PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS

Sohn Fine Art's Education Program features unique photographic workshops  in the Berkshire area taught by our talented artists. We give local and visiting students the opportunity to learn from photographers in the top of their fields. 

 

 

MASTER ARTIST SERIES (MAS)

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Introduction to Photography
Cassandra Sohn
2 Day Intensive Weekend Workshop
Saturday, November 14 & 15
9:00 - 5:00 both days
 
Location: Sohn Fine Art 
69 Church Street, Lenox, MA
 
$350
 

Course Description:

 

Designed for the enthusiastic beginner, this hands-on workshop will focus on the essentials necessary to get started in the photographic process. This course is for students who want to learn how to have greater control over the outcome of their images. Digital and film will both be covered. Students will learn how to manually create a correct exposure using aperture, shutter speed and ISO. You will be introduced to the full range of camera basics from image capture and editing to different file types, film, and workflow issues. You'll learn methods for composing, printing, and storage.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:

 

Cassandra Sohn is a freelance and fine art photographer originally from Santa Fe, NM. She owns Sohn Fine Art Gallery, Printing, Framing & Workshops and runs all departments of the company, including the founding of the Master Artist Series program. She teaches photography through her company's education program, as well as at IS183 Art School of the Berkshires and Berkshire Community College.

 

Sohn graduated from the New School in Manhattan with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Photography. She has been featured in many books, and was the main contributing photographer in the book, Window on the Park - New York's Most Prestigious Properties On Central Park, published by Images Publishing. Sohn exhibits internationally and most recently had shows at Chesterwood in Stockbridge, MA; Center for Photographic Art in Carmel, CA; SW1 Gallery in London, UK: The Leichtenstein Center in Pittsfield, MA; Berkshire Botanical Garden in Stockbridge, MA; Ferrin Gallery in Pittsfield, MA; Tappan Z Gallery in Tarrytown, NY; Canyon Ranch, and Cranwell Resort Spa & Golf Club in Lenox, MA; Dream Studios and Gallery in Chelsea, Manhattan, the Zenith House - Devon Artist Network in Exeter, England, and the William Cullen Bryant Homestead in Cummington, MA.

 

Sohn photographs for a variety of clientele, including Berkshire Magazine, Artful Mind Magazine, Mahaiwe Performing Arts Theatre, the Berkshire’s Visitor’s Bureau, Berkshire Record Newspaper, Chesterwood, Schantz Galleries, Travelraters, Images Publishing, Douglas Elliman, Kinderhook Realty and the nonprofits City Harvest and Habitat for Humanity. She also photographs weddings, events and portraits.

FROM CAPTURE TO PRINT, CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY & THE iPHONE
John Clarke

1 Day - August 17, 2015
8am - 4pm (with lunch break)
Location: Sohn Fine Art & Shoot Location (Housatonic, MA)

69 Church Street, Lenox, MA

 

 

​$150
 
(Includes materials fee and one print of your own work to take home)
 
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The iPhone is a portable home computer, a personal messaging center, and a portal to a world wide web of ideas and information. It also has the capabilities of producing beautiful, art-quality images. In this day-long intensive workshop, students will be introduced to some of the creative possibilities of iPhone photography. They will be led through a workflow from capturing the highest quality images, manipulating them through various apps, and preparing them for print or presentation. Each student will explore firsthand a variety of cameras (the internal iPhone camera isn't the only option!) and apps as they refine their vision and aesthetic. Using Photoshop as a final tool, students will learn how to properly resize and prepare their images to produce the highest quality print possible. The end of class will be an optional mixed media session where you can learn how to draw or paint with medias such as pastel and more onto your print. All students will leave with an archival pigment print of one of their images.
 
All students must have an iPhone 4 or above and have a basic understanding of Photoshop 
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:

 

Born in Central Massachusetts, Clarke has lived throughout the Northeast, from Maine to Pennsylvania, Clarke now resides in Berkshire County. Clarke earned his degree in classical music composition from Bates College.
 
