What if the image was only the beginning? How do printing techniques affect the emotional content of your photographs?

In this course, students will investigate the visual impact of their creative choices. We will experiment with a variety of cameras (pinhole, 4x5, Holga and whatever else you desire) and printing techniques (paper negatives, cyanotypes, photograms and more). You will be encouraged to think outside the box, combine different techniques, and push your creativity as far as possible.

The beauty of this course is that you will be on your feet, making work with your hands. Go ahead, take a break from your computer!


This one-week program is designed for high school students between the ages of 14 and 18. Students must be proficient in the use of their 35mm camera and have a healthy sense of curiosity.

What you will learn:

Students leave this workshop with a knowledge base of working with experimental printing and image making techniques.

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 will be provided in your acceptance packet.

Students may request a transcript that they can provide to their high school to apply for credit if desired.


Image Courtesy © Joaquim Stevenson Rodriguez


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.  

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


Allison Stansfield

© Allison StansfieldAllison Stansfield is an artist and teacher from Massachusetts. She received her B.F.A. from the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University, where she studied photography. Allison is the co-author of the best-selling textbook Digital Photography with Henry Horenstein, and teaches photography at St. Sebastian's School in Needham, MA. Her personal work is best described as minimalist landscape, and recently she has been photographing the nebulous subjects of light and air.

Jesse Stansfield

Jesse Stansfield is an artist and educator from Massachusetts. He earned his B.A. in photography from Brooks Institute of Photography, and is currently an M.F.A. candidate at Lesley University College of Art and Design. He teaches darkroom and digital photography at Salem High School in Salem, MA. His personal work focuses on issues of culture and politics in and around the landscape, and most recently is interested in ethnographic observation of the recreational users of the tidal marsh on the north shore of Massachusetts. Jesse will be returning for his second year at Maine Media Workshops and couldn't be more excited.


Isabel Foley

An artist and educator, Isabel Foley first discovered photography under the glow of the safelights in the darkroom at Guilford College. The camera quickly became her preferred medium, and thus began a lifelong obsession with the communicative and artistic possibilities of the photographic image. After earning a BFA at Guilford, Isabel went on to earn her MFA at The Savannah College of Art and Design and has been teaching and photographing ever since. In addition to working with Maine Media, Isabel has served on the Community Programs faculty at The International Center of Photography in NYC.

Isabel has worked as head photo editor for The New York Times Syndicate and is currently based in San Francisco where she works at Flickr exploring new possibilities in photo sharing. Constantly creating and exhibiting her own work, Isabel’s recent projects merge traditional and digital photographic practices. As a photographer with an editor's eye, Isabel guides students through the editing process to develop a personal vision, balancing technical skill with creativity. The joy of watching students dramatically fine-tune their skills and hone their vision in just a few short weeks brings her back to Maine Media summer after summer.

© Eliza Beckerman

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