Charles Altschul led the transition of Maine Media Workshops + College to non-profit status and served as its President from 2006 – 2011. He Received his B.A. and M.F.A. from Yale University where he also held a faculty appointment as Senior Lecturer. Altschul founded the New Overbrook Press in 1982 (now Camden Hills Press) to publish handcrafted artist books, most notably an illustrated folio signed by Nobel prizewinning author Samuel Beckett. In 1991, he moved to Camden, Maine to become Director of Education at the Eastman Kodak Center for Creative Imaging, a facility that pioneered the teaching of digital arts. Subsequently, Altschul worked with several art schools, including the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York, to integrate digital technologies into their curricula. In 1997, he created the nation’s first B.F.A. program in Multimedia at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Working in both 500-year-old as well as cutting edge technologies, Altschul’s work as an artist and teacher stems from contemporary as well as historical perspectives.
This workshop is for talented teenage photographers wanting to explore and excel in digital photography. In the quest for creative vision students study the technical capabilities of digital camera functions, file management, Adobe Lightroom, printing, and image editing. Each student learns tricks of the trade such as how to use color to create dynamic compositions and how to handle the elements of time, motion, image content, and intent. Through hands-on instruction, assignments, and critique, learn to photograph people, landscape, architecture, interiors and conceptual subject matter all in the absolute stunning backdrop of Maine summer.
Students participate in various shooting assignments and digital lab work. Both individual and group critiques are held daily.
This one-week program is designed for high school students between the ages of 14 and 18. It is an entry-level workshop and no prior experience is necessary.
What you will learn:
Students leave this workshop with a solid understanding of the core foundation of photography, digital capture and image printing which enables students to explore other level 2 workshops.
What you will need:
Students should bring a DSLR camera, lens, memory card and a minimum of 120GB Hard Drive. We have cameras and accessories available for loan for the duration of the workshop if needed.
About the Young Artists Program: Young Artists’ days are comprised of both classroom and field/location work: lectures and critiques, 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 PM and departure is on Saturday morning.
Tuition Note: includes room and board
Students may request a transcript be sent to their high school for possible credit.
"Maine Media Workshops was a great experience, a place to meet fellow teen artists and learn from experienced staff"
- Aaron Mason, Noblebaro, ME
"I learned that there are so many tricks to photography."
- Kyra Hahn, Nazareth, PA
"I think every kid should experience MMW because it is truly a gift and I feel so lucky to be a part of it."
- Julia Plummer, Falmouth, ME
"Going to Maine Media Workshops was a great experience for me because it gave me more confidence about my photos."
- Kelly Zimmerhanzel, Schertz, TX
"I learned a lot, met new friends, ate new food, and photographed it up!"
- Liv, New York, NY
"I think the training and programs we got to use were amazing"
- Hannah Bolduc-Jackson, Raymond, ME
"Maine Media is the perfect place to meet people who share your same interest and work together as a creative group of young artists."
- Giacomo Cabrini, Milan, Italy