Often described as a “renaissance man,” John’s creativity spans many forms. As a visual artist, John works with many media including photography, oil paints, pastels and pencil. His subject matter is usually natural in origin, but often abstracted in some way. Reflections on water, blurred forest scenes, and misty landscapes are common themes in his photographs. Trains and train yards have been a subject matter throughout all of Clarke's medias. He often brings his pastel-like drawing qualities to his landscapes and portraits. 
 
Clarke has also recorded his own album All Beneath Our Train. In addition to songwriting, John has written numerous short stories and has a novel in the works. Many of his stories stem from his extensive travels walking the train tracks and his adventures hopping freight trains.
 
Clarke’s work has been displayed at the Geoff Young Gallery, Art on Main at Barnbrook, the Joyce Goldstein Gallery, the Isha Nelson Gallery, and he is currently represented by Sohn Fine Art Gallery. He was the featured artist in the April 2011, issue of The Artful Mind, and in a recent article in the on-line journal Rural Intelligence,  where associate editor Nichole Dupont described John as a “multimedia abstract master.” 
 

 

Sohn Fine Art Gallery is pleased to host a Portfolio Review Program designed to introduce serious, fine art and commercial photographers to respected influencers in the Berkshire Region and beyond. Perhaps nothing is as important in these times for photographers and artists as getting solid, honest feedback from real-world professionals. Please visit our website regularly for updates on joining Guest Reviewers.
 
The reviews take place over the course of two days, Sunday, September 13 and Monday, September 14. The review event is open to photographers just launching their careers or established pros that are looking for guidance / advice on their work and portfolios. The reviewing blocks are 30-minute meetings with a reviewer of your choosing. The block times begin at 10:00, 10:35, 11:15, 1:00, 1:35, and 2:10 depending on the availability of the reviewer.
 
PORTFOLIO REVIEWS
REVIEWERS:
Cassandra Sohn Sohn Fine Art Gallery Director & Owner)
Anastasia Stanmeyer (Editor at Berkshire Magazine)
Maria Mingalone (Director of Interpretation, Berkshire Museum)
John R. Stomberg, Ph.D (Florence Finch Abbott Director of the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum and the Joseph Allen Skinner Museum )
Ben Garver (Photo Editor at Berkshire Eagle Newspaper)
Jan Nagle (Program Associate at Center for Photography at Woodstock)
 
More Guest Reviewers added daily 
 
 
 
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$100 per review OR $150 for 3, 30 Minute sessions
 
Sunday & Monday, September 13 & 14, 2015
30 Minute Reviews
Blocks start at 10:00, 10:35, 11:15, 1:00, 1:35, 2:15, depending on the availability of the reviewer.
Location: Sohn Fine Art
69 Church Street, Lenox, MA 01240
 
THE REVIEWERS

Cassandra Sohn

Sohn Fine Art Gallery Director & Owner 

AVAILABLE REVIEW BLOCKS:
Sunday 10:00, 1:35 and Monday 10:00, 10:35, 11:10, 1:00, 1:35, 2:10
 

Cassandra Sohn is a freelance and fine art photographer. She owns Sohn Fine Art Gallery, Printing, Framing & Workshops and runs all departments of the company, including the founding of the Master Artist Series program. She teaches photography through her company's education program, as well as at IS183 Art School of the Berkshires and Berkshire Community College.

 

Sohn graduated from the New School in Manhattan with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Photography. She has been featured in many books, and was the main contributing photographer in the book, Window on the Park - New York's Most Prestigious Properties On Central Park, published by Images Publishing. Sohn exhibits internationally and most recently had shows at Chesterwood in Stockbridge, MA; Center for Photographic Art in Carmel, CA; SW1 Gallery in London, UK: The Leichtenstein Center in Pittsfield, MA; Berkshire Botanical Garden in Stockbridge, MA; Ferrin Gallery in Pittsfield, MA; Tappan Z Gallery in Tarrytown, NY; Canyon Ranch, and Cranwell Resort Spa & Golf Club in Lenox, MA; Dream Studios and Gallery in Chelsea, Manhattan, the Zenith House - Devon Artist Network in Exeter, England, and the William Cullen Bryant Homestead in Cummington, MA.

