine how film stills relate to painting through composition, tone, value/lighting, symbolic color, and visual cues. Learn to recognize elements that convey information and drive visual narrative in order to build critical skills for viewing images in all media and for developing compositions in your own artwork.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Clarissa Shanahan
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Portrait Photography"
Wednesdays, September 27 - December 6, 2017
 

Experiment with a variety of styles of portrait photography, including street, studio, family, candid, narrative, and staged. Use both historical and contemporary methods to explore a personal theme or interest. Learn how to think creatively about how lighting and composition can change the meaning of a photograph. Includes a visit to Chuck Close Photographs, on view in the PAFA museum, October 6 – April 8, 2018.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Julia Staples
Cost: For Credit: $525, Non-Credit: $395, Lab Fee: $20
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Wet Plate Advanced"
September 30 - October 1, 2017
 

This two day Wet Plate Advanced workshop will be tailored to each participants needs and wants. Large format tintypes, combining photograms and photographs, Cliche Verre photograms, mixing chemicals are among the topics covered in addition to working in a series.
 
Location: Johnson City, Texas
Instructor: S Gayle Stevens
Cost: $400.
Sponsor: A Smith Gallery
Website, email, 512-422-4080


"The Autumn Landscape: Foliage and Rural Architecture"
October 5-7, 2017
 

The transition from green foliage to an explosion of color never ceases to be an amazing event. This workshop will focus on mindfully capturing the transformation of autumn, while exploring Door County’s preserved natural spaces and wild places in juxtaposition with agrarian and iconic buildings. Daily field trips, starting early, will take advantage of the natural elements in soft light. Sites will range from Sturgeon Bay to Washington and Rock Islands, including endless shoreline, open farmland, and dense forests; providing opportunities to document both the grand vistas and fine details. While in the field and studio, you will discuss the power of intention and purpose in your photographs through the use of composition, post-processing, and printing.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Suzanne Rose, www.SuzanneRose.com
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Photo Encaustic and Door County's Landscape"
October 9-12, 2017
 

Combining photography with encaustic provides you with the opportunity to take your photographs to new dimensions and creative possibilities. This workshop will focus on both capturing the landscape through photographs, as well as using the encaustic process to add depth and mystery to your compositions. Clare will share and discuss the work of masters of encaustic, in areas of both photography and painting. You will then practice and experiment with the various techniques of the medium. Once you have a feel for the effects you would like to achieve, you will spend time shooting at various Door County sites. The remainder of the workshop will concentrate on using those images and developing methods and workflow specific to you.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Clare O'Neill, www.ClareONeill.com
Cost: Members: $475, Non-Members: $510 (plus materials fee)
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"The Modern Landscape"
October 9-13, 2017
 

The Modern Landscape workshop challenges students to remove the clutter, the obvious and the cliché from their landscapes to create memorable images with a distinct visual voice. By using negative space, scale and a restrained color palate, the modern landscape, abstracts the obvious, subtracts the unnecessary and leaves behind the scene in only its purest form. In addition to the fieldwork, the class will hone their skills in the digital darkroom and will focus on developing and establishing a singular voice. The group will leave at the end of the week confident to shoot, critique, edit and sequence their own photography in new ways.
 
Location: LaPointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Alissa & Jacob Hessler
Cost: $800
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, 715-747-2054


"Basic Encaustic with Photographs"
October 14, 2017
 

Painting with encaustic has continued through the ages and has relatively recently been discovered by photographers. The application of encaustic to digital pigment prints transcends the photographic process adding depth, luminescence and providing the opportunity for greater artistic expression. This workshop will cover: History of encaustic and view examples of work, Preparing digital images for printing, Preparation of boards, Application of encaustic, Care of encaustic art.
 
Location: Johnson City, Texas
Instructor: Amanda Smith and Kevin Tully
Cost: $175.00
Sponsor: A Smith Gallery
Website, email, 512-422-4080


"Outdoor Photography"
October 14, 2017
 

Stephen will teach you his techniques for achieving better scenic, landscape and close-up images from nature. He will discuss composition, lighting, filters, exposure and additional equipment. You will have a chance to shoot in the field and have your photos critiqued in class. You should have a working knowledge of your camera. Bring your camera, camera manual, tripod (optional) and USB card reader or cable for downloading images.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Stephen Gassman
Cost: $105
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"More Encaustic with Photographs"
October 15, 2017
 

The simple application of wax to photographs is miraculous in how it transforms the image. However, this can be just the beginning. Wax can be incised, carved, pigmented and be a vehicle for collage using an amazing amount of substances. In this class, we will explore the more conceptual and creative aspects of working in this medium. This workshop will cover: Incising in the wax with various tools, Handcoloring with color pigment, Image transfer onto the wax with inkjet copies and graphite paper, Layering of images with tissue paper on boards, Finishing the sides of the boards and proper hanging techniques.
 
