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Continuing Education - Youth and Precollege

Summer 2014 Youth Programs in the Arts:
Young Photographers

Young Photographers

Grades 3–8

Typical Day

Using digital cameras, students learn the art and science of photography. Students learn first to select and frame subject matter from campus locations and home communities. Working in digital labs, they will convert these everyday scenes into works of art, using Adobe Photoshop software to enhance and refine images. Students learn what visually makes a good photograph and how to transform that vision onto paper.

This program returns to the college’s Visual Arts Building—160,000 square feet of art-making opportunity. This building is one of the largest facilities of its kind in the Northeast, providing students with superb studio environments, as well as state-of-the-art software and hardware specifically geared to the demands of professional design and art making.

  • Students must supply their own basic digital camera. (Bring your manuals too!)
  • All other supplies are included in the program fee.
  • Students present their framed and/or matted work for family and friends in a closing exhibition.

To broaden skills and exposure to the arts, Young Photographers can be combined with Minecraft™ Designers and 3-D Video Game Creators (new!), Code Breakers and App Designers (new!), Creating Comic Books, Young Actors, Young Architects, Shakespeare Workshop, Young Nature Explorers, Young Filmmakers, Creative Vocal Lab, and/or Vocal Intensive to make for a well-rounded summer experience.

Young Photographers Session I: June 30–July 11
Monday–Friday, 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
$1,115 for the first registration
$1,003.50 for the second registration in the family, Purchase College employees and alumni, and early registrations (received by May 2, 2014)

About the Instructors

Mercedes Jelinek (lead instructor),, is a photographer and painter living in Brooklyn, N.Y. She received a BFA in photography from Purchase College and an MFA from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Mercedes has built a freelance career working in several genres of photography—architecture, fashion, event, and journalism. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally and has recently been included in exhibits at the Ogden Museum in Louisiana and Cuchifritos Gallery in New York City.

Maggie Salesman (instructor) is a photographer and designer living in Kingston, N.Y. She received her BFA in photography from Purchase College. Maggie works freelance from New York to Los Angeles in the commercial photography industry, working for studios, photographers, and producers. She is the founder, photographer, and lead designer of Brookside Bungalow.

Updated June 5, 2014