Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Robert Sturman: Mastering the Art of Yoga Photography"
September 20-24, 2020
 

Discover the secrets of how to make powerful, poetic images celebrating the beautiful art of yoga with acclaimed photographer Robert Sturman. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Robert Sturman
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Editorial Illustration (Online)"
September 21 - November 29, 2020
 

Explore image making as a means of communication. This is an intermediate class geared toward artists who wish to express narrative themes in their work as well as graphic designers interested in a pictorial approach to visual communication. Students will learn to analyze current news and opinion writing to create imagery with a message. Concept development methods including written brainstorming, thumbnails, and preliminary sketches will be introduced. Techniques combining traditional and digital media will be explored. This is an ideal opportunity for newcomers to digital media and will bridge the gap between the page and screen. Access to a scanner and Adobe Photoshop or other faster graphics software is required for the completion of assignments.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: James Heimer
Cost: $350, or $525 for 1.0 undergraduate credit
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Introduction to Digital Photography (Online)"
September 21 - November 29, 2020
 

Achieve the technical knowledge and creative camera skills needed to make powerful, professional-quality photographs using a DSLR or mirrorless camera, from initial capture to final print. Learn the functions, modes, and menus of your camera; how they affect picture-taking; and how to select the appropriate settings. Instruction will address shooting in RAW format, employing expressive natural and artificial light, creating setups for portraiture, photo-editing, and post-processing in Adobe Lightroom. Develop a unified body of work ready for exhibition, publication, or a portfolio. Demonstrations, discussions, reviews and short weekly projects are designed to get you up, out and behind the camera! A fully adjustable (pro, “prosumer”) DSLR or mirrorless camera, as well as Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop or Gimp software, required.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: RA Friedman
Cost: $350, or $525 for 1.0 undergraduate credit
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Guatemala: Spirit of the Maya Photography Retreat"
September 23 - October 2, 2020
 

Join us in exploring gorgeous Guatemala, a land where the indigenous live as they have for centuries. The stunningly beautiful colonial town of Antigua will be our home base and introduction to outdoor markets, crafts, food and culture. Day trips will include visits to other local villages, photogenic ruins, shrines and cultural sites. We’ll end our journey with a few days exploring around majestic Lake Atitlan, completely surrounded by towering volcanoes, considered sacred to the Mayans. You can expect much light-heartedness and serendipity while learning from internationally recognized photographer, Douglas Beasley on how to better respond photographically to the world around you and how to make personal travel images with feeling, meaning and depth rather than anonymous pretty postcard pictures.
 
Location: Antigua, Guatemala
Instructor: Douglas Beasley
Cost: $3,220.00
Sponsor: Open Air Places
Website, email, 715-577-6857


"Pre-College: The Art of Surviving the Apocalypse: Contemporary Myths + New Media (Online)"
Tuesdays, October 6 - November 3, 2020
 

In times of crisis we turn to stories to make sense of the world. Films like The NeverEnding Story, Legend, The Dark Crystal, Time Bandits and The Last Unicorn provide mythical imaginings of the apocalypse that we can draw on to explore the present moment. This course will meet weekly on Zoom for seminar style, discussion-based learning. Students will engage in critical viewing of select films that continue to inspire the look and feel of our favorite entertainment media today. Additional resources, assignments and communication will be on the learning management system Canvas. Assignments will challenge students to apply new visual knowledge toward the creation of their own characters and fantasy worlds of their own design.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Dr. Li Sumpter, lisumpter.com
Cost: $210
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Creative Photography: Find Your Voice (Online)"
October 26 - November 29, 2020
 

Explore who you are as a photographer and where you want to take your work in this intermediate-level project-focused course. Learn how to best combine your abilities and available resources toward creating a new body of work with message and impact, and presenting it to the viewer. Weekly assignments will include photo shoots, idea generation, proposal writing, and critiques. Ability with a digital or film camera and photo workflow is a prerequisite. Some technical issues will be addressed, but the core of the class is strengthening your creative outlook and practice.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: RA Friedman
Cost: $195, or $525 for 1.0 undergraduate credit
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Focusing on the Facial Features for the Artist"
April 12-16, 2021
 

