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Photography Workshops 2015

The summer 2016 workshop schedule will be posted in early December. 

- Lunches are included in the price of tuition. Visit our Lodging and Meals page to learn more about our on-campus options.

- Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day and the studio is open most evenings for open studio work if desired.

- A printable version of this studio's offerings is available by clicking here


Architectural Photography: Technique & Philosophy
Rick Wright
June 12-15

The Architectural Photographer draws on a wide array of skills to produce memorable images that convey a sense of place, an expression of the architect’s ideas, and a connection to landscape and surroundings. Rick keeps it fun; breaking down the complex process of shooting buildings by locating “The Big Idea” in any shoot. What is the story of the building, the home, the farmhouse, the cabin? How does it relate to the terrain, neighboring homes, the nearby town? In short, what makes this built structure special? Once you start cultivating your own stories, your photography gets simpler and very focused! Perspective and Composition become your chief cohorts as you bring the building to life. Choice of focal length, aperture, focus plane, tripod technique, time of day, white balance, compositing, basic lighting, tilt shift lens work, and many other technical aspects will be explored. Basic and some advanced post-processing Lightroom techniques will be illustrated. Given the array of beauty at Peters Valley, we will have fun choosing and shooting many buildings: both interior and exterior. Much of our time will be in-the-field with ample time devoted to critique and discussion. The key to my work is expressing something vital and singular about the structure; what it feels like to live in that space.
Rick Wright is an architectural and fine art photographer with his studio in Philadelphia, PA. He practices and teaches photography as a malleable medium. Though initially trained as a painter at Princeton and Columbia Universities (BA and MFA), he later studied at ICP in NY with John Loengard, Susan Meiselas, Danny Lyon, and Nan Goldin. His photographic life is a blend of personal work, commercial work, and dedicated instruction. Rick is collected in several permanent collections; recently added to The University of Pennsylvania's Collection. Wright has kept a studio in Philadelphia for the past 10 years and teaches photography at various venues including: Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia Photo Arts, Digital Photo Academy, as well as his own classes in large format camerawork.
Tuition: $480
Studio/Materials Fee: $40

Craft Yourself Online!
Ennis Carter, Social Impact Studios
June 13-14

Spreading the word today can be challenging. But with so many new forms of media, it’s a great time to represent your work and your journey as a craftsperson online. You just need the skills to make the most of what’s available. In this 2-day workshop, we’ll review theory about online communications; review the ins & outs of online tools; and dive in for hands-on practice (with your laptop or tablet) to fit your individual style and needs. We will cover; best ways to showcase your work online, building or joining artist & gallery websites, how social media can be a tool for working artists, online promotion & advertising, building a global community of people who love your work. Whether you need a basic website or to dive into social media, you’ll have the opportunity to focus on what fits you and your abilities the best. By the end of the workshop, we want you to walk away with the basics in place, knowledge of tools, and the skills to enhance your online presence over time.
Beginner and Beyond
Ennis Carter opened Social Impact Studios in 1996, since then Social Impact Studios has combined artistry & activism to promote important social issues. They believe good causes should get more attention than anything else. And they believe thoughtful, beautiful and meaningful communication is still the best way to engage and motivate. Social Impact Studios is a creative hub where groups and creative activists collaborate, learn and do the work. From concept to creation, they design action plans, visuals, messages and moving grassroots experiences that make a social impact – together.
Tuition: $300

