Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Abstract Photography on Whidbey Island"
January 19-20, 2018
 

Whidbey Island is known for its quaint town, picturesque ocean views and pristine beaches. We will take this to a new level and explore the other side of Whidbey. Finding and learning to see abstracts or what could be called photo art is an interesting and provocative experience. We will cover long exposure photography, using shutter speeds and zoom lenses to create interesting effect on commonly photographed subjects as well as the use of special techniques to create the abstract. We will spend time in the field in locations from beaches to junk yards. We will also spend time on our classroom discussing the results and using software to take our work to the next level.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Jack Graham
Cost: $270
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Exploring Selections and Masks in Photoshop"
February 1-3, 2018
 

Do you want to learn how to refine your masks? Do you want to learn tips and techniques for creating powerful, polished photo composites? Do you want a simplified workflow that will allow you to think creatively rather than getting stuck in the details of Photoshop? Award-winning photographer Keron Psillas has prepared a dynamic course that will have you layering, texturing, and compositing like a pro! Come to the Pacific Northwest Art School for three days filled with learning and fun. It will chase the winter blues/grays away! This course is designed for students with a good knowledge of Lightroom Develop module and a basic understanding of adding layers in Photoshop.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Keron Psillas
Cost: $375
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Creative Vision"
April 13-15, 2018
 

This workshop will open your photographic vision to a new way of seeing the world. You will explore the use of light, composition and alternative cameras to take your photographs from ordinary to thoughtful well-crafted images. We will dig deep into what inspires you, what is your photographic intent and discover what your photography is really about. The goal will be to get it right in the camera and spend less time in post processing. All of this will be the building blocks to your own unique personal photographic vision. There will be a mix of lecture, field photography and final analyzing of participants' work.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Tom Kirkendall
Cost: $270
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Photography of Intent"
June 4-8, 2018
 

Join veteran instructor and long-time assistant to Sam Abell and Arthur Meyerson for an expansive week of photography! Through tips, techniques and critical thinking about your photography, Keron will help you deepen the joy and purpose in your photography. Creating intent and building strength in communicating that intent are key ideas in the course. Getting your work seen, publishing photo books, experimenting with layers and compositing, and examining short and long term photo projects are some of the other topics explored during this dynamic week. There is time each day for photographing and daily critiques of work along with one-on-one sessions to support your unique voice. Come join us and expand the possibilities for your photography.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Keron Psillas
Cost: $750
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"The Color of Light"
June 13-17, 2018
 

This renowned workshop is designed for both amateur and professional photographers who wish to strengthen their ability to see and work in color. Through daily shooting assignments, critiques and discussions, participants acquire techniques to become more sensitive to light and its effects on color, composition, texture, pattern, and design. While covering the use and quality of natural light, the main focus is on investigating color from a personal point of view. Arthur guides and inspires participants to help refine an individual style for creative fulfillment. The workshop begins with an intensive review of each participant’s images and a discussion of personal and career goals. Arthur leads group critiques and spends individual time with each participant addressing their photography.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Arthur Meyerson
Cost: $1000
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Fine Art Book"
June 20-22, 2018
 

Join Keron Psillas for an intensive three days of book-making. Keron is an award-winning, internationally published author, photographer and designer, as well as a mentor to a growing body of students. This course will delve into the workflow to create a Blurb book, using Blurb software and Lightroom, as well as overall discussion about printing and publishing options. Keron will share insights, tips, and critical thinking about layout and design that stem from her 20 years in the printing and publishing industry before she became a professional photographer. Keron will also spend time individually with participants working on projects, and there will be time for you to shoot the lovely environment of Whidbey Island.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Keron Psillas
Cost: $450
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"The Travel Magazine Story"
June 28 - July 1, 2018
 

Led by a professional travel photographer and art director, this workshop describes the process of a travel magazine story, from inception to print. The planning that goes into shooting a travel story, necessary and preferred equipment, tips for working on the ground in foreign countries, and submitting images to the client magazine. On the magazine side, photo editing and layout concerns will be described as a peek into the magazine editing process. During the course of the workshop, students will shoot a travel story on Whidbey Island, making use of the surrounding natural and cultural beauty. Photos will be critiqued daily as each student works towards completing a photo story. Individual portfolio review sessions will be available.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Kevin Miyazaki & Korena Bolding Sinnett
Cost: $1200
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Creating Visionary Photographs"
August 7-8, 2018
 

Students learn to take a concept, plan a photo shoot, and create the photograph depicting the concept. This process spans all types of photography, including wildlife, landscape, portraits, and art. The process includes developing a personal “style”, and using the equipment of the trade to accomplish the photographic vision of the photographer. Workshop includes exercises to help “see” the potential of a photographic opportunity, in-camera techniques, and digital darkroom techniques. Students need to bring all their photographic equipment (camera body, lenses, filters, monopod / tripod, flashes, reflectors, shutter releases,etc.). It would be nice if they had a laptop computer to bring, but not necessary.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Karen Ulvestad
Cost: $270
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Creative Techniques & Personal Expression"
August 22-26, 2018
 

