Pacific Northwest Art School
The Pacific Northwest Art School is an Art School located on beautiful Whidbey Island in Washington State. Each year we hold workshops and classes in Fiber Arts, Mixed Media, Painting, and Photography. We are well known for bringing internationally and nationally known visiting faculty members who offer 80 plus workshops a season on stunning Whidbey Island located only an hour and a half drive from Seattle.
Coasts of Whidbey Island
David Cobb, Instructor
September 10-14, 2015
Photographing the Whidbey Island coastline is about as good as it gets. The mornings will be spent capturing dramatic sunrises, photogenic coastlines, a lighthouse, harbors, bays, beautiful madrones, and one or two gardens. During the afternoon, we’ll direct our attention to the classroom where we’ll discuss the basic tenets of photography that include light, color, form, and expression. During the instructional session, time will be spent working on your compositions and critiquing your daily work—then it’s back out for an evening session in the field. This workshop will inspire your creative vision and enhance your technical abilities as you photograph the beautiful island coast. All levels welcome.
People in Places, Places with People
Mark Gardner, Instructor
June 25-28, 2015
Course Description: This workshop focuses on creating images that combine people and place to add emotional impact and tell a more engaging story. People can be a powerful but tricky element in a photograph. Their placement, action and expressions can greatly enhance an image, but can also diminish or completely change it from what you originally intended. Likewise, place can also be a powerful but tricky element in a portrait. Place can help tell a better story about a person, but the person can also get lost in the place which will diminish the power of the portrait and change the image completely.
Abstract Photography on Whidbey Island
Jack Graham, Instructor
May 1-2, 2015 (9am-4pm)
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. Many of the techniques used are those we rely on every day, however we’ll explore new techniques and learn to see a bit differently.
Finding, Seeing & Creating
Jack Graham, Instructor
February 14-15, 2015 (9am-4pm)
A comprehensive seminar covering the important aspects of imagery.
From finding and seeing a subject photographically, using the elements of design to the proper choice of equipment will serve as a basis to furnish a complete and informative seminar.
The Main Event – The Light of Whidbey Island
Jack Graham, Instructor
June 18-21, 2015
The process of making an image that stands the test of time includes proper field technique, creativity and processing technique. Failing to perform one of these aspects will prevent the production of a fine art photograph and print
Black and White, and Not Quite – How to Visualize, Capture and Process Digital Monochrome and Toned Photographs
Denis Hill, Instructor
June 8-11, 2015 (9am-4pm)
This workshop will prepare participants to visualize and produce compelling monochromatic images that transcend both digital color and wet darkroom black-and-white photographs.
Topics to be explored include: identifying good b&w subject matter, visualizing the images, what good is b&w?, visible light vs. infrared capture, how to effect single-image and multiple-image captures, optimal raw conversion, maximizing color to expand black-and-white tonality, monochrome conversion, toning and textures to finalize your art.
We will spend time in the field exploring some of the beautiful State Parks located on the island as well as the numerous rocky beaches, period farms, tidal marshes, lighthouses, Americana of the quaint coastal communities and rolling farmland of Whidbey Island. The island is truly a “photographer’s” paradise. Sunrises and Sunsets are amazing this time of year and we’ll be out to capture them.
Creativity and the Photographer
Sean Kernan, Instructor
July 7-11, 2015 (9am-4pm)
When our first creative photograph breaks through, it surprises us by completely transcending its subject and becoming something else entirely. The picture happens because we are really and fully awake … and we have no real idea how we got there. That’s the mystery, and it draws more deeply into photographing. Most photographers hope that such a flash of awareness will show up at the right time. But you don’t have to wait for it to happen. There are ways to go looking for it. And you can learn them.
The Color of Light
Arthur Meyerson, Instructor
August 10-14, 2015
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.
ON LOCATION – SPRING IN PORTLAND, OREGON
Ray Pfortner, Instructor
May 20-24, 2015 (Begin 6pm on May 20th)
Why aren’t there more urban photo workshops? And why don’t more non-photographer visual artists take photo workshops to hone their photographic skills and take the best possible artist reference photographs (and ones they own outright!) to render in their medium of choice?Join Ray Pfortner, born and bred in New York City, in one of the nation’s finest cities for photography at a perfect time of year. Portland offers a wealth of urban resources in a friendly manageable setting with excellent mass transit and fabulous day trip photo opps, too.
Fine Art Book
Keron Psillas, Instructor
August 1-3, 2015 (9am-4pm)
Join Keron Psillas for an intensive three days of book-making. Keron is an 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. Bring your project for editing help, along with books you admire. We’ll share this with the class. Or simply engage with your fellow students in the discovery of what makes a fine art book. Keron will share insights, tips, and thoughts about layout and design that stem from 20 years in the printing industry before she became a professional photographer.
