A Gathering

with Keron Psillas and Elizabeth Opalenik

October 25-31
Deposit $1500

 

Additional Details

A Gathering

A week-long celebration of inspiration, creativity, thoughtful inquiry, and photographic art.

Elizabeth and Keron have chosen mid-October, and possibly late October, to offer 6 nights and seven days of photography, guest lectures, field activities, gallery talks, stillness and relaxation, in an environment supportive to all. Asilomar, in Pacific Grove, California, will offer us a tranquil, comfortable base for exploration, internal and external.

A spectacular program of instruction, review, world class gallery visits, and wonderful shooting locations is tremendously enhanced by our guest lecturers. Gentle yoga each morning will be offered (fully optional) to begin our day energized! This program is without parallel. We’ll be joined by amazing artists, writers, gallery directors including Ryuijie, Ann Jastrab, Alan Fitzgerald, Brian Taylor, Brigitte Carnochan, and many others. The Monterey Peninsula is a treasure trove of photography luminaries!

We are limited to ten guests in each session. We fully expect to fill each, but we will begin with the first session from October 9-15. The first session is an all-female gathering. The second session is open to males and females, October 25-31.

Cost includes lodging, all breakfasts, one lunch, four dinners, all speakers and model fees. Not included, transportation to and from the workshops. During the workshop week all transportation will be provided. Per person double occupancy: $3690. Per person single occupancy: $4470 Email Keron to reserve your spot! And email Elizabeth and Keron with any questions: keron@keronpsillas.com, eopalenik@me.com

Daily Schedule follows, though subject to change for weather and light conditions, and to accommodate guest speaker schedules.

Day 1, gather this evening for communal dinner in a private home just by the conference center. FYI, Seattle TO Monterey on Alaska departs Seattle at 3 pm, arrives 5:30 pm. You will be picked up and taken to Asilomar and then dinner (just 20 minutes away).

Day 2, start the day with gentle yoga, optional, at 8:30-9:00. Our first day will have us all get acquainted with each other’s work, then Elizabeth and Keron will share presentations. We’ll have lunch and then do some field work! A bit later in the afternoon we will have a presentation from Robert Kato: all you ever wanted to know about your iPhone camera! Our first day will keep us around the conference center to familiarize ourselves with the surroundings and opportunities close at hand. Dinner together again! Shooting time at dusk, dark (before and after dinner).

Day 3, start the day with yoga and then a group discussion about the previous day’s shooting. We’ll review images, and see brief presentations from Keron and Elizabeth. Lunch will be followed by some time to photograph and ‘gather’ locally, perhaps do some still life, and then gather late in the day for a round table discussion with three guest presenters. We’ll all meet for dinner (along with our guests) and continue the discussion.

Day 4, No yoga today, we are off for a big field trip early! We’ll head down the coast to Point Lobos to glory in the scenery, peace, and photographic feast. We’ll have a picnic lunch to maximize shooting time. Back to Asilomar and after a rest we’ll get busy with models and dancers on the beach! We’ll be creative with mylar if the light is promising. Dinner on our own.

Day 5, early beach session with mylar for landscape and each other as models, then yoga and lots of image review for the morning. After lunch we’ll visit the Center for Fine Art Photography, partake in a discussion with several more guest presenters, view some fabulous print work, and then return home. Dinner on our own.

Day 6, yoga and more image review, lots of discussion about the prior days activities, then in to Carmel for gallery visits and lunch. Free afternoon for shooting (still lives, landscape, mylar fun, self-portraits…) and creation of a ‘zine’ for our week! Elizabeth and Keron will assemble. We’ll gather for one more group dinner with a few special guests.

Day 7, no yoga, but a trip to Monterey for the aquarium to have some shooting fun with all the beauty of the marine world. After lunch, head to airport for return to home. Upon checkout in the morning, we’ll keep luggage at private home, secured, then pick it up by three to head to the airport. FYI, Seattle from Monterey on Alaska departs at 6:05 pm.

