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Adobe Lightroom Photo Software Workshop Series: All Things Adobe Lightroom

Evening Class

Adobe Lightroom Classic is the main photography editing software used by photo hobbyists and professionals. This powerful software is all you need to catalogue, organize, find, edit, print, resize and export your photos.

This will be an open forum to help students with their questions on how to use Lightroom. Each class will be tailored to the students questions and needs. Bring your questions and be prepared to have fun and learn how to get the most out of this essential photography tool.

It is recommended to have Adobe Lightroom Classic installed on your laptop prior to the class.

Each class is a stand-alone class. Students can register for both classes or individual classes. Use the drop-down menu to register.

The fee for both classes is $70.00; individual classes are $35.00.
Class Limit is 12 students.

COVID POLICY – Only fully vaccinated students will be permitted to attend classes. Physical proof of vaccination will be requested on the day of class (one time only). Don’t forget to bring your vaccination card. Masks are optional.

*Students must be registered and paid in full three business days before the start of the class/workshop. Exceptions only with permission from the Director of Writing Programs.

Get to Know and How to Take Better Photos with Your Digital Camera

Learn how to better use your digital camera’s functions and modes to take more creative and compelling images. **Recommended camera is a digital DSLR or mirrorless camera with various modes and functions.   (No Cell phones)

Session 1 Basic camera functions and using Shutter Priority mode for sharper images and creative effects

  1. Going over basic camera buttons including adjusting diopter to fit your vision
  2. Learning the two functions and buttons of shooting images and the playback and reviewing of images.
  3. Understanding exposure triad of ISO, Shutter and Aperture to achieve proper exposure. Call will focus on shutter priority mode and understanding shutter speed for sharp images and as a creative tool for freezing motion and using creative long exposure photography.

Session 2 Using Aperture Priority mode for controlling depth of field in your images

  1. Understanding exposure triad of ISO, Shutter and Aperture to achieve proper exposure. Class will focus on Aperture priority mode to use depth of field as a creative tool.
  2. Using exposure compensation to fine tune exposure of your images.
  3. If time permits, using histogram and blanks to fine tune exposure.

Session 3 Achieving Proper Focus

1. Using single point focus to take control of the auto focus function of your camera.

2. Using various shutter modes including single shot, multi shot for sports, and self timer mode.

3. How to use the stationary focus mode and moving focus mode for proper focus of stationary and moving subjects.

4. Setting up your camera, changing file size and file formats.

5. Understanding white balance and how to adjust

Session 4 Photography in the digital age

The Digital Darkroom – Taking your photos from your camera to your computer. Ways and methods to store and edit your photos.

Using computer software and editing programs to edit, enhance share, resize and reformat your photos for webs, social media, print and email use.  Learning how to transfer your photos from your camera to your computer or mobile device for storage and editing.

The fee for the 4-week class is $90. Class size is limited to 8 students.
Please let us know which type of camera you are using before class starts. Please send to John at:

johnmunnophoto@gmail.com

COVID POLICY – Only fully vaccinated students will be permitted to attend classes. Physical proof of vaccination will be requested on the first day of class.(One time only) Don’t forget to bring your vaccination card. Masks are optional.

*Students must be registered and paid in full three business days before the start of the class/workshop. Exceptions only with permission from the Director of Fine Art/Photography.

Beginning Colored Pencil Class

This is a 2-day, 4-hour, colored pencil workshop with award-winning artist Sandie Daignault and is designed for beginners. Students will work in a small group setting and will start with value exercises and basic layering techniques that will serve as a foundation for more advanced work. This is not an adult coloring activity.

Once basic skills are taught students are welcome to join the intermediate and advanced workshop where students work more independently on their own work. Each student will receive their own box of 23 Prismacolor colored pencils for the class, which can be used in future classes.

The fee for the 2-day class is $130 which includes all supplies. 

Workshop is limited to 6 students. 