 

Sohn photographs for a variety of clientele, including Berkshire Magazine, Artful Mind Magazine, Mahaiwe Performing Arts Theatre, the Berkshire’s Visitor’s Bureau, Berkshire Record Newspaper, Chesterwood, Schantz Galleries, Travelraters, Images Publishing, Douglas Elliman, Kinderhook Realty and the nonprofits City Harvest and Habitat for Humanity. She also photographs weddings, events and portraits.

AVAILABLE REVIEW BLOCKS:
Monday, 10:00, 10:35, 11:10 
 
 
Anastasia Stanmeyer has been a journalist for more than 25 years. She became editor of Berkshire Magazine in April 2012, while it was still in its planning stages. The first issue hit newsstands that July. She works closely with a number of freelance writers and photographers in putting together this magazine, which ispublished eight times a year—monthly from May to October, and winter and spring issues. She writes for the publication regularly, along with guiding the entire editorial content and assigning photography. She also is the voice of Berkshire Magazine’s social media content. Before coming to the Berkshires, she spent 12 years (1996-2008) living in Hong Kong and Indonesia. She wrote and edited for a number of publications, which included Time, Asiaweek, Newsweek and Stern magazines. She also has contributed to various daily newspapers, including the Dallas Morning News, Christian Science Monitor and San Francisco Chronicle. Early in her career, she was a writer with the Tallahassee Democrat and Tampa Tribune, both in Florida. While at the Tribune, she wrote extensively about the Haitian refugee crisis and traveled to Haiti and Guantanamo Bay. She received her undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Kansas-Lawrence. Anastasia Stanmeyer authored the introduction to the “Island of the Spirits,” a five-year anthropologic
photo/art book on Balinese spirituality.

Anastasia Stanmeyer

Editor at Berkshire 

Magazine

Maria Mingalone

Director of Interpretation,

Berkshire Museum

AVAILABLE REVIEW BLOCKS:
All currently reserved.
 

 

Maria Mingalone, director of interpretation, joined the Berkshire Museum in 2002. She oversees curatorial affairs, education programs for students and teachers, and public programs for families and adults. In the past six years, Maria curated the major exhibitions PaperWorks, Armed and Dangerous: Art of the Arsenal, and M. C. Escher:  Seeing the Unseen, and co-curated Rethink! American Indian Art, and Race to the Top,  among others. Past positions include Executive Director and Director of Programs at the Interlaken School of Art (now IS183 in Stockbridge, MA), and Director of Education at the Socrates Sculpture Part (New York, NY). She holds a B.F.A. from SUNY Stony Brook and an M.S. in Education from the Museum Education Leadership program, Bank Street College of Education (New York).

AVAILABLE REVIEW BLOCKS:
All currently reserved.
 
 
A career teaching museum professional, John R. Stomberg is the Florence Finch Abbott Director of the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum and the Joseph Allen Skinner Museum as well as Lecturer in Art in the college’s Art History Department. Before joining Mount Holyoke, Stomberg spent sixteen years in leadership positions at the Williams College Museum of Art and the Boston University Art Gallery. The primary focus of his work is the intersection of art and culture since 1900. Moving between photography, prints, paintings, sculpture, media art, and installation work, his exhibitions have been conceived to broaden our understanding of how art operates in, and often shapes, society.  He publishes on modern and contemporary art and issues directly related to museums and academia.

John R. Stomberg, Ph.D
Florence Finch
Abbott Director 

Mount Holyoke College Art Museum Joseph Allen Skinner Museum

AVAILABLE REVIEW BLOCKS:
Sunday 10:00, 10:35 and 11:10
 
 

Ben Garver has been photographing news at The Berkshire Eagle for nearly a decade-and-a-half and photographing nature since his youth.

Before living in the Berkshires, Ben lived in New Hampshire, Vermont and his native Ohio. From growing up on his father's farm, going to school at Middlebury College in Vermont to living in the Berkshires, all of Ben's intellectual pursuits have been paralleled with the pursuit of solace in nature.

Ben Garver

Photo Editor at Berkshire Eagle Newspaper

Jan Nagle

Program Associate at Center for Photography at Woodstock

AVAILABLE REVIEW BLOCKS:
Sunday 10:35
 
 

Jan Nagle joined the staff as CPW’s Program Associate in May of 2015. She works to implement CPW’s year-round program offerings, including exhibitions, artists workspace residencies, workshops, lectures, publication, fellowships, services for artists, and more.

