Explore the creative possibilities of people, spaces, and objects in black and white.

© Emily SchifferDiscover new possibilities! This course will expand your visual interests and add new energy to your work in digital B&W. Inspiration and knowledge is derived from lectures that examine the work of major photographers in specific fields, providing a context for each day's work. Discussions cover theory, history, and technical concerns. Afternoons are spent working in the field on specific assignments, each designed to awaken your eye and strengthen your ability to deal effectively with new subject matter in a highly personal way. 

Subjects covered during the week:

First Day: Spaces - The afternoon is spent photographing spaces, capturing the corner of a room, photographing a farmyard, backyard or porch.

Second Day: The Landscape - We work on rural and urban landscapes, photographing seascapes and horizons to create three-dimensionality with the foreground, middle-ground and background.

Third Day: Objects - This day we photograph things, an object's integrity, essence and its place as defined by the space around it.

Fourth Day: The Portrait - We are concerned with exploring ways to photograph people: friends, strangers, groups of people, even ourselves.

Fifth Day: The Emotional Photograph - This assignment is to produce a single, complex photograph which expresses an emotion, concept or idea.

Final Day: Saturday morning is a final review of the week's work, with an assessment of each participant's progress, new ground broken, discoveries made and the direction in which each student will leave Rockport.

Mornings are filled with review and critique of the previous day's photographs. Lectures and discussions present new ideas and explore the way other photographers have handled specific subject matter. 

Students are encouraged to bring a laptop for image processing and editing since this is not a based in a digital lab classroom.


Winter/Spring lodging and meal package available for $475. Includes breakfast and lunch Monday – Friday. Dinner services are not available during our Winter/Spring session. Meal plan (mandatory) without lodging is $125.


Deanna Witman

© Robert DavisDeanna Witman is a visual artist working primarily in photographic media. Artist, teacher, and explorer, she has been creating innovative work since receiving her MFA from Maine Media College.  As a teacher she seeks to share her passion for learning & discovery, expression, and developing vision. Deanna’s work has been published and exhibited nationally and internationally, and is held in many private collections. In 2013 her work was published in Lenscratch, BETA, and Le Journal de la Photographie, as well as an exhibition catalog for her solo exhibition Supercluster Arion and Other Phenomena which includes an introduction  by Dr. Alan Lightman. 

Website:  http://dmwitman.com/




Course Dates

Mar 22 to Mar 28



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