Experimental Digital Photography
Sandra C. Davis
July 10-14

In five days, you will explore four different techniques to make your digital images unique and personal. Here is a great way to integrate digital photography with hands-on techniques that result in images on a variety of surfaces. Have you ever wanted to alter the surface of a digital print? By using an encaustic technique you can hand paint with oils, make collages and embed found objects onto your digital prints. If you are bored with making digital prints on expensive chalky white or semi-gloss paper, you will also be exploring a way to print directly onto almost any artist paper, including colored papers and hand-made papers. You will learn to transfer digital images onto artist paper, fabrics, wood, glass, stones, shells, and more. By using a similar technique, you can also make your images translucent. Experiment with images through digital manipulation, altering the surfaces of printed images and apply images to fabric, metal wood and artist papers. The best part is: these processes are safe and non-toxic and require very little clean-up.
Beginner and Beyond
Sandra C. Davis is a photographer whose haunting imagery is about capturing remembered moments from the past, exploring history through photographing what remains from previous eras. She prints these images using the historic photographic processes of gum bichromate and cyanotype. She has been teaching non-silver printmaking processes for over twelve years at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She also teaches darkroom photography and alternative processes at Mercer County College, NJ. She has contributed to A Non-silver Manual by Sarah Van Keuren and has work published in The Book of Alternative Processes, Second Edition by Christopher James and Gum Printing and Other Amazing Contact Printing Processes by Christina Z. Anderson. Her award-winning images have been exhibited internationally and are in public, corporate and private collections
Tuition: $560
Studio/Materials Fee: $80

Basic Rhino Training for 3D Printing
Darlene Farris-LaBar
July 17-21

With computer aided design technology artists are no longer tethered to the studio. Through a series of projects participants will learn how to navigate the user interface of Rhino software program and learn how it is used in the various 3D manufacturing industries. Participants will learn to customize the 3D modeling environment and create basic 3D objects such as lines, circles, squares, surfaces and solids. They will also convert 2-D drawings to 3-D models to create objects prepared and ready for 3D printing using services available online. You do not need prior experience but you must know how to use the laptop you need to bring with you to this class. A basic understanding of computer design software is encouraged.
Darlene Farris-LaBar is both an associate professor of art at East Stroudsburg University and an internationally known artist. She holds a MFA from the School of Art and Design at SUNY, Purchase College, a BFA at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and an AAS in Digital Media Arts from the College of Technology in New York City. She has a diverse art background with skills that include painting, welding, graphic design, video art, 3D digital design and printing, and much more. Farris-LaBar recently had two solo exhibitions located at the Madelon Powers Gallery, East Stroudsburg University, Pennsylvania and The Art Lab at Columbus University, Georgia. The shows offered 3D printed sculptures, video and photography of native plants significant to the Pocono Region.
Tuition: $560


Photographic Revelation: Digital Explorations
Jennifer Moller
July 24-28

Have you used and invested in a DSLR camera but feel like you could go so much further with focused time and instruction? We will cover the nuts and bolts, software workflow process, and discussions about content and meaning in making of a photograph. We will be shooting in the environment at Peters Valley and outside at night at least one evening. This class is for an advanced beginner or intermediate student who has their own DSLR camera, laptop, Lightroom and Photoshop software. Students can expect to leave this workshop having a solid understanding of how to use the creative controls on their DSLR cameras, a better workflow and archival process and some insights into what to do with their passion for photography.
Advanced Beginner to Intermediate
Jennifer Moller has been making her way in the world as a professional photographer, media artist educator and has taught her skills to hundreds of students. One of her favorite awards is the Press Women of New Mexico where she had a photography business for over a decade. Jennifer also draws and works on paper and has brought many of her creative interests together in installation work. She created several public installations at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, including the video installation “seas,” which now is in the private collection of the Hood Museum at Dartmouth, Mass. In 2010, Jennifer had the honor of being invited to teach animation at the Institute of American Indian Art. Right now, She is developing and exhibiting a body of fine art photography titled, “Pools; Mighty Plentitude.” She has printed this work at 40” x 40” on aluminum. Jennifer has been teaching at the college level for the past ten years after earning an MFA from Maine College of Art in 2003.
Tuition: $560
Studio/Materials Fee: $40

