Photography Atelier is a portfolio and project building course for emerging to advanced photographers and will be taught by Molly Lamb as of Spring 2021. Participants engage in supportive critical discussions of each other’s work and leave with a better understanding of the fine art industry and with an ability to edit, talk about and sequence their own work.
The Atelier was conceived by Holly Smith Pedlosky in 2001 and taught by Karen Davis 2008 – 2014 and Meg Birnbaum 2015 – 2020. The workshop was previously offered at Radcliffe Seminars, Harvard University and Lesley Seminars and in the Seminar Series in the Arts, The Art Institute of Boston (AIB), both at Lesley University.
Instruction in the Atelier includes visual presentations based around 4 class assignments which are designed to encourage experimentation in both subject matter and approach. The remainder of the course allows for students to work on a personal project that culminates in an exhibition at the museum. Students learn the basics of how to approach industry professionals to show their work and how to prepare for a national or regional portfolio review. There is discussion of marketing materials, do-it-yourself websites, DIY book publishing and the importance of social media. Students learn the critical art of writing an artist’s statement and bio.
Any method or medium of image making is welcome although digital photography is recommended for the first half of the class when work is assigned each week. The Photography Atelier has a separate website that displays all of the Atelier’s final efforts. You may see all the ateliers here.
The Atelier is held in the spring and fall each year.
“The Atelier at the Griffin Museum may well be the perfect class for any emerging or serious photographer. I have taken it three times and find it nothing short of inspiring. You’ll have teachers (Meg Birnbaum) who know what they’re talking about, assignments that will push you to take your work further, and the support of fellow photographers who share your passion. Perhaps most importantly, you’ll become part of the robust and welcoming community of photographers that the Griffin gathers and nurtures throughout New England.”
Edward Boches, Atelier 24, Atelier 26 and Atelier 28