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“I’ve never seen a bad cat photo,” says Maryland Hall Photography Teaching Artist Joe Yablonsky. He says it as a joke but there’s truth in his humor: Yablonsky’s eye for photography has no room for pretension. “I’m the first one to admit there isn’t only one good way to take a photo. I think every student should bring their personality into the process and take photos that are uniquely their own.” Yablonsky developed his own love for photography on the campus of Princeton University. In the late 90s, he lived near the beautiful grounds and found inspiration in the gothic architecture and gargoyle sculptures.

“I specialize in photos of public sculptures and architecture, always trying to find the obscure out of the sculpture and historic architecture,” Yablonsky says. His body of work includes works by master sculptors such as Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Daniel Chester French and Isamu Noguchi, to contemporary artists involved in community public art projects. His photographs are only taken when a rare combination of lighting and atmospheric conditions are present in the scene to highlight the sculpture and its environment. All photos are hand printed using a traditional darkroom on fiber paper and are selenium toned to increase their archival permanence.

Yablonsky made photography his career in 2003 when he found himself looking for a change after leaving his engineering job. “I went for creativity and photography was something that was already growing out of control in my life so I started teaching.” In addition to MD Hall, where he began teaching in 2017, Yablonsky also teaches at the Smithsonian, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, VisArts in Rockville and Anne Arundel Community College, among others. His classes at Maryland Hall range from the technical in How Do I Use my Digital Camera to the experiential and creative in Travel Photography.

“I want to teach people who want to learn how to use their camera, how to use every button and help them develop their eye. Whether that’s film or digital,” Yablonsky says. For those ready to take their photography skills out into the world, Yablonsky’s Annapolis at Night is an alternative learning experience. Students get out of the classroom and get immediate feedback in the field. Bring gloves for this year’s class – it takes place downtown during Midnight Madness! “You’re only cold for three hours and then you have the photos for the rest of your life. It’s a blast,” Yablonsky says. All classes are for all skill levels and interest and open to digital or film shooters.

In a digitally driven world, Yablonsky strays away from apps and editing. He is not keen on post-production work and he teaches his students how to take photos that don’t require it. “Students in my classes gain a much better understanding of how to use their camera and how to take better photos on a more consistent basis, without relying on post production,” he says. The key is to “think more and shoot less -- do more thinking before you press the shutter release button -- and therefore take less photos. And learn from both your successes and your mistakes.”

Yablonsky designs his classes to create a strong foundation of the concepts of photography that help photographers find their own vision. When asked what his greatest accomplishment as a teacher is, he says, “Seeing when people get it; when they truly understand and move forward and the material becomes second nature.”

As for his favorite place to take photos in Annapolis? The answer is easy: “wherever the light is good,” he says.


Register for a Fall Photography Class with Joe Yablonsky

Music Together Chesapeake teachers

Christine Brimhall graduated from the Hartt School of Music (University of Hartford) with a Bachelors degree in both flute performance and music education. She continued her flute studies at Yale University, receiving her Master of Music in Flute Performance. Christine taught instrumental music in Prince George's County, Maryland for six years. As a music educator, she values the importance of early childhood music education and embraces family music making. Christine has participated in Music Together programs with her two daughters and started teaching Music Together in Fall 2011.  In July 2013 she completed a three-day refresher training, and earned her Music Together Certification I in July of 2014. 

Mandy Stinchcomb has a Bachelor's degree in Theatre from Goucher College in Baltimore. She began singing in choral groups over 17 years ago, and has had a love of music ever since. Mandy  has been participating in Music Together with her children since 2004, and has greatly enjoyed sharing music with her three children through the program. She completed her teacher training in the summer of 2008, and has been teaching family classes since the fall of that year.  Mandy has also taught Music Together In-school in Pasadena, MD. 

Art class Instructors

Holly Rosario was born in rural upstate New York, and spent her childhood exploring its forested terrain. Introverted and aesthetically curious by nature, Holly was interested in art from a young age. In 2007 she moved to Baltimore to attend the Maryland Institute College of Art where she pursued her Bachelors of Fine Arts in conjunction with a Master of Arts in Teaching. While at MICA, she developed an interest in watercolor, inks, paper cuts, and ceramics as well as a passion for art history.  As an artist, Rosario’s papercut works and watercolors are inspired by a love of nature on its most minuscule levels, and explore the role of pattern and repetition in the processes of growth and decay.  Rosario spent three years as an Elementary Art Teacher with Baltimore County Public Schools and is excited to continue her teaching at Maryland Hall.  She sees her pursuits as artist and educator as inseparably intertwined, and hopes to facilitate transformative learning by sharing her passion for the visual world.  She will be teaching visual arts classes for children.  

