There is nothing like taking to the skies with drones!

The expression of art from a new perspective opens up many opportunities for aspiring young photographers and cinematographers. However, safety is so very important when it comes to this emerging skill and it is imperative that parents fully understand their responsibilities when deciding to buy a drone for their creative teenager.

This comprehensive workshop will teach ‘Yo-Dro’s’ how to fly with confidence and create stunning images. Instruction will begin with micro drones and flight time on a simulator, they will understand the mechanics of the drone. Each student will have a thorough understanding of the importance of safety and adherence to the ever-changing legal requirements before taking to the skies. Once they have passed the flying test, they will learn how to capture the optimum images and footage from the most effective angles.


  • Having fun while learning safe and strong operational skills to help develop confident young pilots who can go on to be young ambassadors of drone flight
  • Instilling a level of proficiency with drone flight operations and assuring a safe foundation for long-term success
  • Instructing young artists on effective ways to shoot video and stills, including correct camera settings, and post-production techniques





Students may request a transcript that they can provide to their high school to apply for credit if desired

We recommend students have access to $75  for incidentals, snacks, movies, field trips etc.

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


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.

Tuition Note: includes room and board


Abbe Lyle

Abbe is a Creative Director, writer and photographer in Northern California. She has been a professional photographer for over 15 years, and has taught corporate groups and individuals in the art of still photography, and how to process using Lightroom and Photoshop. She is a private pilot, and an advocate for the safe use of drones as a form of creative expression. She loves to teach how to safely fly and capture the optimum images from the sky.


Scott Strimple

Scott is a director and Emmy award winning filmmaker who is most recently known for his diverse expertise and effective style of teaching within the aerial photography and filmmaking arena. He is a captain and FAA check airman for a major airline. He is currently helping define the pilot certification standards and training requirements that will influence the framework for drone use within the US. Scott is a frequent speaker and presenter at many industry filmmaking and photography gatherings.


Course Dates

Jun 25 to Jul 1



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