SFW Perspectives

Being Maggie Taylor

with Maggie Taylor

October 27 - 29, 2020

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; 12:00-1:00 p.m. Mountain Time

  • Tuition $145.00

Online registration for this program has closed. To check availability or if you would like further information, please call 505-983-1400 ext. 111.

Course Description

Being Maggie Taylor is the story of an artist. A childhood spent watching countless hours of situation comedies and science fiction on television. A life now lived at the edge of a sun-drenched prairie populated by cows, alligators and birds. A life devoted to rummaging through the eclipsed and discarded history of faded postcards, Victorian portraits, and flea-market albums. Being Maggie Taylor is the compelling story of a photographic artist who will inspire you with her creative ways and fascinate you with her brilliant technique.

Where to begin? In the first session Maggie shares her inspirations and source materials, revealing how the gleam of an image unfolds and begins to take shape. Peek into her closet of curiosities and learn how Maggie imports her subjects from the real world into Adobe Photoshop using both a scanner and a camera. Combining nineteenth-century photographs, antique toys, and colorful drawings, Maggie shares the initial steps she takes when embarking on a new creation.

The very messy middle. The development of a layered image is the focus of the middle day. Maggie shows examples of how her images morph over a period of weeks in strange and unexpected ways. She opens Photoshop to demonstrate a few of her favorite blending techniques, tips on non-destructive editing, and thoughts on shadows, shading, color, and light.

Eventually you will be done. For Maggie, working in Photoshop is a process of building an image up to a point, and then paring it down. Keeping an open mind and being prepared for accidental discoveries often leads to fortuitous and unanticipated results. Staying organized, reviewing the trajectory of the image, and checking the smallest details with care eventually leads to making a test print. Now join Maggie in her printing studio as she examines a test print, makes decisions about changes, and decides when to be satisfied with a finished print.

Join Maggie as she shares what she knows to be true and what she leaves to the magic of her creative process.

A 10 to 15 minute Question and Answer session follows each daily presentation. Questions from the participants will be reviewed and a few selected during this informal wrap-up conversation.

Additional Information

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:

Open to anyone interested in this special program.

Special Notes:

Class will meet from 12:00-1:00 p.m. Mountain Time, October 27, October 28, and October 29 (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday). You can participate in this seminar even if you can’t make one or all of the live events. Paid participants will have until 9 a.m. Mountain Time, Monday, November 2 to access the online presentations; no further extensions available.

Zoom Video Conferencing software (available for no charge from Zoom.com) will be used to facilitate the class sessions. Further details will be emailed to registrants.

Santa Fe Workshops always aims to produce a high-quality experience for our online attendees. That said, variables including regional and local internet provider speeds, traffic on Zoom's servers, and your own computing hardware can contribute to a less than ideal streaming event. While we do our best to minimize the impact of these variables, they are outside the control of Santa Fe Workshops. If the video quality for a particular online experience is not up to our standards, we will work to post a higher-quality recording, online, for your review shortly after the live event concludes.

Policies:

View Withdrawal and Transfer Policies for online programs.

For the convenience of participants, recordings of each class session are posted privately for one month after the end of each session. Santa Fe Workshops takes the recordings down after one month to protect the intellectual property of our instructors.

Categories
Creative Vision
about
Maggie Taylor

Maggie Taylor spent ten years making color still-life photographs before transitioning to digital imaging in 1997. Her label-defying, whimsical, and poetic images have been collected by numerous museums. Her books include Internal Logic, No Ordinary DaysAdobe Photoshop Master Class: Maggie Taylor’s Landscape of DreamsSolutions Beginning with A, and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll.

Website: maggietaylor.com

Instagram: @maggietaylor.art

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