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.

Workshop sponsored by:  

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

Jay Gould

Jay Gould is an artist and a member of the full-time faculty at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Gould received his B.F.A. in photography from the University of Wisconsin and his M.F.A. from the Savannah College of Art & Design in Georgia. His work, which integrates scientific topics into photographic projects, has won numerous national awards, such as the Berenice Abbott Prize for an emerging photographer, the Jeannie Pierce Award, and First Place at the Newspace Center for Photography’s International Juried Exhibition. Gould’s work is widely exhibited around the country, making solo and group exhibition appearances at the University of Notre Dame, The Julia Dean Gallery in Los Angeles, the Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art, the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art.  His work has been welcomed by the scientific research and medical communities through a variety of fellowships, commissions and installations. Gould also participates in the larger artistic community as a member of the faculty at the Maine Media Workshops and as the former Chair of the Society for Photographic Education’s South Central region.

From one of Jay's students:

"Jay Gould is awesome! MMW is the best!"
- Tim Briggs, Sherborn, MA