Learn photography with a 35mm film camera, black & white film and silver prints.

Date: Aug 5-11, 2018
Levels: Beginner
Workshop Fee: $1750
Class Size: 12

This course is currently unavailable for the 2018 season. Check out our other offerings on the Young Artist Program Home Page! And be sure to check back in a few months for our full list of Young Artist courses happening in 2019.

Image Credit: Lulu Mourning, Advanced Young Darkroom Photographers 2014

The Young Photographers in the Darkroom Workshop helps talented high school students learn the craft of photography as they develop their skills and improve their ability to see and make images. This comprehensive 1-week photography course uses traditional film cameras, B&W film, and the darkroom to explore photographic vision. There is extensive darkroom training in film development and printmaking, lots of fieldwork, along with an introduction to the history of the medium to help each student form a personal photographic vision. The course includes work in the aesthetic aspects of composition, point-of-view, the moment and subject matter. Students learn how to make fine silver prints in the darkroom, tone, and spot your photographs. They also learn how to edit, sequence images and build a portfolio that can be used in college applications. The days are full and students will be working in the darkroom long into the night under the supervision of our staff and faculty. There are daily critiques, supervised lab exercises and field trips along the Maine coast. Students may also go hiking, kayaking, and swimming. Students photograph each other, the Maine landscapes, the sea and seashore, and leave with new technical skills, an awareness of the creative potential as a photographer, and a new portfolio of work.

Image Credit: Anna Sahkul

This one-week program is designed for high school students between the ages of 14 and 17. It is an entry-level workshop and no prior experience is necessary.

What you will learn:

Students leave with new technical skills, an awareness of the creative process and image printing, which enables students to explore other level 2 workshops.

What you will need:
Students should bring a 35mm manual film camera, lens, and film. Unfortunately Maine Media doesn’t have film, film cameras or paper available for loan or purchase. Quantities and types of material needed will be provided in your acceptance packet.

About the Young Artists Program: Young Artists’ days are comprised of both classroom and field/location work: lectures and critiques, 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, selected staff, 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.

Image Credit: Amanda Piela

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.

Students may request a transcipt be sent to their high school for possible credit.

Tuition Note: includes room and board

Header Image Credit: Amanda Piela

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Instructor: Brenton Hamilton

Brenton Hamilton holds his MFA in photography, earned in 1992, from the Savannah College of Art & Design. He is the Chair of the Professional Certificate in Visual Storytelling program at Maine Media College.

His teaching specialties include, B&W Craft, Historic Processes, and the History of Photography at Maine Media College. Brenton is an enthusiastic workshop leader exhibiting special care and interest in the teaching process and for his students.