Hone technical skills, develop personal style, and create a new body of work while surrounded by the beauty of Midcoast Maine.

Register by January 31 and earn a $100 discount!

This workshop embraces photographic vision while addressing the multitude of technical digital approaches. Students work on location and embark upon field trips to fishing villages, lakes, mountains, forests and the islands in the Bay. They also take advantage of these environments for hikes and swimming. 

In the digital darkroom, students learn Advanced Lightroom and Photoshop techniques such as layering, color and collage, along with techniques for controlling contrast, image manipulation, retouching and the use of various papers for printing.

To prepare students for college or other photographic work, the focus of the second week is to create a body of images in a portfolio form.  There are evening shooting assignments, lectures, demonstrations, and assigned lab time where students process digital files and prepare images for this completed body of work.


This two-week program is designed for high school students between the ages of 14 and 18. Students must have the core foundation of photography concepts and technique, or have completed the Young Digital Photographers workshop. Admission is by portfolio or the instructor's permission. 

What you will learn:

Students leave this workshop with a complete single portfolio of work for college preparation or future photography work. Become proficient with the tools, technique and experimentation which enables students to explore other level 2+3 workshops.

What you will need:

Students should bring a small body of  prior work, DSLR camera, lens, memory card and a minimum of 120GB Hard Drive. We have cameras and accessories available for loan for the duration of the workshop if needed. 

About the Young Artists Program:

Young Artists’ days are comprised of both classroom and field/location work: lectures and critique, demonstrations, shooting, editing, writing, computer workflow and/or darkroom work, depending on the workshop. All instructors are talented industry professionals as well as experienced educators, and each works with a teaching assistant, providing additional support for their class. The students are busy all day and into the mid-evening hours, attending presentations from visiting master faculty. All Young Artists reside at a nearby residence (a motel-style building, with four students to a room, gender specific, and private bath) located 3/4 of a mile from campus. The property is controlled by Maine Media Workshops and is used exclusively by students and their counselors. Students are shuttled to the main campus each morning for breakfast and to begin their day, and are driven back at the end of the each day, following their last class or other scheduled activity. All meals are taken together. Parents can indicate any special dietary needs upon registration. Counselors supervise the students 24 hours a day, and help make group decisions about weekend activities like swimming, bowling, and hiking. Coin laundry facilities are available on campus. A lobster dinner is served (there are other choices) on the last Friday night of each workshop, and all Workshops students gather for an evening presentation of highlights from the week’s work. Parents are welcome to attend and meal tickets may be purchased in the Registration Office.

We recommend students have access to $75 over the one-week period for incidentals, snacks, movies, field trips etc.

Check-in is on Sunday, between 3 and 6 and departure is on Saturday morning.

Tuition Note: includes room and board

Students may request a transcript be sent to their high school for possible credit.


Kari Wehrs

© Mark Edward Dawson

Kari Wehrs is a photographer and educator currently living in Tempe, AZ and attending Arizona State University for her MFA in photography.

As a child, Kari spent hours flipping through her Grandmother's family photo albums that dated from the late 1800s to the mid 1900s.  The photographs were compiled neatly, often with handwritten notations, which suggested to her that they were precious objects.  Wanting to see the details of each image, Kari often examined the photographs with her Grandmother's magnifying glass.  She found the idea that time could be recorded and "held" in photographs to be truly fascinating.

Originally from Minnesota, Kari attended the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse for her undergraduate education, and soon after attended the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine, in the fall of 2007.  Kari has been associated with the Maine Media Workshops + College in Rockport, Maine, since 2008, having taken on various positions such as photography labs manager and teaching assistant for the college program.  She has been a Workshops instructor since 2012.

Kari has a deep interest in the techniques, technology, and history of the photographic medium.  While embracing multiple methods in her own work, her most recent series is portraiture employing the 1850s wet plate collodion process (tintypes). 

Dan Snow

Dan Snow was born in Springdale, Arkansas. He completed an Associate of Applied Science degree in graphic design, and received his Master of Fine Arts in photography from Louisiana Tech University. His work is shown in exhibitions nationally and published internationally. Snow's work is in private collections and is in part of the permanent collection of the state of Arkansas.

Snow is an adjunct professor at Northwest Arkansas Community College and is a working photographer in the southern United States.

©Andy Bloxham

Course Dates

Jul 2 to Jul 15
Jul 30 to Aug 12




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