Refine your personal vision and expand your knowledge of B&W photography, view cameras, and advanced darkroom techniques.

This workshop is for young photographers interested in advancing their technical and artistic potentials. A 2-week workshop with an opportunity for our alumni and other advanced teen photographers to expand their knowledge of fine art B&W photography including the Zone System, view cameras, advanced darkroom techniques and fine silver printing, while they complete a portfolio representing their individual artistic voices. We explore the use of large format cameras, toning and print statement, archival printing processes and print presentation.

This course is an opportunity for experienced students to develop and refine their personal vision through additional field and darkroom work as they edit and sequence their images into a personal portfolio suitable for college applications. There are field trips to explore the landscape and architecture, farms and forest streams, fishing villages and flea markets, as well as the people and personalities who live and work on the Maine Coast. There are lectures and demonstrations, discussions and critiques to help you find the strongest threads to your work.

This workshop is open to alumni of previous Young Artist Workshops, and others by permission of the instructor or through a portfolio review. Students must be proficient in the use of their 35mm camera and the darkroom.


This two-week program is designed for high school students between the ages of 14 and 18. Students must be proficient in the use of their 35mm camera and basic darkroom skills or previously completed the Young Photographers workshop.

What you will learn:

Students leave this workshop with a complete single portfolio of work for college preparation or future photography work. Become proficient with the tools, technique and experimentation which enables students to explore other level 2+3 workshops.

What you will need:

Students should bring a 35mm manual film camera, lens, and film. Unfortunately Maine Media doesn’t have film, film cameras or paper available for loan or purchase. Quantities and types will be provided in your acceptance packet.

                    Image Courtesy © Kelsey Logan

About the Young Artists Program: Young Artists’ days are comprised of both classroom and field/location work: lectures and critique, demonstrations, shooting, editing, writing, computer workflow and/or darkroom work, depending on the workshop. All instructors are talented industry professionals as well as experienced educators, and each works with a teaching assistant, providing additional support for their class. The students are busy all day and into the mid-evening hours, attending presentations from visiting master faculty. 

All Young Artists reside at a nearby residence (a motel-style building, with four students to a room, gender specific, and private bath) located 3/4 of a mile from campus. The property is controlled by Maine Media Workshops and is used exclusively by students and their counselors. Students are shuttled to the main campus each morning for breakfast and to begin their day, and are driven back at the end of the each day, following their last class or other scheduled activity. All meals are taken together. Parents can indicate any special dietary needs upon registration. Counselors supervise the students 24 hours a day, and help make group decisions about weekend activities like swimming, bowling, and hiking. Coin laundry facilities are available on campus. A lobster dinner is served (there are other choices) on the last Friday night of each workshop, and all Workshops students gather for an evening presentation of highlights from the week’s work. Parents are welcome to attend and meal tickets may be purchased in the Registration Office.

We recommend students have access to $150 over the two-week period for incidentals, snacks, movies, field trips etc.  

Check-in is on Sunday, between 3 and 6 and departure is on Saturday morning.

A portfolio review is required for this class.

Students may request a transcript be sent to their high school for possible credit.

Tuition Note: includes room and board

This class is part of a multi-course sequence and may qualify for a discounted tuition of 10%.  Contact for details.


"This program exposes you to friendships with different people who you otherwise may not have had the opportunity to meet."
- Madeline Blackman, Natick, MA

"I was resistant to believe this program could actually be life changing, but it was"
- Sarah Grady, Summit, NJ


Isabel Foley

An artist and educator, Isabel Foley first discovered photography under the glow of the safelights in the darkroom at Guilford College. The camera quickly became her preferred medium, and thus began a lifelong obsession with the communicative and artistic possibilities of the photographic image. After earning a BFA at Guilford, Isabel went on to earn her MFA at The Savannah College of Art and Design and has been teaching and photographing ever since. In addition to working with Maine Media, Isabel has served on the Community Programs faculty at The International Center of Photography in NYC.

Isabel has worked as head photo editor for The New York Times Syndicate and is currently based in San Francisco where she works at Flickr exploring new possibilities in photo sharing. Constantly creating and exhibiting her own work, Isabel’s recent projects merge traditional and digital photographic practices. As a photographer with an editor's eye, Isabel guides students through the editing process to develop a personal vision, balancing technical skill with creativity. The joy of watching students dramatically fine-tune their skills and hone their vision in just a few short weeks brings her back to Maine Media summer after summer.

© Mark Hausman

Course Dates

Jul 2 to Jul 15



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