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Summer 2022: Week in Review – July 15

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Date: July 16, 2022

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Another exceptional week here on campus! From handmade papers to seaside cinematography, students explored new tools and themes across the visual storytelling spectrum.

Our second crew of high school students were welcomed onto campus for our advanced Academy workshops: Advanced Digital Photography with Terri Lea Smith and Advanced Film School with Derek Kimball. Both of these two-week workshops are providing these committed young artists with professional-level, hands-on experience with cameras, equipment, and techniques that will propel them into a future in visual arts. Plus, they have the most fun of anyone here.

Lucky Platt moved into the Book Arts Studio for StoryTellers: Handmade Narratives – a workshop focused on broadening the visual possibilities of a story. With tools like storyboards, mind-mapping, handmade paper, and the Crankie (the earliest “moving picture”), Lucky opened up the door to new ways of visual storytelling.

Lucky Platt teaching students in the on-campus Storytellers workshop - Photo by Rafi Baeza
Lucky Platt teaching students in the on-campus Storytellers workshop - Photo by Rafi Baeza
Student laying out painted paper to dry in the summer sun - Photo by Rafi Baeza
Student laying out painted paper to dry in the summer sun - Photo by Rafi Baeza

From the basics to the bold, this week’s photography students embraced new methodologies in their image-making, guided by some of the best in the biz. In Digital Photography I, students had the joy of learning the basics from Séan Alonzo Harris, an accomplished studio photographer, and Maine Media board member. Photographic legend Arthur Meyerson opened his students’ eyes to the infinite possibilities of shooting in color, while celebrated teacher and photographer Sam Abell challenged his students to investigate and revitalize their photographic portfolio. Both workshops – The Color of Light and Moving Forward in Photography – were lucky enough to experience the beauty of Monhegan Island to boot!

Of course, Brenton Hamilton’s students had the opportunity to deepen their photographic knowledge, guided by the master himself, in Advanced Alternative Processes.

And in the film department, Steve Ramsey took looking at light to a whole new level in Feature Film Lighting. His crew journeyed throughout midcoast Maine capturing light in various forms, from a church sanctuary to the Rockland Breakwater.

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