Location Lighting and the Environmental Portrait
CJ Harker
July 31-August 4

Participants will learn to critically evaluate available light in environmental portrait scenarios and modify that light to realize their artistic vision. This class will introduce and demonstrate different reflectors, diffusion, wireless triggers, speedlights, studio strobes and various modifiers. Each day participants will share and review their work, go over basic after-capture processing in Lightroom and/or Photoshop and brainstorm the next shoot. Everyone should come into this class prepared with an interest in portrait photography, a small sample of their work to share, a DSLR camera and a laptop if available. Extra credit to those who already have their own lighting tools. Bring what you have and learn some new tricks.
CJ Harker is a portrait and documentary photographer from Trenton, NJ working in digital and traditional film formats as well as historic and alternative photographic processes. Prior to receiving his BFA from The University of The Arts in Philadelphia where he currently resides he spent a summer at Peters Valley as a Photography Studio Assistant. His work has been featured in several national publications and won a number of regional and national awards. He is currently freelancing and working as a staff photographer for Skate Jawn magazine, an international skateboard publication based in Philadelphia.
Tuition: $560
Studio/Materials Fee: $5

Wet Plate Collodion Photography: Tintypes to Ambrotypes
Craig J. Barber
August 7-11

The Wet Plate Collodion photographic process is a beautiful way to create handmade photographs unlike any other. This intensive, hands-on workshop is an excellent opportunity to learn this process. The workshop is designed so you will leave with a solid understanding of the Wet Plate Collodion process, thereby enabling you to continue when you return home. You will learn to make both tintypes photographic plates (direct positives on metal) and ambrotypes (direct positives on glass plates). In addition to learning how to pour, expose and develop your plates, you will also learn how to mix the necessary chemical formulas, where to purchase supplies, and how to set up a studio for wet plate Collodion photography. Each student will also receive a "How-to" Handbook.
Intermediate to Advanced
Craig J. Barber is a photographer who travels and works using antiquarian processes and focuses on the cultural landscape. During the past 19 years he has focused his camera on Vietnam, Havana, and the Catskill region of New York State, documenting cultures in rapid transition and fading from memory. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States, Europe and Latin America and is represented in several prominent museum and private collections including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the Brooklyn Art Museum; the George Eastman House, Rochester, NY; and Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina, among others. He has received several grants including the Seattle Arts Commission, the Polaroid Corporation and the New York Foundation for the Arts. In 2006 Umbrage Editions published his book, Ghosts in the Landscape: Vietnam Revisited.
Tuition: $560
Studio/Materials Fee: $190

The Journey into Dreamland in the Peters Valley Landscape
Laurie Klein with Nicole Cudzilo
August 14-18

As photographers and visual thinkers we are storytellers. Every image we make is a form of self-portraiture and self-expression. Through a variety of exercises such as journaling, brainstorming, and tapping into states of heightened awareness we will learn how to gain clarity on what expression we want to give our images. We will be joined by Nicole, a talented photographer, make up artist and model who, as a guide, adds a whole other dimension and vantage point to the creative process. We will be photographing daily with and without models in the prolific Peters Valley landscape; a perfect venue for excavating your inner most stories, wandering to bodies of water, into the wilderness, cemeteries, and historic structures. There will be daily assignments and critiques. By understanding your process as a visual thinker you can learn to expose your inner dreamland.
Advanced Beginner to Intermediate
Laurie Klein is an award-winning fine art, educator, and portrait photographer. She is the author of Photographing the Female Form with Digital Infrared, Hand Coloring Black and White Photography, and her next book The Art & Techniques of Digital Infrared will be published soon. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, New York Magazine, Interior Design Magazine, House Beautiful, Ladies Home Journal, Brides Magazine, Modern Bride, Ridgefield Magazine and others. Her work is held in private collections and museums. Laurie has an MFA in photography from Ohio University and BFA from RIT. She studied with Ansel Adams. Kodak, Fuji, Prismacolor, and Curtis Paper have been her sponsors. A gifted photo educator for over 25 years, Laurie teaches classes and workshops both nationally and internationally. Teaching venues include: Peter’s Valley, Western CT State University, University of Bridgeport, Naugatuck Community College, Ohio University, Phillips Academy – Andover, Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts, and Marco Island Art League. She also mentors high school students who are interested in photography. Laurie Klein is recognized worldwide for her photography, shooting almost exclusively in the arresting infrared spectrum.
Tuition: $560
Studio/Materials Fee: $160

