Mid-Atlantic Workshops

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  1. SteveH

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    All,
    Anyone have a suggestion for a mid-level printing workshop in the mid-atlantic region ? I know the basics, and can make a 'pretty good' print - but I am lacking the fine skills to make an excellent print. I have looked around on this site and found some basic workshops, but nothing at a mid-level.

    Thanks !
     
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    Try looking at local museum schools. I found a darkroom class at one up here. The instructors were great and I learned a lot.

    Or maybe some of us on the east coast could cajole someone here into doing one nearby.
     
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    I would also be interested if there is one, esspecially around the Virginia, North Carolina area.
     
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    Mid Atlantic? Wouldn't it be rather wet?
     
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    Steve,

    Try local colleges and vocational schools. Some only want full time students, but in an effort to use their facilities as fully as possible most encourage “continuing education”. Many have senior discounts if you qualify. Locally one calls 50 senior. Send flames to Kent State not me. Others start at the Ohio state mandated 60+ program where all you pay is lab and parking fees. I take a full semester $1000 Advanced photo course for $90 in fees and $110 in parking. If it weren’t such a rough neighborhood I would be tempted to park off campus and bicycle in. Compare that to week long workshops and it is quite a deal for Ohioans.

    Some have converted to digital. Some are still wet. If there are several colleges around you they most likely try to have different offerings. Don’t count on someone at one to give accurate information about what is available at others. For many the campus is a world to themselves.

    Example: Cleveland, Akron, Kent area of NE Ohio. Univ. of Akron has wet Fine Art. Kent State has digital Photo-Journalism. Cuyahoga (Cleveland) Community College has digital. CCC used to have wet also, but I have been told that is gone. Someone correct me if this is wrong.

    Good luck in your area,

    John Powers
     
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    All,
    Thanks for your help. Being that Philly is an 'art' town, I'll try my luck there.

    Thanks again,
     
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    There is a workshop on Fine Art Black and White Printing at Peters Valley Craft Center in June. Several on gum, daguerrotypes, Pt/Pd, cyanotypes, kallitypes, etc. Check out http://www.pvcrafts.org
     
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    That was my reaction; could book the QE2 or whatever mark it is now. :confused:
     
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    Ah, you english will never understand ! No ship needed, just gaffer's tape your bag bellows into some swimming wings. Works like a charm =)
     
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    It would do wonders for Les McLean's travelling times and costs and eliminate the need for dish agitation at the workshop. May do a little less for his colour and tones.

    Pentaxuser
     
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    Steve,
    Try this http://www.projectbasho.org/index2.html
    It is in Philly but I have not researched it all.

    One other place in West Chester is the Chester County Art Association. I have taken many classes there and know the people well. http://www.chescoart.org If you are interested let me know and I would be happy to introduce you to the photography instructor.
     
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    I got very excited when I went to th site and saw that they were right around the corner from me. The workshop topics had me salivating...but alas, tuition seems a bit steep. They're probably worth the money, but not within my present budget (the family minivan needs tires).
     
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    Steve,

    What do you expect the workshop to give you? I ask this as seriously as I can. One of the things that can enable photographers to make great prints is to know what a great print looks like. I would recommend spending some time looking at great prints in the flesh. Gallery or Museum. That is the path. The other path is work. Compare what you turn out with what you would like to turn out. If they don't look the same in quality then find out why not. I like to stress that great prints come from great negatives. If you are willing to travel to Tx we could try and setup a fine print workshop with Les for sometime in August.

    lee\c
     
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    Joey -

    Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the tuition prices at Peters Valley are very reasonable when compared with those of more famous schools (eg, Maine Photographic Workshops).
     
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    If you don't mind the drive, look into some options around good ol' B'more (Balmer, Baltimore etc). There are several very good programs in that area, offered as continuing ed classes. Pricewise, they start with Maryland Institute, College of Art at the top of the tree... then work their way down to places like Towson State, Loyola, and even little Villa Julie college has something. Points north of 695 I think also have things - Harford Community College if I'm not mistaken. You're more likely to get what you're looking for quality-wise in Baltimore City itself though. Back when I was taking classes there, some modern masters of photography were working at the various schools around the area. I think unfortunately most of the ones I know have migrated to Maryland Institute (unfortunately for the price, not for the students or the institution). I don't know if he'll ever offer a continuing ed class, or if he will ever do any private workshops, but if you do study at Maryland Institute and use their darkrooms, you'll probably run into Tom Baird, who is a genius printer and photographer, and a wonderful instructor to boot. He's a wiry old goat of a man, cut his teeth with the F64 crowd, is good friends with Ruth Bernhard, and he's always willing to give advice around the MICA darkroom, even if you're NOT his student.
     
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    All,
    Thanks for the ideas. Im going to get to researching and I'll let ya know what I come up with.

    Thanks again,
     
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    I'm in the same GeoLoc, disposition and skill-level as the OP. Would love something in VA.