Thursday, October 1, 2009

Another Experiment

October 4th, marks a year since I taught my very first class, so it seems appropriate to celebrate the occasion with another teaching experiment.

All this week I have been getting ready for my brand new workshop – Photographing and Hand-Coloring Floral Images. I have been bringing backdrops, lights, vases, and of course flowers - up the stairs to my studio.

For the past four years, any floral images I made were photographed in my daughter’s room. After she went away to college, it dawned on me one day that I had a spare room that I could make a mess in and then close the door. Shooting flowers is messy and most blooms are dead by the time I am finished. You can usually find petals, stems and leaves all over the floor – there is no time to clean up as you go. There is a short window of time before the flowers start to look as tired as I feel.

But its great fun and I love it! That is why I came up with the idea to have a workshop like this.

We will spend Saturday doing the actual photography and then I will print their favorite images that night. On Sunday I will bring the prints back so they can hand-color them.

Getting ready for this class has stirred up more ideas. I wish I had more storage in my studio. After seeing my set up here, I would love to make more photographs in my space. Up until now, the main use of my studio has been for hand-coloring, teaching and exhibiting. Something to think about……

Of course I am feeling a bit anxious because I have not taught this type of class before. It will be an adventure. I will report back on Monday……


  1. This looks exciting Dianne - good luck with the workshop - the participants are really lucky to be working with you!

  2. I'm sure the class will be great! I taught a similar class here in my workshop, and it was successful. We didn't have a lot of room to move around in, but we managed, and the students seemed happy with it!

    have fun!

  3. Sounds like you have all your ducks in a row, and lots of flowers to inspire your students. Good luck with your new class.

  4. Thanks everyone! It's Friday night - I am as ready as I am going to be! Rachel - I would love to hear about your class someday! We can compare notes. Thanks!