The Photography of Intent
Keron Psillas, Instructor
August 4-8, 2015 (9am-4pm)
Keron Psillas offers her popular course over five days this year! Discover your intent and develop your awareness while photographing Whidbey Island. Lectures, critiques, insights and skills will spark your creativity and help you discover your visual style. Daily discussions on blogging, social media, book printing, and alternative lenses and editing techniques will help you fulfill your goals in photography. Keron is a much sought-after mentor and she brings her dedication to helping each student achieve their goals to the classroom setting.
The Natural Eye – The Autumn Landscape
Eddie Soloway, Instructor
October 26-30, 2015 (9am-4pm)
A Natural Eye is the core workshop I have been teaching since 1995. The premise is to surround you with different ways of seeing the natural world, and then bring the skills of photography up to those eyes, helping you get what you see into an image. 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 the image reviews, you also need to have an understanding of the digital workflow.
The Poetry of Light: Black & White
Robert Stahl, Instructor
September 18-20, 2015 (9am-4pm)
This workshop in monochrome will interest digital dslr & mirrorless camera users. The emphasis will be on creating ‘poetic compositions’ using light. See how the ‘art of seeing’ depends on the effective use of design elements such as line, shape, texture, and depth. Learn how to shoot monochrome imagery in camera as well as ways to convert color to black & white. Guidelines & tips for more productive street photography will be provided. Field trips and work assignments in and around Coupeville will provide opportunities for students to receive constructive evaluation in class. Also the workshop will allow time for one-on-one sessions with instructor Robert Stahl, which may include previous student work in the form of digital files , prints, or a combination.
Expressive Digital Landscape in Black and White
Carlan Tapp, Instructor
September 21-25, 2015
What is Digital Black and White?
What is Landscape?
Digital vs. traditional wet process
Working in grayscale in Lightroom
Digital camera image capture
Digital darkroom hardware / Software
Computer / monitors / calibrators / scanners / cameras / printer
Calibrating the black and white digital darkroom
Converting color images to grayscale for black and white outputMonday PM – Looking through – Fort Ebey State Park
and this is just the first day of class!
Every Picture Tells a Story: The Personal Project: Soup to Nuts
David H. Wells, Instructor
September 9 (6pm) – September 14 (noon), 2015
While every picture tells a story and each one is worth a thousand words, certain photographs tell stories more directly, with more impact and emotion. David H. Wells has spent the last four decades telling stories, through photo-essays, for publications, exhibitions and organizations.
A photo-essay is a collection of photos that are unified by the subject matter and are photographed in a way that shows the photographer’s point of view. The point of view can be one of love or hate, appreciation or disdain. The subject matter can be equally diverse, whether a political situation or a specific place or a cultural trend. All that matters is that the images are unified and they tell a story from the photographer’s point of view. Although many photo-essays are documentary in nature, they can also emphasize, for example, urban architecture, self-portraiture or ethnic rituals.
Beginning Digital Photography
Doug Wilson, Instructor
July 25-27, 2015 (9am-4pm)
Whether your camera is a Point & Shoot or a sophisticated Digital Single Lens Reflex, Doug Wilson’s Beginning Digital Photography will show you how to set the various camera modes, so you will understand the camera’s capability, learn to see how light effects the outcome of your images, learn composition, how to photograph a photo essay, a little about selling your photographs, and how you make note cards and other photo layouts using a word processor.
The Perpetual Tourist Photo Workshop: AKA How To Photograph Your Home Town
Doug Wilson, Instructor
July 18-20, 2015 (9am-4pm)
Supply Fee: $10
This workshop in Coupeville is where students will learn how to photograph a destination for a publication or blog or perhaps just for their own pleasure.
Sight and Insight
John Wimberley, Instructor
July 24-26, 2015 (9am-4pm)
The most important aspect of photography is seeing. While equipment and technique have their place, it is the quality and depth of ones seeing that ultimately determines whether a picture is successful or not. Light reflected from surfaces is recorded by the camera, but it is the job of the photographer’s eyes to see through those surfaces to the meaning within.
In this exciting workshop we will examine how best to use one’s eyes, mind and body when photographing. We will explore the relationship between energy and seeing, and uncover factors that limit the depth and scope of our seeing. In addition, we’ll learn techniques that allow us to perceive and respond to our surroundings at increasingly meaningful levels. The goal will be to have our pictures convey a richer, more insightful experience of the world.
Based on workshops in how to photograph the highlights of Seattle’s tourism destinations, you will find Coupeville on Whidbey Island an exciting destination where you will have plenty of time to photograph Coupeville and surrounding areas, along with class time featuring PowerPoint presentation on doing travel photography for your own pleasure or publication.