Monday, September 09, 2013

john c campbell folk school - brasstown, north carolina

from august 25th-31st, i taught a photography workshop at the john c campbell folk school . this was my second time teaching at the folk school & what a wonderful experience it was.  its such a magical place - if you haven't taken a workshop here before, you must.  in the very least, go visit them!  they have a fabulous craft store as well & you can even make reservations to dine there family style.

the folk school offers a variety of workshops from cooking, blacksmithing, woodturning, to weaving just to name a few. and of course they offer a variety of photography workshops. terry my better half joined me for the week, taking a music class.  he learned to play the hammered dulcimer, which to me looks like no easy task.  he also borrowed my mountain dulcimer and his wonderful instructor anne lough even showed him a few songs & now he is showing me how to play! his class performed for morningsong in front of the entire school on friday morning, which was fantastic.  

my class consisted of five students coming from as far away as washington state and texas.  they were wonderful and all of them learned so much.  especially in such a short period of time.  the class was "lifestyle portraiture" and we mostly worked with one another as models, but we had a few along the way willing to participate as well :) my students really were great and up for all kinds of adventures.

we hiked the nature trail on campus which was a bit overgrown but a great place for portraits. we even found a bamboo forest which was a fun spot. i took them on a few assignments around campus, including in the vegetable & herb gardens and of course we ventured into many of the studios. thanks to all of the instructors & students who allowed us to do so - and to photograph you & your creations! 

on friday morning, the last day of classes we took a field trip to the river walk in nearby murphy. its where i photographed four of my students in a group portrait pictured below.  its too bad my 5th student dave couldn't join us, as he had to make travel arrangements home.

at the end of the week, i had my students chose 3 to 5 of their strongest/favorite images {or more!} and then i put together a slide presentation for everyone at the school to see at the closing ceremony friday evening.  i heard lots and lots of compliments! please see for yourself - you can view my student's work here

below are just a few of my images from the week we spent there. if you'd like to see a more comprehensive gallery of images please come on over to my business facebook page here - elizabeth larson photography and give us a like!  i would love you for it  

it was such an wonderful week and almost like a vacation for us.  i look forward to coming back to teach this same workshop again march 16th-21st, 2014. to learn more and/or to sign up please do so here via the folk school's website. hope to see you there!

1 comment:

Charlotte P said...

beautiful! I really want to take a class there. It does look magical.