Develop a portfolio, and prepare for academic application through class discussion, fieldwork, and lab time.

Student Image by: Julian Klein

The key components of any body of work are clear - concise vision supported by digital craft. This advanced course for teens focuses on developing a high-quality, cohesive portfolio of photographs. Designed to help students understand photography and their own creative process, participants create a group of photographs that will impress college admissions boards and the art world alike. The process of creating work is as important as the final product. Through class discussion, fieldwork, and lab time, participants spend two weeks defining an idea, photographing, editing, printing and asking questions. From portfolio presentation to letters of recommendation, contemporary trends to possible schools, Matt assists students creatively and technically.

Students develop their printmaking craft in the digital lab, making fine portfolio prints for presentation. Students not only learn how to print a cohesive collection of images, but also develop skills to write and speak about their work. Through lectures, slideshows, assignments and critique, students take their work to the next level and prepare themselves academic application.


This two-week program is designed for high school students between the ages of 16 and 18 who are about to prepare their college portfolio submission. Students must have completed an Advanced Young Artist course or equivalent, as students are expected to enter this workshop with a solid foundation of either fine digital or traditional black-and-white printing.

What you will learn:

Students leave this workshop with not only a portfolio of 10-15 images, but also a greater understanding of the academic application process.

What you will need:

Students should bring a body of images (25-50), 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


"MMW has taught me so many things not only about media but also about myself as an artist and a person in general."
- Alicia Price, Lebanon, NH

"To any young artist looking for a chance to enrich their passion, Maine Media will provide the perfect environment and allow for great connections and inspirations to be made."
- Justin Schwartz, Nelson, NH

"It was such an enriching experience that really helped me master photographic skills."
- Meghan Prior, Westport, CT

"These workshops are always amazing and I know I'll be back next summer."
- Thomas Earle, Concord MA

"MMW has been such a life changing experience for me."
- Lily Plstein, Los Angeles, CA


Deanna Witman

© Robert Davis

Deanna is a visual artist, explorer, and educator working in photographic media. She maintains an intense studio practice with her work deeply rooted in ideas of ephemerality, biology, and synergy. Her images are born from the intuition, discovery, and of the sublime. She has been working primarily under a lensless photographic practice for the past ten years.

Her work has been published and exhibited nationally and internationally and is held in many private collections and is represented by Susan Maasch Fine Art, Portland, ME. Her work was has been featured in many publications including most recently Lomography Magazine, 365 Days/365 Artists, as well as Lenscratch, BETA (cover), and Le Journal de la Photographie, as well as The exhibition catalog for her solo exhibition Supercluster Arion and Other Phenomena which includes an introduction by Dr. Alan Lightman was released in 2013. Her pinhole photographs are included in many collections and have recently been included in the Bascom’s American Art Today: Figures exhibition and featured in the 2013 Ballarat Foto Festival in Australia. In addition, Deanna received a grant in 2014 from the John Anson KiTredge Fund for a new project in progress. 

She holds an MFA in Photography and a BS in Environmental Science. She currently teaches at Unity College and serves as faculty at Maine Media Workshops + College, Rockport, ME.




© Lily L. Polstein

Course Dates

Aug 2 to Aug 15



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