This summer residential workshop at Idyllwilds Arts is your first and most important step into the magical world of smartphone photography and art. The main focus is to explore the full potential of using a mobile phone to capture high resolution digital images for making art. The briefs for this course have an emphasis on photography and art smartphone applications to initially capture the image and then to further process the image. With students learning to digitally manipulate images on their device, together with producing an imaginative response to themes and concepts. This is a hands-on course, with theory and projects throughout the week.
This course is running for a second year and previous students including Pat Brown – an artist with a much lauded reputation in photography, had this to say: “Meri Walker rocks, and can she ever teach mobile photography! Her enthusiasm for this new and evolving art form is powered by her tech-savvy knowledge of today’s tools, apps, and trends and is further enriched by her years of experience as a traditional photographic artist. As a teacher, she is well-prepared, organised, interesting, articulate, and innovative, as well as patient, understanding, encouraging, inspiring, and a mentor for her students. Ask anyone she is a leading light in the new world of mobile art.”
Image ©Pat Brown
Connie Rosenthal an established award winning traditional and mobile photographer/artist, expressed: “I have had the pleasure of taking two iPhone workshops with Meri Walker and enjoyed them both. In a weeklong workshop at Idyllwild last summer Meri covered apps that were new to me as well as other important aspects of mobile photography regarding storing, posting and sharing photos. I also took a daylong workshop in Los Angeles during which she covered workflows for preparing mobile images for large-size prints. Meri is extremely knowledgeable and a detail-oriented teacher. Each student receives individualised attention as Meri makes sure everyone understands all the information she covers as well as any questions each student may have.”
Image ©Connie Rosenthal
Feedback from Idyllwild Arts has demonstrated that on a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being 100%), Meri Walker scores 10 for student satisfaction. Students have travelled far and wide to attend this course, from Michigan, Oregon, Texas, Nevada and of course within California (Los Angeles) itself.
Image below of Meri Walker with students at Idyllwild Arts 2015 iPhoneography workshop
Meri Walker herself explains: “When I’m trying to master something, using books or recorded content on my own is nowhere near as much fun – or as productive – as learning together in real-time with others. So, early in my transition from traditional photography and printmaking process to using mobile devices I decided to offer individual and small-group support to others wanting to systematically fill in their knowledge and skill gaps. We all want to express ourselves creatively with greater ease and confidence. And I just happen to be one of those people who gets almost the same enjoyment from helping others stretch creatively as I do making my own work”.
‘When the Bough Breaks’ ©Meri Walker
This iPhoneography course will help you to begin to define who you are as a smartphone photographer and/or artist. The aim of this workshop is to help further develop your practical and theoretical approach to mobile photography and art in order to cultivate an independent and creative working practice.
‘Aiming for the Stars she Landed on Clouds’ – ©Meri Walker
Meri Walker aka iPhoneArtGirl, taught art photography and photojournalism while exhibiting and publishing for more than four decades. For the last six years, she has worked solely with mobile image-making technologies while teaching and coaching other artists seeking quality results using mobile tools. Her work is featured weekly on the top mobile photography websites. In 2015, Meri juried two international mobile photography exhibitions, taught Idyllwild Art’s first mobile art workshop and presented at the Palo Alto MDAC Summit and the Creative Photo Academy in LA.
‘I wish they all could be California Girls’ ©Meri Walker