Location: Johnson City, Texas
Instructor: Amanda Smith and Kevin Tully
Cost: $175.00
Sponsor: A Smith Gallery
Website, email, 512-422-4080


"Crash Course in DSLR Cameras"
October 21, 2017
 

Get the most out of your camera and take better pictures! Learn all the functions of your camera in automatic and manual modes including aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and depth of field, while exploring composition, lighting and color. Walk away with the ability to use your DSLR with confidence after this hands-on workshop.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Julia Staples
Cost: $115
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Crash Course in Video Editing"
October 28, 2017
 

Move beyond mere recording to create finished videos – to document events, convey a message, or create artworks. Learn the basics of video editing including making transitions, overlays, animations and audio, and learn how to upload your work to the internet. Basic computer skills required.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Ian Wagner
Cost: $115
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Autumn in Tuscany & Umbria Photography"
October 28 - November 4, 2017
 

Join us for a week devoted to capturing the essence of Autumn in Tuscany! With Cortona as our base, each day we will explore and photograph the rich area from Cortona's mountains to Montepulciano's vineyards and from Lake Trasimeno in Umbria to the Chianti area! This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for photographers of all levels.
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Patrick Mahoney
Cost: From $3190.00 per person double occ
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, 978-632-0357


"Abstract Photography on Whidbey Island"
November 3-4, 2017
 

Whidbey Island is known for its quaint town, picturesque ocean views and pristine beaches. We will take this to a new level and explore the other side of Whidbey. Finding and learning to see abstracts or what could be called photo art is an interesting and provocative experience. Many of the techniques used are those we rely on every day, however we'll explore new techniques and learn to see a bit differently. We will cover long exposure photography, using shutter speeds and zoom lenses to create interesting effect on commonly photographed subjects as well as the use of special techniques to create the abstract. We will spend time in the field in locations from beaches to junk yards learning to see the abstract in photography.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Jack Graham
Cost: $270
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Autumn in Tuscany & Umbria Photography"
November 4-11, 2017
 

Join us for a week devoted to capturing the essence of Autumn in Tuscany! With Cortona as our base, each day we will explore and photograph the rich area from Cortona's mountains to Montepulciano's vineyards and from Lake Trasimeno in Umbria to the Chianti area! This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for photographers of all levels.
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Patrick Mahoney
Cost: From $3190.00 per person double occ
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, 978-632-0357


"Autumn in Tuscany & Umbria Photography"
November 11-18, 2017
 

Join us for a week devoted to capturing the essence of Autumn in Tuscany! With Cortona as our base, each day we will explore and photograph the rich area from Cortona's mountains to Montepulciano's vineyards and from Lake Trasimeno in Umbria to the Chianti area! This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for photographers of all levels.
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Patrick Mahoney
Cost: From $3190.00 per person double occ
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, 978-632-0357


"Seeing the World as a Photograph"
January 8-11, 2018
 

This is an introductory workshop into seeing the world as a photograph, using your digital camera. There will be perceptual exercises: gestalt flash-drawings and a Rudolf Arnheim drawing exercise. Compositional basics will be covered: Seeing photography through paintings and other photographs: The frame, Lighting, Point of view. Camera basics: Aperture, shutter, ISO, lenses/focal length, dynamic range, image formats, RAW images and their use. The course will also involve simple image adjustment (dodging/burning), using Adobe Raw and Photoshop software. Critiques will be regular, friendly, and informal. Noticing how we solve photographic (structural, compositional, expressive) problems will lead to a fulfilling experience for all.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Joseph Podlesnik, josephpodlesnik.com
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Photo Tour Sedona, Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon, Monument Canyon"
February 7-17, 2018
 

Join Patrick Mahoney for a week of photography in lively and inspiring Phoenix/Scottsdale, beautiful and colorful Sedona,the majestic and awe-inspiring Grand Canyon, colorful Sedona, Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon, and Monument Valley! This is a small-group experience open to all levels of photographers. Participants should plan to bring all photographic gear including plenty of battery, memory cards, laptop and downloading gear. All capturing devices are accepted...from digital SLRs to point and shoot to smartphones! Plan to dress for variable conditions! Phoenix/Scottsdale is warm/hot by day and cool evenings. Sedona can be cold, and the Grand Canyon can still experience a mix of winter conditions!
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Guide/Photographer Patrick Mahoney
Cost: From US$3399.00 per person double occ. ask Single price
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, Italy 331 422 9047


 

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