Saturday, January 29, 2011

Silver Eye Center for Photography Bigger Picture Programs

The Bigger Picture Launches in January 2011
Professional Development and Creative Workshops for Photographers and Visual Artists

The Silver Eye Center for Photography is pleased to announce the launch of The Bigger Picture, a new initiative designed to connect you to the knowledge, training and resources needed to take your professional career and creative vision to the next level.

The Bigger Picture’s monthly workshops are organized around three tracks — acquiring new business and communication skills; optimizing digital technologies, web and social media to build and retain audiences, patrons and clients; and finding new, innovative ways to stretch your creative vision and practice.

Classes begin this January and are offered at introductory, intermediate and advanced levels. Programs will take place at Silver Eye’s South Side facility and at other venues throughout the city, including Pittsburgh Filmmakers, Robert Morris University and the WYEP-FM Community Education Center.

While developed specifically for fine art and other photographers, these workshops are applicable to any visual artist who wishes to better define their strategic vision or attain their creative and entrepreneurial goals.

The Bigger Picture is made possible in part through a Seed Award from The Sprout Fund and the support of The Fine Foundation.

Become a member of Silver Eye and enjoy course discounts.

Our instructors represent some of the region and country’s most accomplished and innovative practitioners, who will offer expert guidance and inside perspectives on the field. Aaron Blum, Silver Eye’s Education Coordinator is also available for consultation on which courses to select and to answer any of your other questions. And, in your classes and at our quarterly social gatherings, you’ll meet and network with other participating artists who share your passions and interests.

Full and partial tuition assistance available to eligible students.

We will offer over twenty full and partial scholarships for workshops beginning in February 2011, through the generous support of a Seed Award from The Sprout Fund. You may apply for tuition support for up to two classes through June 2011. Scholarships do not cover materials fees, which remain the responsibility of the student, and are available until funding has been expended. Click here to download the scholarship eligibility requirements and form.

Enroll for 3 courses and earn a 25% discount off your next class!

We are now taking registrations on a first-come, first-served basis for our first workshops beginning in January 2011. New courses are being continually added to the schedule, so please check back regularly for updates and news. Click here to register and for full descriptions of the following classes:

Digital SLR Camera Basics with Aaron Blum, Silver Eye Education Coordinator
Saturday, January 8, 2011, 9 am-12 pm

Adobe Photoshop for Photographers with Aaron Blum, Silver Eye Education Coordinator
Saturday, January 22; Sunday, January 23, 2011, 1-4 pm

Digital Fine Art Printing with Master Printer John Mannion, Light Work,

Syracuse, NY
Saturday February 12, 2011, 10 am-3 pm

Writing for Artists with Sarah Schmerler, Contributing Art Critic, The New York Times
Sunday, February 27, 2011, 1-5pm

Self-Publishing Your Photography or Art Book with Christine Holtz, Associate Professor of Media Arts, Robert Morris University
Saturday, March 19, 1-4 pm


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