Photography Workshops with Annisquam Arts

Photography Workshop CApe Ann, Annisquam, North Shore, Northshore, Gloucester

Annisquam Arts announces summer photography workshops for kids ages 11-17 with all levels of experience welcome.

Four-day and three-day workshop dates are available.

Space is limited. Email for more information & registration.


Students will plunge into the world of image making in this 4-day workshop. We will begin by learning about basic camera function by constructing our very own full-room camera obscura, inspired by the avant-garde work of Abelardo Morell. Being inside of a camera is a truly unique sensory experience, and will reveal the magic of photography in its most basic form. Small assignments will ask students to consider shape, angle, light, and perspective in relation to their subject matter, and push them to make conscious, conceptual choices in their photography. We will look to Henri Cartier-Bresson, Walker Evans, and Imogen Cunningham to shape our understanding of composition. In addition to exploring the visual offerings of Cape Ann’s beaches, busy harbors, and communities, we will work from the studio to experiment with film-based trick photography. Students will learn how photographers made double exposures and wacky collage-like images long before the age of Photoshop.


In the 3 day intensive workshop we will work collaboratively as a group, and students will form fast friendships by fulfilling the roles of photographer, subject, and viewer. Using Cindy Sherman as a muse, students will make elaborate portraits of each other with the whimsy of costume, face-paint, and set design. Students will also have the opportunity to work in the darkroom, creating photogram collages. Using objects and trinkets of varying transparency over light-sensitive paper, we will expose our funky compilations and process them traditionally in a black & white darkroom.

Students should bring a card-reader or connection cord along with their digital cameras to easily share images, as well as a picnic dinner, good walking shoes, and a swimsuit and towel.

Annisquam Arts

Developed by artist and educator Dawn Southworth, Annisquam Arts tips off its 19th season by offering a variety of morning workshops and a host of NEW specialized workshops for young artists. Conducted at Dawn’s open and professional home studio on Goose Cove, we have easy access to Gloucester’s cultural center and Cape Ann’s most scenic spots.

Dawn Southworth is a well-known Boston artist recognized for mixed media works and installations. Dawn is the upper-school art teacher at Glen Urquhart School, in Beverly, MA, and a former visiting faculty member at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA. She is also the co-owner of Clark Gallery in Lincoln, MA, which was awarded “Best of Boston 2011”. Her work is represented in many public and private collections, including: The DeCordova Museum, The Addison Gallery of American Art, The Boston Public Library, and Fidelity Management and Research.

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