 

A CPW Workshop intern in 1992, Jan returns to CPW with a wealth of experience in photographic education, art gallery and business management, and not-for-profit board leadership. Jan has held full time faculty positions at The School of Art and Design at Alfred University and Kendall College of Art and Design, and currently teaches at SUNY New Paltz and Dutchess Community College.

 

Jan’s previous non-profit experience includes serving as workshop instructor and workshop coordinator at CEPA Gallery in Buffalo, NY, She was also CEPA’s resident regional artist in 2004, and received Best In Show at CEPA’s 2009 Member’s Exhibition, both honors resulting in solo exhibitions there in 2005 and 2010. She was a resident artist, filmmaking instructor, workshop coordinator, and served on the Board of Directors at Squeaky Wheel, Buffalo Media Resources. In addition she was Art Department Gallery Director at both SUNY Buffalo and Canisius College.

 

Jan is a nationally exhibited fine artist, with works in several public and private collections, including Light Work and The Burchfield Penney Art Center. Jan’s multidisciplinary art practice includes photography, film/video, installation, and collage; her work is about place, and how it informs identity. She holds a BFA in Photography from SUNY New Paltz, and an MFA from SUNY Buffalo.

STUDIO BASICS: LIGHTING 101 WITH 1 LIGHT
Eric Korenman

1 Day - Saturday, September 26, 2015
10:00 - 4:00
 
Class location: Denise Chandler's Studio - Lenox, MA
 
$250
 
 
PIGMENT PRINTING ON METAL
Eric Korenman
September 27, 2015 class is cancelled. The class will be rescheduled. A new date will be announced soon.
$285 (includes materials fee)
 
 
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LIGHTING 101 WITH 1 LIGHT

 

This is a hands-on course that will cover the basics of lighting in the studio or on location. You will learn how to create stunning images using just one light, as well as mixing strobe with natural light. Korenman will also focus on the quality of light, specular versus diffused, and will introduce bounce modifiers. He will also cover the basics of lighting a face.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PIGMENT PRINTING ON METAL

 

This course will cover everything from sourcing your materials to printing and protecting your metal prints. Korenman will present all of the different types of metals to choose from and how to prepare the metals for printing, by sanding and coating the plates. He will discuss proper printers and inks to use for the process as well as transfer methods. Students will learn how to protect, coat and present the metal prints and create a finished look with images of their own. 

 

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:

 

Korenman has pursued photography professionally since 2004. An emerging fine art photographer, Korenman also works with private and corporate clients. In his Proserpine Path Series, Korenman reinterprets the myth of Proserpine (Persephone), metaphorically exploring our present day culture of abundance and excess through hauntingly beautiful imagery. Looking into what he considers the darker side of flowers, Korenman began this body of work by creating shadowy photographs of figures, presumably dead, trapped under thousands of blooms. The fakeness of the flowers enhance the idea of identity and true beauty being shunned or even killed by the falseness in our lives. Moved by dramatic and foreboding images by painters such Edward Hopper and Julie Heffernan, as well as by imagery from movies such as "Melancholia" and "The Fountain”, Korenman started to push the theme further, using masked figures created by artist, Huckleberry Delsignore. He explored the role of flowers in mythology and became intrigued by the Greek myth of Persephone (Roman: Proserpine). She was the daughter of Zeus and Demeter, goddess of the harvest and wife of Hades (the king of the underworld). Drawn to the myth as a metaphor for decisions we make in life today, Korenman equated the story to our culture's insatiable attraction to beauty and nimiety, which can lead us to darker realms. Korenman continues to explore these social issues, and can be seen re-interpreted in new bodies of work such as “Ye Are God’s Buildings” and “Grana”.

 

Eric Korenman, holds a BA from Dartmouth College and a MD from Cornell University. His recent exhibitions have been at the Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, Massachusetts; The Print Center, Philadelphia; Sohn Fine Art Gallery, Stockbridge, MA; Hudson Opera House, Hudson, NY and the Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA. His editorial work includes publication in Art in America.

 

 

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