Discovering the Natural World through Technology
Lisa A. Frank
August 21-25

Each day will begin with time spent outdoors. Participants will document their time “in the field” with digital cameras and journals and will collect scan-able specimens where appropriate to bring back to the classroom/studio. Participants will be particularly encouraged to engage with subject matter taken from nature for their projects. Found objects will also be included as source material. Using Adobe Photoshop and flat-bed scanners, participants will turn these exploratory exercises into images. Participants will learn scanning techniques that push the limits of the scanner, making it a tool for dramatic and expressive image making. Methods for enhancing scans and combining them with other digitally generated material will be covered and instruction will be given on the use of advanced Photoshop techniques for composing images. Participants will be asked to experiment with layering, pattern-making, texturing and montage and will be encouraged to experiment with lighting, depth of field and perspective in the creation of their images. There will also be class time spent looking at the work of artists and designers throughout history who have used imagery taken from nature as their inspiration. Basic Photoshop experience will be very helpful.
Beginner to Intermediate
Lisa is a 2014 MacDowell Colony photography fellow. She holds an MFA from the Design Studies Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she also works as a lecturer. She has an extensive professional background as an artist working in New York City where she designed textiles, wallpaper, and innovative surface treatments for residential and commercial interior projects. She painted scenery for the Metropolitan Opera, film and Broadway productions as a member of the United Scenic Artists union. Using her artwork to enhance interdisciplinary explorations, Frank was chosen in 2012 to be a senior research fellow at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She was the first artist to be given this distinction. Lisa teaches many photography workshops around the United States that explore the use of technology to enhance exploration of the natural world. She lives in Madison, WI where she enjoys the companionship of family and dogs.
Tuition: $560
Studio/Materials Fee: $45

Nighttime and Low Light Photography
Rick Wright
August 28-August 31

When dusk descends (or dawn arrives), the world morphs in front of your lens as potent, alluring, mysterious worlds emerge. The difficulty is capturing the essence of these compelling visions inside the camera. We will dispel several of the technical myths surrounding nighttime photography and get you immediately armed with a strong foundation in how your camera can best capture low light images. A solid understanding of ISO, ƒstops, and shutter speeds is essential for gaining the most from this class as we unlock several more settings in-camera. We will be out in-the-field (morning and night) every day practicing the art (and mysteries) of low light photography! We will dive into long "bulb" exposures, high and low ISO shooting, off-camera flash, light painting, white balance effects, intentional motion blur, and more. Fun and experimentation strongly encouraged! "I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day." –Vincent van Gogh
Rick Wright is an architectural and fine art photographer with his studio in Philadelphia, PA. He practices and teaches photography as a malleable medium. Though initially trained as a painter at Princeton and Columbia Universities (BA and MFA), he later studied at ICP in NY with John Loengard, Susan Meiselas, Danny Lyon, and Nan Goldin. His photographic life is a blend of personal work, commercial work, and dedicated instruction. Rick is collected in several permanent collections; recently added to The University of Pennsylvania's Collection. Wright has kept a studio in Philadelphia for the past 10 years and teaches photography at various venues including: Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia Photo Arts, Digital Photo Academy, as well as his own classes in large format camerawork.
Tuition: $480
Studio/Materials Fee: $60


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Special Needs: Peters Valley is committed to being accessible to all of our students. However, the terrain at the Valley is natural and some of the historic buildings are only partially accessible. Paths and driveways are not paved. If you need special assistance, please indicate your needs with your workshop application. At least two weeks notice must be given when requesting special assistance so that we have time to accommodate your needs.