Sandie has had a passion for art and art education since college. After retiring in 2011 from a 35-year corporate career, she began teaching art education in Loveland, Colorado to middle school students in after-school programs. She was a substitute teacher there for two years from 2012 – 2013.

In 2013, she came back to CT and began volunteering in the ASAP (After School Arts Program) in Washington, participating and assisting teachers in Region 12 primary school. She became involved with Washington Arts Association, volunteering at art shows and events.

Sandie began taking art classes through WAA, Silvermine Art Center, Rowayton Arts Center, Brookfield Craft Center and several other adult education programs across New Haven and Litchfield Counties. Most recently she has been with Arts Escape since 2018 taking classes in Colored Pencil and Pastel with Rita Paradis, Watercolor with Betty Ann Medieros, and Acrylic with Anda Styler and Souby Boski.

Her art has been awarded prizes during the Threads member juried shows at Arts Escape in 2019 and 2020. Several pieces were published in the 2019 Fresh Ink annual journal of Naugatuck Community College. Her work has been shown at WAA and at the 275th celebration event at Averill Farm in Washington, CT.

She has self-published two books of her poetry and artwork, Poetry Expression I and II.

Sandie has two works in acrylic accepted into the 2021 Ridgefield Guild of Artists 44th annual juried show.

***Students must be registered and paid in full three business days before the start of the class/workshop. Exceptions only with permission from the Director of Fine Art/Photography.

COVID POLICYOnly fully vaccinated students will be permitted to attend classes. Physical proof of vaccination will be requested on the first day of class or you may email a copy of your card prior to the class by sending it to: info@artsescape.org. Masks are optional.

Independent Colored Pencil

Students will work in a small group setting of no more than 9 students. This class is designed for students who have taken the Beginner/Intermediate workshop and have completed the Pear exercise.  Once basic skills are taught students are welcome to join the Independent Colored Pencil workshop. Students in this workshop will work more independently but still with instruction on their own work. 

The fee for the 2-hour workshop is $65 and no supplies are included.  Class size is limited to 9 students.

Students are required to bring the listed supplies to class:

Pumice stone

Stylus pen (available to purchase at Arts Escape – $10)

Kneaded eraser

Museum putty

Battery operated eraser (optional)

Prismacolor pencils:

Lemon yellow                               

Sky blue light                                

Kelp green                                     

Indigo blue                                    

Canary yellow

Yellowed-orange

Pale vermillion

Carmine red

Poppy red

Spanish orange

Burnt ochre

Sienna brown

Raspberry

Artichoke

Greyed lavender

Pale sage

Cream

Peach

Salmon pink

Goldenrod

Jasmine

Mineral orange

Pumpkin orange

Tuscan red

Black

White

Colorless blender

Col-erase light grey pencil (for tracing)

*Students must be registered and paid in full three business days before the start of the class/workshop. Exceptions only with permission from the Director of Fine Art/Photography.

COVID POLICY – Only fully vaccinated students will be permitted to attend classes. Physical proof of vaccination will be requested on the first day of class.(One time only) Don’t forget to bring your vaccination card. Masks are optional.

Sandie has had a passion for art and art education since college. After retiring in 2011 from a 35-year corporate career, she began teaching art education in Loveland, Colorado to middle school students in after-school programs. She was a substitute teacher there for two years from 2012 – 2013.
In 2013 she came back to CT and began volunteering in the ASAP (After School Arts Program) in Washington, participating and assisting teachers in Region 12 primary school. She became involved with Washington Arts Association, volunteering at art shows and events.
Sandie began taking art classes through WAA, Silvermine Art Center, Rowayton Arts Center, Brookfield Craft Center and several other adult education programs across New Haven and Litchfield Counties. Most recently she has been with Arts Escape since 2018 taking classes in Colored Pencil and Pastel with Rita Paradis, Watercolor with Betty Ann Medieros, Acrylic with Anda Styler and Souby Boski.
Her art has been awarded prizes during the Threads member juried shows at Arts Escape in 2019 and 2020 and several pieces were published in the 2019 Fresh Ink annual journal of Naugatuck Community College. Her work has been shown at WAA and at the 275th celebration event at Averill Farm in Washington, CT.
She has self-published two books of her poetry and artwork, Poetry Expression I and II.

William McCarthy’s Atmospheric Landscape Painting Workshop

Inspire your imagination and loosen up your flow, as Will engages his students by sharing his oil painting techniques which enable him to paint from his imagination and achieve an atmospheric style that captures in essence, the beauty, and the emotion of the landscape. ALL LEVELS ARE WELCOME!

Workshop Details

Day 1 – begins with a lecture and demonstration, then students will launch into a full day of painting and interaction.

Day 2 – will consist of starting new works as well as finishing up the previous days work.

Fee for the 2-day workshop is $285 which includes most of your painting supplies i.e, oil paints, turps, canvas and paper.  

Workshop is limited to 10 students.

William McCarthy is a nationally known artist with works in Public and Private Collections.  He shows regularly on the East Coast and has been featured in American Artist Magazine.  For several years he has been teaching workshops in Rowayton, Hartford, Savannah, Vero Beach & Farnese, Italy. http://WilliamMcCarthyFineArt.com

COVID POLICY – Only fully vaccinated students will be permitted to attend classes. Physical proof of vaccination will be requested on the first day of class.(One time only) Don’t forget to bring your vaccination card. Masks are optional.

*Students must be registered and paid in full three business days before the start of the class/workshop. Exceptions only with permission from the Director of Fine Art/Photography.

*Beginning Colored Pencil Class

This is a 2-day, 4-hour, colored pencil workshop with award-winning artist Sandie Daignault and is designed for beginners. Students will work in a small group setting and will start with value exercises and basic layering techniques that will serve as a foundation for more advanced work. This is not an adult coloring activity.

Once basic skills are taught students are welcome to join the intermediate and advanced workshop where students work more independently on their own work. Each student will receive their own box of 23 Prismacolor colored pencils for the class, which can be used in future classes.

The fee for the 2-day class is $130 which includes all supplies. 

Workshop is limited to 6 students. 

Sandie has had a passion for art and art education since college. After retiring in 2011 from a 35-year corporate career, she began teaching art education in Loveland, Colorado to middle school students in after-school programs. She was a substitute teacher there for two years from 2012 – 2013.

In 2013, she came back to CT and began volunteering in the ASAP (After School Arts Program) in Washington, participating and assisting teachers in Region 12 primary school. She became involved with Washington Arts Association, volunteering at art shows and events.

Sandie began taking art classes through WAA, Silvermine Art Center, Rowayton Arts Center, Brookfield Craft Center and several other adult education programs across New Haven and Litchfield Counties. Most recently she has been with Arts Escape since 2018 taking classes in Colored Pencil and Pastel with Rita Paradis, Watercolor with Betty Ann Medieros, and Acrylic with Anda Styler and Souby Boski.

Her art has been awarded prizes during the Threads member juried shows at Arts Escape in 2019 and 2020. Several pieces were published in the 2019 Fresh Ink annual journal of Naugatuck Community College. Her work has been shown at WAA and at the 275th celebration event at Averill Farm in Washington, CT.

She has self-published two books of her poetry and artwork, Poetry Expression I and II.

Sandie has two works in acrylic accepted into the 2021 Ridgefield Guild of Artists 44th annual juried show.

***Students must be registered and paid in full three business days before the start of the class/workshop. Exceptions only with permission from the Director of Fine Art/Photography.

COVID POLICYOnly fully vaccinated students will be permitted to attend classes. Physical proof of vaccination will be requested on the first day of class or you may email a copy of your card prior to the class by sending it to: info@artsescape.org. Masks are optional.

