Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"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


"Abstract Photography on Whidbey Island"
January 19-20, 2018
 

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. 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. We will also spend time on our classroom discussing the results and using software to take our work to the next level.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Jack Graham
Cost: $270
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Portrait Photography"
Tuesdays, February 6 - April 10, 2018
 

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 through April 8.
 
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


"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


"Crash Course in DSLR Cameras"
February 17, 2018
 

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, www.juliastaples.com
Cost: Non-Credit: $95
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Analog Photography for the Digital Age"
Thursdays, March 1 - April 5, 2018
 

Hand-crafted, thoughtful and a bit magical: all these describe the process of traditional film photography. Explore its tools and techniques, including film-to-digital methods of creating imagery without a darkroom. Working hands-on, learn how to best promote the strengths of this fascinating medium in a way that complements your time, budget and vision. No experience necessary. RA Friedman is a figurative artist who works with drawing and analog photography. His studio practice is informed by a background in science, theatre set design, and painting. A regular contributor to The Laboratory Arts Collective Magazine and faculty member at Pratt Manhattan, he is currently working on a suite of ten multi-figure pinhole photographs.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: RA Friedman, www.rafriedman.com
Cost: Non-Credit: $225
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Art and Film Lecture Series"
Wednesdays, March 14 - April 11, 2018
 

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: Non-Credit: $150
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Crash Course in Video Editing: Smart Phone & Beyond"
March 17, 2018
 

Take those smart phone videos to the next level, and turn them into works of art! Learn basic editing techniques, including adding transitions, music, and more! Basic computer skills required.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Ian Wagner
Cost: Non-Credit: $95
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Photographing your Artwork"
March 31, 2018
 

The ability to document artwork is an important skill for any artist pursuing exhibition, professional or academic opportunities. Learn basic lighting and photography techniques to document two-dimensional drawings and paintings as well as three-dimensional sculptural works. Bring 2 - 3 pieces of art and your digital camera for hands-on experience.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Julia Staples, www.juliastaples.com
Cost: Non-Credit: $95; Lab Fee: $10
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Introduction to Photoshop: From Studio to Computer"
Saturdays, April 14 & 21, 2018
 

Photoshop editing opens a world of photographic possibilities. In this workshop, photograph in the studio and outside, and then combine multiple photos into a single image in PAFA’s digital lab. Pre-visualize and achieve your vision with an understanding of workflow, color profiles, color and contrast correction, retouching, layers and masking.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Julia Staples, www.juliastaples.com
Cost: Non-Credit: $215; Lab Fee: $10
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Colorado Cowboys and Great American Horse Drive Photo Workshop"
April 29 - May 6, 2018
 

Imagine a place where the wild west still lives . . . hundreds of horses running with power and freedom, beautiful light and dust, real working cowboys and cowgirls, big open spaces and wood corrals. Beautiful open blue skies and long days to live it and photograph it. If this sounds like heaven to you then join us in a special part of western America where the real west is still alive and our photographer attendees have special access to document it with our cameras and share it with a group of like minded photographers and horse lovers. There is no other place or event like it on earth!
 
Location: Craig, Colorado
Instructor: Scott Trees, Carien Schippers
Cost: $1595-3090
Sponsor: Equine Photographers Network
Website, email, 607-865-5215


"Photography of Intent"
June 4-8, 2018
 

Join veteran instructor and long-time assistant to Sam Abell and Arthur Meyerson for an expansive week of photography! Through tips, techniques and critical thinking about your photography, Keron will help you deepen the joy and purpose in your photography. Creating intent and building strength in communicating that intent are key ideas in the course. Getting your work seen, publishing photo books, experimenting with layers and compositing, and examining short and long term photo projects are some of the other topics explored during this dynamic week. There is time each day for photographing and daily critiques of work along with one-on-one sessions to support your unique voice. Come join us and expand the possibilities for your photography.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Keron Psillas
Cost: $750
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"The Color of Light"
June 12-16, 2018
 

This renowned workshop is designed for both amateur and professional photographers who wish to strengthen their ability to see and work in color. Through daily shooting assignments, critiques and discussions, participants acquire techniques to become more sensitive to light and its effects on color, composition, texture, pattern, and design. While covering the use and quality of natural light, the main focus is on investigating color from a personal point of view. Arthur guides and inspires participants to help refine an individual style for creative fulfillment. The workshop begins with an intensive review of each participant’s images and a discussion of personal and career goals. Arthur leads group critiques and spends individual time with each participant addressing their photography.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Arthur Meyerson
Cost: $1000
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Fine Art Book"
June 20-22, 2018
 

Join Keron Psillas for an intensive three days of book-making. Keron is an award-winning, internationally published author, photographer and designer, as well as a mentor to a growing body of students. This course will delve into the workflow to create a Blurb book, using Blurb software and Lightroom, as well as overall discussion about printing and publishing options. Keron will share insights, tips, and critical thinking about layout and design that stem from her 20 years in the printing and publishing industry before she became a professional photographer. Keron will also spend time individually with participants working on projects, and there will be time for you to shoot the lovely environment of Whidbey Island.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Keron Psillas
Cost: $450
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"The Travel Magazine Story"
June 28 - July 1, 2018
 

Led by a professional travel photographer and art director, this workshop describes the process of a travel magazine story, from inception to print. The planning that goes into shooting a travel story, necessary and preferred equipment, tips for working on the ground in foreign countries, and submitting images to the client magazine. On the magazine side, photo editing and layout concerns will be described as a peek into the magazine editing process. During the course of the workshop, students will shoot a travel story on Whidbey Island, making use of the surrounding natural and cultural beauty. Photos will be critiqued daily as each student works towards completing a photo story. Individual portfolio review sessions will be available.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Kevin Miyazaki & Korena Bolding Sinnett
Cost: $1200
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Creating Visionary Photographs"
August 7-8, 2018
 

