Thinking In 2-D: Photography and Painting, Nature and Abstraction

June 3, 2018 – June 9, 2018

Carolyn Benedict Fraser and Jenn Houle

In this workshop students interpret the June landscape through the camera lens and paintbrush, and explore the spectrum between representation and abstraction in nature. Lectures include functions of the camera, historic processes, and contemporary photographic methods that push the boundaries of composition and representation in the medium. Using methods such as alternative processes, camera obscuras, pinhole cameras, and DSLR/camera phones, participants will interact with and create images in the surrounding landscape. Demonstrations include using mark-making, color relationships and glazing, and the painted multiple. Students will use their photographs as reference to investigate the language of paint. Participants will form new conceptual approaches to building a body of work in both painting and photography. Open to all skill levels.


Carolyn Benedict Fraser is a large format photographer from Nashville, Tennessee and currently lives in Ithaca, New York. She holds an MFA in Studio Art from Cornell University and a BA in Psychology and Photography from Mills College in Oakland, California. She was the recipient of the Charles Baskerville Award in 2016 and has recently exhibited in New York, San Francisco, and Concord, Massachusetts.

Carolyn Benedict Fraser

Jenn Houle lives in Massachusetts and teaches at Fitchburg State University. She received a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and an MFA from Cornell University. Houle has held artist residencies in Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Vermont Studio Center and Plumbing Museum, and exhibits her work widely. She is a grant recipient from Puffin Foundation, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Cornell Council for the Arts, Einaudi Foundation, and John Hartell Graduate Award for Art and Architecture.

Jenn Houle

In order to complete your registration, a $300 deposit is required.

Registration is closed for this event.

For more information or questions, please call 865-436-5860

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