*Zentangle – Basics & Beyond

This four-week class introduces the Zentangle method through drawing, intentional structured patterns, and creating beautiful personal works of art. Through the art of doodling, students will learn tangles and simple techniques that will inspire and spark their very own inner artist to glow!  Zentangle is a very portable mindful activity that can be accessed at any time. Not an artist? No worries! No artistic experience is needed!

The Beginner class includes all pens and supplies. The fee for the 4-week, 2-hour class is $140, and the class is limited to 15 students.

Watercolor with The Masters with Sandra Cointreau

For each class, students will choose an example painting by a master watercolorist and learn how to recreate that painting. If desired, students can choose a painting done by the instructor to begin.

Students will learn about composition, value contrast, color mixing, color choices, the variety of brushes to use, painting techniques of layering and creating texture, and the importance of a focal point. By learning a wide range of styles and approaches that make watercolor dance its dance, each student sclass will find their own preferred style and approach to working with watercolor. The class emphasis will be on painting; no drawing skills are required.

The fee for the six-week course is $295 and class is limited to 10 students.

*Students must be registered and paid in full three business days before the start of the class/workshop. Exceptions only with permission from the Director of Fine Art/Photography.

After years of work in oils, Sandra Cointreau embraced watercolor as her challenging dance partner in the 80s. She finds the interplay of the range of transparent, granulating. and crystal-based paints with the wide variety of available papers endlessly enjoyable. Sandra, a civil engineer, does engineering fieldwork globally for about a third of the year and travels with her watercolors. She likes to share what she has learned through her thousands of hours of study, and she enjoys teaching. Her work has been included in juried Watercolor Society shows, galleries throughout CT, and Riverwind Gallery in Beacon, NY. She has had solo shows in several CT restaurants.

COVID POLICY – Only fully vaccinated students will be permitted to attend classes.Stu Physical proof of vaccination will be requested on the first day of class or you may email a copy of your card prior to the class by sending it to: info@artsescape.org. Masks are optional.

Autumn Field Photography Workshop

Janie Pierce in Southbury

This Wednesday John Munno’s Fall foliage workshop promises to be inspirational and instructional. You will meet at the Janie Pierce Park in Southbury

200 Transylvania Rd, Southbury, CT 06488 Learn the tips and tricks to capture these magic moments.  The class will focus on lens selection and focal length, camera settings and pointers for finding and capturing such beautiful locations. Other topics include panoramas and HDR techniques for capturing the dynamic range of the scene.
Class will focus on longer focal length zoom lenses from 200mm and up but bring the various lenses that you have.  Also, a tripod is recommended to better aid composition and to help reduce any blur from hand holding the camera.
 John will not be teaching another fall foliage class this year so he encourages you to attend this class if you can.  

The fee for the workshop is $45 and limited to 10 students.

One-Day Watercolor Workshop

Autumn Leaves

Create a botanical watercolor painting of fall leaves in this one-day workshop. The afternoon will start with a short discussion of botanical illustrations and the composition that makes them unique as pieces of art. Whether it be a single leaf or a grouping, the emphasis will be put on composition and watercolor techniques to complete an original painting. Leaves will be provided but students are also encouraged to bring their own. This workshop is suitable for all levels. All supplies are included.

The fee for the one-day, 3-hour workshop is $65 and the class is limited to 10 students.

*Students must be registered and paid in full three business days before the start of the class/workshop. Exceptions only with permission from the Director of Fine Art/Photography.

Leona’s love of botanical art stems from her combined interest in art, gardening and nature. She feels you are never without a subject if you observe the natural world around you. From a young age she has collected antique botanical bookplates and they continue to be an inspiration for her art. She has studied at the NY Botanical Gardens, the Peabody Museum and from many local award winning botanical artists in CT. and NJ. 

“My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece.” ~Claude Monet  

COVID POLICYOnly fully vaccinated students will be permitted to attend classes. Physical proof of vaccination will be requested on the first day of class (one time only). Don’t forget to bring your vaccination card. Masks are optional.