Bookmaking with Blurb

Using advanced software to turn your image library into published work.

The world of online publishing offers an exciting myriad of options for artists. The tools and technology are readily available to create self-published materials from zines to books and portfolios. Publishing your work has never been so easy.

Young artists in this workshop will discover and explore the lo-fi and hi-fi creative possibilities of digital publishing with Adobe Lightroom and Blurb. We will investigate traditional and contemporary design and layout, cover the essentials of workflow and color management, and explore books for inspiration.

In addition to learning the software, participants study and explore the full realm of bookmaking including indie pubs, editing, sequencing, layouts, text, and paper options. Students will be completing at least one book project by class end. Students need to bring a "rough edit" of digital images they wish to have made into a book.

Prerequisite: Computer literacy and basic Lightroom skills are required.

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  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

Instructors

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/