Students will do exercises working from reference and live models to improve their understanding of the facial features. Jerry will thoroughly address the nose, eyes, ears and mouth. Students will learn to simplify the anatomy and structure of the planes of the face. Jerry will also discuss value and lighting and how to expose the facial features to a proper light source to show the halftones, highlights and shadows to create a realistic three-dimensional form. Colors of the facial zones will also be explained and practiced. Individual attention will be given to each student. A packet of class notes will be emailed to each student. This class is open to all levels, digital and drawing mediums are welcome.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jerry Salinas, www.jerrysalinas.com
Cost: $650 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Intentional Photography: Creating Personal Projects"
May 16-20, 2021
 

Reconsider how you create images, interpret your life and world, and bring depth and meaning to your artistic endeavors. This retreat will help you discover how to create work that springs from a place of introspection, contemplation, and connection. Open to all levels. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally sourced meals, inspired onsite lodging and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Aline Smithson
Cost: Tuition + meals from $1,075
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, (715) 779-0178


"The Emotional Landscape"
June 20-24, 2021
 

Create powerful, emotionally impactful photographs that express a deeper connection to place, and ourselves. All levels of photographers welcome. This retreat is not about making ‘pretty' pictures or ‘postcard’ like records of one’s travels. It is about making a deeper, more authentic connection, then learning to express that connection through our photography. We will be using land, sky and water as well as ourselves to transform an emotional experience into a visual one. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals, onsite lodging, and retreat center amenities. All in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Douglas Beasley
Cost: $975 tuition + meals (lodging packages available)
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"A Natural Eye Photography Retreat"
June 27 - July 1, 2021
 

During this retreat, outdoor experiences in local natural areas take you through important steps to enriching your photographs in the natural world as you find yourself focused less on objects and things and more on the magic of moments and the essence of places. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals, inspired lodging, and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Eddie Soloway
Cost: Meals and tuition from $1,075
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, (715) 779-0178


"tran·scend·ence: The Female Form in the Lake Superior Landscape"
July 18-22, 2021
 

Photographing in the Lake Superior Landscape is perfect for infrared, back and white or color capture. Incredible models and beautiful surreal landscapes, immerse yourself in your creativity and a spirit of adventure. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals, inspired lodging, and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Laurie Klein and Nicole Cudzilo
Cost: Tuition + meals from $1,400
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, (715) 779-0178


"Poetry of Perception Photography Retreat"
August 1-5, 2021
 

This retreat is designed to help you discover, or renew your creative spirit, and to broaden the way you think about your individual photographic practice. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally sourced meals, inspired lodging, and retreat amenities, all in the peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Keith Carter
Cost: Tuition + meals from 1,210
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, (715) 779-0178


"The Long Term Personal Project, From Concept to Audience"
August 8-12, 2021
 

This retreat will lead participants through the essential steps of thorough research and wise decision-making to create photographic work that is authentic in both its creation and presentation with the strongest possibility of sponsorship, exhibition and publication. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally sourced meals, inspired lodging and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mary Virginia Swanson
Cost: Tuition + meals from $1,075
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, (715) 779-0178


"Mastering the Art of Yoga Photography – The Yoga of Seeing"
September 26-30, 2021
 

Discover the secrets of how to make powerful, poetic images celebrating the beautiful art of yoga with acclaimed photographer, Robert Sturman. This retreat is scheduled in conjunction with yoga instructor Liz Corwin's retreat, with the ability to participate in pieces of both retreat experiences. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally sourced meals, inspired lodging, and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Robert Sturman
Cost: Tuition + meals from $1,075
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, (715) 779-0178


 

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