Join Nikon Legend behind the lens, Tony Sweet, and award winning nature photographer Susan Milestone, on a creative photography workshop on Whidbey Island, focusing on landscapes, flowers, and Coupeville. There will be daily location shooting, where Sue and Tony will be helping you to achieve the image you are imagining, critique sessions, compositional creativity, and software presentations. This workshop is limited to just 12 students, allowing much greater access to Tony and Susan. Participants are expected to have basic knowledge of exposure and to know how to operate their equipment. Bring a laptop computer with RAW processing and image editing software (Photoshop or Elements) in order to prepare images for critique, and any plugins you have.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Tony Sweet & Susan Milestone
Cost: $1,000
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Taking the Next Step in Fine Art Photography"
September 7-9, 2018
 

It is critical to the growth of a fine art photographer to understand what comes next after creating an image and that today, photographers make work in projects–a series of images that tell a story or explore a subject in depth. This workshop provides an insight into the world of photography and helps photographers package themselves and their work in a professional manner. Throughout the workshop portfolios will be shaped and edited. Participants will learn how to build and write a résumé, how to construct a bio, and how to title and write personal statements about their work. Learn how to submit to publications, photography competitions, and prepare work for exhibition. Information about grants, portfolio reviews and exhibition proposals are also covered.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Aline Smithson
Cost: $500
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Photography After Dark"
September 8-9, 2018
 

Curious about the world after dark? Flummoxed by how to photograph it? This class is for you. Spend two days combining in-class instruction helping you identify and solve the usual technical challenges to low light photography with in-field practice after the sun goes down, giving you a hands-on opportunity to make nighttime photographs. With the shorter days of winter approaching, learn how to make the best use of the nighttime hours to have fun and make some great photos. Class will meet in the late afternoon for in class instruction before heading out for sunset, twilight and nighttime work.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Zeb Andrews
Cost: $270
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Photography as Meditation"
September 28-30, 2018
 

This workshop will examine how photography can be a form of meditation. Both deal with the present moment and call for a high degree of awareness. After a review of Zen and its connection to the arts we will see the relevance of Eastern thought to the photographic process. As well, the workshop will explore how learning to trust one’s ‘intuition’, directly relates to being more creative with a camera. And by cultivating a mindful attitude of ‘inner calm’ participants will find their work strengthened and more expressive. Field excursions in and around Coupeville will provide opportunities to nurture ‘slowness’ as an attribute of a more meditative approach to image-making. Join us for this stimulating workshop on taking your photography to a more contemplative level.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Robert Stahl
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Soulful Photography"
October 5-7, 2018
 

Soulful Photography is a course for anyone who loves to take pictures and wants to take their photography skills to the next level. Learn how to capture images that are not only beautiful, but also a true expression of who you are. Learn how to infuse your creative process with deep thought and feeling, and create images that more successfully connect you with your viewers. The course will introduce techniques in lighting, composition, and exposure, all of which you will be able to practice through numerous hands-on creative assignments. No fancy cameras necessary. Whether you shoot with an SLR, point and shoot, or a smartphone, this course will teach you how to express your creative voice with any tool or device.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Alessandra Cave
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"The Environmental Portrait"
October 13-14, 2018
 

The environmental portrait is a witch’s brew of improvisation, technical mastery, artistic expression, furniture moving and something between psychoanalysis and speed dating – expressed as a photograph. I believe it’s the most difficult, demanding and rewarding of all the photography sub-genres. This course is designed to introduce you to the mindset, techniques, technical intricacies and emotional magic of the environmental portrait and leave you with exciting new tools to explore and expand your own artistic horizons. Rick’s work has been published commercially and editorially worldwide. His client list includes Forbes, ESPN, Rolling Stone, Wired, Sports Illustrated, Time, Gourmet, Oprah, Disney, Microsoft, Adidas, Chrysler, Chevron, State Farm and many more. He’s won many awards and been nominated for a Pulitzer and Magazine Cover of the Year.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Rick Dahms
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Monochrome and Americana"
November 16-17, 2018
 

What is hardest for most photographers, but necessary is visualizing the final image. We have so many choices in determining exposure that thinking about how you want the final image to be rendered determine how you initially make the image in the camera. DO you want the sky light or dark? How do you want to render the clouds? How to handle the tonal relationships must be considered. We’ll dwell on this quite extensively. Often in photography we hear the terms High Key and Low Key. We will discuss and learn to apply these traits which are so important when making monochrome images.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Jack Graham
Cost: $270
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"The Natural Eye"
December 12-16, 2018
 

The week-long Natural Eye workshop weaves together daily eye-opening activities and ideas, fine-tuning technical sessions, time in the field to try the ideas, and daily review of images. All photographers with a working knowledge of their cameras are welcome in this workshop. To participate in image reviews, you will need to bring a laptop, your editing software of choice, card reader, and jump drive. At the end of most days, after class, you will download images onto your laptop, make selections based upon the day’s assignment, convert images to jpegs, rename selected images, place them in a folder, and transfer them to a jump drive for class the next morning.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Eddie Soloway
Cost: $1,000
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


 

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