A Gathering

Layering Your Intent:

Fully Integrating your Vision and Voice with Keron Psillas

Coming December 2021
$625

 

IN PERSON Workshop - Layering Your Intent:

Fully Integrating your Vision and Voice with Keron Psillas

October 5-7
Pacific Northwest Art School

 

Coming December 2021

Join Keron Psillas, award-winning photographer and author, to discover and refine a deeper intent for your photography. With six books of photography published, Keron is creating a legacy of refined work with a passionate voice. 2019 debuted her fine press edition of Cavalo Lusitano: The Spirit Within, from Veritas Editions. Keron is pleased and humbled to have received the 2018 Bronze Award in Publishing from IPPY for Lusitano: noble, courageous, eternal….and Just Announced: Keron has received two Honorable Mentions from the International Photography. Awards (The Lucies) for Loss and Beauty! (Fine Art Book and Self-Published Book).
 
From Keron:
After teaching The Photography of Intent for 11 years, it is time to move to the next level. Layering Your Intent, my new 5 day intensive course, will bring all the principles I rely upon to create compelling, engaging images. The integration of who we are and what we bring to our work is paramount to this week’s dialogue.
 
With classroom instruction, discussion of images, daily critiques of new work, and capsules of information covering book creation, Lightroom developing, and daily work in the field, our week will be full to overflowing with inspiration and breakthrough. Each lecture is designed to encourage you to reach to the next level. Perhaps you want to exhibit…or create a book for a larger audience…fill in gaps of technical knowledge, or perhaps you simply (and importantly) want to deepen your ability to create expressive images. This class will support your intent.
 
Join me in one of my favorite places on earth, the PNWAS in Coupeville, to recharge your love affair with creative expression.

Note classroom hours: 10 am to 5:30 pm (but with flexibility) to allow us to shoot in the good light morning and evening!
We’ll have two field trips during the week (via carpool) and a celebratory final dinner on Friday night.

This workshop is open to all photographers with a working knowledge of their camera. If you wish to participate in image reviews, you will need to bring a laptop and a working knowledge of the digital workflow. This would include the ability to download your images to your laptop, make selections, and transfer images to your flash drive for projection from the class computer.

Bookmaking!

with Keron Psillas

Coming December 2021
$625

IN PERSON Workshop - Bookmaking!

with Keron Psillas

September 27-30
Pacific Northwest Art School

Coming December 2021

Join Keron Psillas, award-winning author and photographer to make your book ideas a reality!
Recipient of Best in Show for Photobook 2015 with Loss and Beauty, and an RFoto Folio Selection for 2019 with Cavalo Lusitano, 2019 IPA Awards for Loss and Beauty in Fine Art book, and the 2019 Independent Publishers Bronze Award for Lusitano: Noble, Courageous, Eternal.  Keron brings her 20+ years in the printing industry and the experience of publishing and promoting 7 books, as well has her creative soul in photography to offer this inspirational and practical class.
 
From Keron:
This is such a great way to deepen our relationship to our photography. Making books demands that we look critically at our work, distill our message, learn the fine art of sequencing, and delve into supportive design.
 
We’ll look at favorite books (bring one of yours with you), we’ll discuss the merits of refined layout, and layout that supports your vision. We’ll talk about fonts and front matter and paper and bindings. Whether you want to create a travelogue, a poetic volume of images, or finish a long term project, a book can be either the final expression of your work or a path forward to exhibits and greater collaboration.
 
Join me to discuss all of these topics and more. We’ll learn the Blurb Bookwright software and get started making your vision a reality in book form!
Class size is limited to 6 to ensure that I can work with each student in a hands-on fashion when we are putting our books together. 
 
Classroom hours: 9:30 to 4:30 each day with additional time for one on one instruction as needed. 
 
Class on June 8 is a half-day wrap up from 9am to 1pm. 
 
Click the link to have a look at a few of Keron’s books: