Monday, February 2, 2015

The 1st of the Focusing Series February Workshops-The Artist's Archive: How to Visually Document Your Portfolio

As an educator, Creative Coach and painter, I can’t tell you how many times I have heard variations of the following comments from fellow artists:

“I want to build an art career but I don’t know how to upload images online.”

“The photographs I take of my art always come out so terrible.”

“I paid a professional photographer to take pictures of my artwork, but I have absolutely no idea what to do next with the disc he gave me.”

No matter where you are as an artist and regardless of what you want to do with your art, having visually appealing photographs that accurately present your artwork is a must.  At the very least, these photos document your artistic growth and development.  In the past, The Focusing Series hosted a workshop on how to create the best images of your work using a light box.  This year, in order to better serve our artist community, we have designed a two-day workshop that will take participants step by step through the entire process of creating a portfolio of your work. 
Professional photographer, Gretjen Helene has taught at other institutions such as the Griffin Museum of Photography and she is excited about working with students over the weekend of February 14-15.  The workshop is five hours total (1-3:30pm both days) and will cover how to select the best settings on your camera for photographing your art, how to take great photos both indoors and outdoors, how to transfer your images from your camera into your computer, and then how to improve and organize those images through enhancement, labeling, tagging, culling and managing your files so that future use is easy.

Having organized files of visually appealing images lets you readily create new opportunities for sharing and selling your art.  Students need to bring a laptop and camera to both Saturday and Sunday.

Registration ends at 5pm Wednesday, February 11.  To find out more or join in: focusingseries@gmail.com or 617-955-3472.  Students must be fully enrolled by the registration deadline in order to participate. The workshop will be hosted at the Eliot School in Jamaica Plain, MA.

We hope you will join us for this workshop or other offerings throughout 2015. To view this year’s Focusing Series catalog, click here.