Students learn to take a concept, plan a photo shoot, and create the photograph depicting the concept. This process spans all types of photography, including wildlife, landscape, portraits, and art. The process includes developing a personal “style”, and using the equipment of the trade to accomplish the photographic vision of the photographer. Workshop includes exercises to help “see” the potential of a photographic opportunity, in-camera techniques, and digital darkroom techniques. Students need to bring all their photographic equipment (camera body, lenses, filters, monopod / tripod, flashes, reflectors, shutter releases,etc.). It would be nice if they had a laptop computer to bring, but not necessary.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Karen Ulvestad
Cost: $270
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Creative Techniques & Personal Expression"
August 22-26, 2018
 

Join Nikon Legend behind the lens, Tony Sweet, and award winning nature photographer Susan Milestone, on a creative photography workshop on Whidbey Island, focusing on landscapes, flowers, and Coupeville. There will be daily location shooting, where Sue and Tony will be helping you to achieve the image you are imagining, critique sessions, compositional creativity, and software presentations. This workshop is limited to just 12 students, allowing much greater access to Tony and Susan. Participants are expected to have basic knowledge of exposure and to know how to operate their equipment. Bring a laptop computer with RAW processing and image editing software (Photoshop or Elements) in order to prepare images for critique, and any plugins you have.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Tony Sweet & Susan Milestone
Cost: $1,000
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Taking the Next Step in Fine Art Photography"
September 7-9, 2018
 

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. Learn how to submit to publications, photography competitions, 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


"Photography as Meditation"
September 28-30, 2018
 

This workshop will examine how photography can be a form of meditation. Both deal with the present moment and call for a high degree of awareness. After a review of Zen and its connection to the arts we will see the relevance of Eastern thought to the photographic process. As well, the workshop will explore how learning to trust one’s ‘intuition’, directly relates to being more creative with a camera. And by cultivating a mindful attitude of ‘inner calm’ participants will find their work strengthened and more expressive. Field excursions in and around Coupeville will provide opportunities to nurture ‘slowness’ as an attribute of a more meditative approach to image-making. Join us for this stimulating workshop on taking your photography to a more contemplative level.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Robert Stahl
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Soulful Photography"
October 5-7, 2018
 

Soulful Photography is a course for anyone who loves to take pictures and wants to take their photography skills to the next level. Learn how to capture images that are not only beautiful, but also a true expression of who you are. Learn how to infuse your creative process with deep thought and feeling, and create images that more successfully connect you with your viewers. The course will introduce techniques in lighting, composition, and exposure, all of which you will be able to practice through numerous hands-on creative assignments. No fancy cameras necessary. Whether you shoot with an SLR, point and shoot, or a smartphone, this course will teach you how to express your creative voice with any tool or device.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Alessandra Cave
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"New England Art Workshop Retreat"
October 11-16, 2018
 

Join Amber Palmer for an exclusive artists' retreat---a week of Autumn Color Painting in beautiful New Hampshire! You will have the unique opportunity to both paint and photograph in this magical setting. Whether you’re an aspiring artist or an experienced watercolor artist or photographer, the Gibson House is the perfect place to be inspired. Two 50-foot long porches overlook the Connecticut River Valley and Green Mountains of Vermont, insuring outdoor work and relaxation space in any weather. Formal gardens and the picture-perfect Village of Haverhill Corner offer tranquility and visual stimulation. Additional excursions will be included to Castle in the Clouds in nearby Moultonborough, NH and to a hidden 'On Golden Pond' inspired lakeside for plein air painting and photography.
 
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: Amber Palmer
Cost: $190
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"Japanese Gardens of Portland"
October 17-20, 2018
 

Treat yourself and your lenses to rich hues of red, gold and amber at the peak of autumn color in one of the most authentic Japanese gardens outside of Japan: the Portland Japanese Garden. This workshop offers the unique opportunity to shoot in the Garden on three consecutive mornings from 8 to 10 am before it opens to the public, along with regular garden hours. There are five different types of tranquil gardens surrounded by stunning Japanese maples erupting in brilliant reds: a flat garden, strolling pond garden, tea garden, natural garden, and sand & stone garden. Your instructor for the week, Charles Needle, is a renown professional garden photographer and author, who will share tips on creating compelling garden photographs 1-on-1 in the field and classroom.
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
Instructor: Charles Needle
Cost: $795 (includes membership to garden)
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Monochrome and Americana"
November 16-17, 2018
 

What is hardest for most photographers, but necessary is visualizing the final image. We have so many choices in determining exposure that thinking about how you want the final image to be rendered determine how you initially make the image in the camera. DO you want the sky light or dark? How do you want to render the clouds? How to handle the tonal relationships must be considered. We’ll dwell on this quite extensively. Often in photography we hear the terms High Key and Low Key. We will discuss and learn to apply these traits which are so important when making monochrome images.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Jack Graham
Cost: $270
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"The Natural Eye"
December 12-16, 2018
 

The week-long Natural Eye workshop weaves together daily eye-opening activities and ideas, fine-tuning technical sessions, time in the field to try the ideas, and daily review of images. All photographers with a working knowledge of their cameras are welcome in this workshop. To participate in image reviews, you will need to bring a laptop, your editing software of choice, card reader, and jump drive. At the end of most days, after class, you will download images onto your laptop, make selections based upon the day’s assignment, convert images to jpegs, rename selected images, place them in a folder, and transfer them to a jump drive for class the next morning.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Eddie Soloway
Cost: $1,000
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


 

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