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

Photo by: Ben Severance

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 $150 over the two-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

This class is part of a multi-course sequence and may qualify for a discounted tuition of 10%.  Contact registrar@mainemedia.edu for details.


"The diverse backgrounds and personalities of the people we are surrounded with allows everyone to be themselves and focus on what we came to do and have fun"
- Ava Powchick, Croton-on-Hudson, NY

"MMW challenged me to grow & change as an artist. I'm so grateful to have been exposed (no pun intended) to such a creative space."
- Mya Elliot, Gardiner, ME

"I came here to gain better technical skills. Little did I know I'd make great friends & gain a deeper artistic eye."
- Simons Finnerty, Atlanta, GA

"This has been the best two weeks of my summer so far! I had so much fun."
- Laura Telischi, Miami, FL

"The program connected me with a group of kids who helped me understand more about myself and the world of art around me. To think I was losing hope in my own generation."
- Tess Gruenberg, New York, NY


Andy Bloxham

Photo by: Frank Hamrick

Growing up, Andy Bloxham turned to his imagination for activity. This playful, creative approach to life extended to his adulthood, where it took form in photographic storytelling. Creating what he considers imagery made through a smirking camera, his personal work of fictional narratives have appeared throughout the world in numerous group and solo exhibitions, publications, and online media.


Isabel Foley

An artist and educator, Isabel Foley first discovered photography under the glow of the safelights in the darkroom at Guilford College. The camera quickly became her preferred medium, and thus began a lifelong obsession with the communicative and artistic possibilities of the photographic image. After earning a BFA at Guilford, Isabel went on to earn her MFA at The Savannah College of Art and Design and has been teaching and photographing ever since. In addition to working with Maine Media, Isabel has served on the Community Programs faculty at The International Center of Photography in NYC. While constantly creating and exhibiting her own photographic work, Isabel is also a photo editor having worked at The New York Times Syndicate and is currently based in San Francisco where she is a photo editor at Flickr. Drawing on her background as a photographer with an editor's eye, Isabel guides students through the editing process to develop a personal vision, balancing technical skill with creativity. The joy of watching students dramatically fine tune their skills and hone their vision in just a few short weeks brings her back to Maine Media summer after summer.