Choose from a variety of workshops throughout the Fall. There are several one-day, two-day and weekend workshops for all ages. Click the images below to browse through our Fall Workshops. 

  

Kim Farcot's Portrait and Figure Drawing Workshop 7/9/13 - 7/11/13

Get a solid foundation in figure and portrait drawing to enhance your portfolio and prepare you for college. Create a series of charcoal or graphite life drawings starting with gesture drawing, the basic form and proportions of the human head and figure, then break down each part of the head and figure. Draw from a live clothed model on the last day. 

Kim Farcot's Portrait and Figure Drawing Workshop 7/9/13 - 7/11/13
 

Classes begin with a series of gesture drawings and build up to longer poses and more detailed drawings by the end of the day. Demonstrations and examples will broaden the students' knowledge and appreciation for the beauty and grace of the human figure in art. Attention to line, form, shading, cross-hatching, using dramatic lighting affects and composition of multiple figures will be presented. Emphasis will be placed on students finding their own artistic voice and style. 

 

Click here for a list of upcoming Teen Portrait and Figure Drawing Classes.

 

The Annapolis Shakespeare Company has a great one-week workshop for ages 11-18 starting on June 26. Explore the explosive alchemy of melding modern filmmaking with classical theater in Shake the Screen! On location in and around Annapolis Shakespeare Company's new headquarters on Chinquapin Round Road, you'll get staff guidance, but few limits, as you direct, act, costume, score, shoot and edit your own films--based on Shakespeare's comedies, tragedies, histories, and poetry of your choosing. Learn new skills, make new friends, collaborate, create! Challenge and express yourself like nowhere else!

Click here for more information and to register now!

Young artists between the ages of 10 and 18 can get a lot out of the Saturday workshop, Portrait Drawing Portfolio Development, where students are immersed in figure and portrait drawing. If you are preparing a portfolio for the Performing and Visual Arts Magnet entrance for Middle School or High School. Or perhaps preparing for college or an art institute, this intensive one-day workshop is for you! Kim Farcot, the instructor, also teaches at the Bates Middle School Performing and Visual Arts Magnet, so she knows what they're looking for.

The class starts off with get-to-know-you games, stretching, and gesture drawings to warm up and then moves into studying the proportions of the body and head. After lunch, students get to draw from a live professional clothed model.The class takes place in the same studio where weekly life drawing and portrait painting groups meet and is equipped with easels, drawing horses, lighting and a model stage.

The workshop is given on a Saturday from 9:30 am - 3:30 pm. Click here for a complete list of classes being offered this Winter/Spring. In November's workshop, there was an amazing group, who were engaged, focused, and very talented. They worked intently, even during breaks, and the final critique at the end of the day showed great promise by these up and coming artists!

Student from the Portrait Drawing Portfolio Development workshop on November 3, 2012.

 

Winter/Spring 2013 Classes offered by Kim Farcot

Wednesday Morning Figure Co-op - The Drawing Co-op is open to artists who show sufficient artistic and technical development and are capable of working independently. For ages 18+.

January 2 - June 26, 2013 | Wednesdays, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Long Pose Drawing & Painting Figure Co-Op - The Drawing and Painting long pose is open to artists who show sufficient artistic and technical development and are capable of working independently. For ages 18+.

January 3 - June 27, 2013 | Thursdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
 

Portrait Co-op - The Portrait Co-op provides a variety of live models on a weekly basis. Each portrait subject sits for four consecutive sessions to enable the artists to complete comprehensive drawing/paintings in a risk free environment. For ages 18+.
January 4 - June 28, 2013 | Fridays, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Figure Drawing Portfolio Development - Get a solid foundation in figure or life drawing to enhance your portfolio and prepare you for college. Students will create a series of charcoal or graphite life drawings starting with the basic form and proportions of the human figure, drawn from a live draped model. For ages 10-16.

March 2, 2013 | Saturday, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Portrait Drawing Portfolio Development - Get a solid foundation in portrait drawing to enhance your portfolio and prepare you for college. Students will create a series of charcoal or graphite drawings, starting with the basic form and proportions of the human head, drawn from a live model. For ages 10-16.

April 6, 2013 | Saturday, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

 

 

Figure Drawing for Teens is a great class for ages 13-16 taught by Andree Tullier on Tuesdays from 4:30-6:30 pm. After a quick introduction, the class starts off with a few 5 minute gesture quick poses and then moves into longer poses as the class progresses using light and shade with an emphasis on composition. In this class, you will learn the basic planes/forms, proportions and anatomy of the human figure and techniques to capture the action of a pose with charcoal.

Andree Tullier also offers Foundations of Drawing and Introduction to Oils at Maryland Hall. Keep an eye out for our Winter/Spring classes that will be announced sometime during the first two weeks of November on our website.

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