Photography Atelier is a portfolio and project building course for emerging to advanced photographers taught by Emily Belz and assistant Dennis Geller. 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 and taught by Karen Davis for 7 years. Meg Birnbaum normally teaches the Atelier but will be on Sabbatical until Spring 2019. 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 Atelier is held on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 – 9:00 or Wednesday mornings from 9:30 – 12:30. The next Photography Atelier begins September 11, 2018, and runs until December 12, 2018.
“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 and Emily Betz) who know what they’re talking about, assignments that will push you to take your work farther, 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 through New England.”
– Edward Boches, Atelier 24, 26, 28
See the dates and registration information for Atelier 29.
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