Nourish your creative vision, collaborate and dive into digital photography on the Maine coast

Photo by: Ben Severance

Immersion in an environment with other talented young artists, experienced photographers and the fresh air and beauty of Maine is a great way to nourish creative vision and dive into digital photography. This shorter one-week workshop is for aspiring teenage photographers wanting to immerse themselves in the taste of digital photography. In the quest for creative vision students in this course explore the technical capabilities of digital camera functions, Adobe Lightroom, and of course image editing. Each student learns tools of the trade such as how to use color to create dynamic compositions and handle the elements of time, motion, image content and intent. Through instruction, assignments and critique, students learn to photograph people, the landscape, architecture, interiors and conceptual subject matter. Students participate in various shooting assignments and digital lab work. Both individual and group critiques are held daily.

Prerequisite:

This one-week program is designed for high school students between the ages of 14 and 18. It is an entry-level workshop and no prior experience is necessary.

What you will learn:

Students leave this workshop with a solid understanding of the core foundation of photography and digital capture which enables students to explore other level 2 workshops.

What you will need:

Students should bring a 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.

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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

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

Testimonials from students in our two-week session:

"Maine Media Workshops was a great experience, a place to meet fellow teen artists and learn from experienced staff"
- Aaron Mason, Nobleboro, ME

"I learned that there are so many tricks to photography."
- Kyra Hahn, Nazareth, PA

"I think every kid should experience MMW because it is truly a gift and I feel so lucky to be a part of it."
- Julia Plummer, Falmouth, ME

"Going to Maine Media Workshops was a great experience for me because it gave me more confidence about my photos."
- Kelly Zimmerhanzel, Schertz, TX

"I learned a lot, met new friends, ate new food, and photographed it up!"
- Liv, New York, NY

"I think the training and programs we got to use were amazing"
- Hannah Bolduc-Jackson, Raymond, ME

"Maine Media is the perfect place to meet people who share your same interest and work together as a creative group of young artists."
- Giacomo Cabrini, Milan, Italy

Instructors

Kari Wehrs

© Mark Edward Dawson

Kari Wehrs is a photographer and educator currently living in midcoast Maine.

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 – LaCrosse 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 1850’s wet plate collodion process (tintypes).  She has become captivated by the tintype process and sees the tintype image as a personal and intimate memento.  This working process appeals to Kari’s desire to make images that survive as a photographic object and record, while also referencing her documentary roots.

Kari loves the camaraderie that the classroom environment can provide and continuously aims to fill her classes with energy and thought-provoking analysis and discussion of the day’s topics.

To view Kari’s work, teaching schedule, exhibitions, and other news, please go to http://www.kariwehrs.com

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