The mission of this scholarship program is to build community through storytelling, by providing support to young artists from diverse backgrounds, and underrepresented communities. This year the program is working directly with Maine-based Youth organizing bodies. If you are interested in this program, or work with an organization who represents the young adults we are looking to serve, please get in touch with us directly at [email protected] and fill out an application here

NOTE: This class will be held in an online format using the Zoom Platform
The Class meets Wednesday 12-3pm EDT, August 5th, 12th, and 26th
(View Full Schedule below)

 ©Alec Manousos

Approaching art as a means of discovery, this Young Artist program teaches the basics of digital photography. Engaging with different ways of seeing, and exploring the transformative power of storytelling.

This workshop is an introduction to digital photography. It covers an understanding of camera basics, such as shutter speed, aperture, and ISO, addresses how to use a digital camera, and how to work with manual settings. Students will be encouraged to master the essentials, and learn to fully utilize the camera as a tool in order to execute their ideas.

Essential to starting their photographic practice is an understanding of other photographer’s work. Looking at a range of photographic genres, students will develop their personal taste while breaking down the elements of a strong image; light, colour, composition, subject matter, and meaning.

Each week students will present their work to the class for critique. This space allows them to practice constructive review, while learning to think about audience and intention. Finally, the workshop will outline what it means to pair content with form, discussing photography as a storytelling tool, and different ways in which they can use this medium to tell their own stories.

Schedule (Times EDT)

Wednesday, 5th August, 12-3pm 

  • Introduction and background
  • Student introduction; example of their work, what is their relationship to photography, what would they like to get out of the class, what kind of photography do they admire
  • Demo; digital camera walk through and refresher, aperture triangle, using manual settings
  • Lecture; introducing photographer’s work, developing personal taste, art as subjective, art as personal, practicing being a constructive viewer
  • Q&A’s


  • 10-minute writing assignment; establishing personal goals
  • 10-minute writing assignment; personal journal
  • Shooting assignment; camera warm up

Wednesday, 12th August, 12-3pm

  • Critique; students share three photographs from shooting assignment
  • Lecture; breaking down a successful image (light, colour, composition, subject matter, meaning), looking at different genres of photography, understanding ways to develop and execute our ideas
  • Q&A’s


  • 10-minute writing assignment; setting constraints
  • Research assignment; finding references
  • Shooting assignment; exploring personal style

Wednesday, 19th August (Assignment Delivery Only, No Class)

  • Students deliver three photographs from shooting assignment for individual feedback (via email or text)
  • Shooting assignment; based on feedback
  • 10-minute writing assignment; artist statement

Wednesday, 26th August, 12-3pm

  • Critique; students share final images 
  • Discussion; photography as a storytelling tool, thinking about intention and audience, exploring the difference between a single frame and a series, why our stories are important
  • Q&A’s


Header image: ©My Mannucci

Share This

Instructor: Madeleine Morlet

Madeleine Morlet is an award-winning photographer from London. She received her BA in Classics with English from King’s College London. For almost a decade, Madeleine worked in video production for companies such as Ridley Scott Associates, Vice, i-D and Somesuch. Her photography is cinematic, dark and deeply romantic. It has been recognized by the Lucie Foundation, Pollux Awards, and Julia Margaret Cameron Awards, exhibiting internationally. Madeleine is the Features Editor for Teeth Magazine.