The 10-day program, which runs from June 21-July 1 allows students to travel through the area’s terrain while experimenting with various forms of image making. Among the locations visited are Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, the National Elk Refuge, the St. Anthony Sand Dunes and an authentic western rodeo.
This WVU program partners with the Jackson Hole Center for the Arts, located in the heart of Jackson, Wyo.
Subject matter covered on the course varies from interpretation of the landscape, to intimate nature studies, to social documentary and portraiture. The course mostly uses digital and 35mm film cameras, although participants will also have opportunities to explore work in medium and large format cameras, and alternative processes. All instruction is targeted to the individual level of each student.
Lectures and demonstrations will cover basic camera operations, beginning to advanced Adobe Photoshop techniques, black and white film processing and more. Also, there will be numerous presentations by professional artists working in the field and a tour of the galleries in town.
WVU’s assistant professor of photography and intermedia, Michael Sherwin, is the lead instructor for the course, along with John Holmgren, assistant professor of photography at Franklin & Marshall College.
Sherwin received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from The Ohio State University in 1999 and his Master of Fine Arts in Photography from the University of Oregon in 2004. After spending eight years in the Northwest, including three years in Jackson, Wyo., Sherwin accepted a position at WVU in 2007.
Holmgren received his Bachelor of Arts from Central Washington University in 2004 and his Master of Fine Arts in Photography from the University of Minnesota in 2007. He accepted his position at the Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., in 2010.
The workshop is being offered through the Office of Extended Learning at WVU so anyone can apply, including non-students or out-of-state residents. No prior photographic experience is necessary.
The workshop fee of $1,900 covers all travel expenses, lodging, studio rental, some group meals, park passes and some photography supplies.
Deadline for registration is April 20. An application and $500 deposit is required by the deadline.
Enrollment is limited to only 12 participants to ensure a significant amount of one-on-one attention.
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