Fantastical Botanicals: Unleash Your Creativity

with Ryn Clarke

October 23 – November 19, 2023

Mondays and Thursdays; 9:30 – 11:30 am (Mountain Time)
  • Tuition $595.00

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Course Description

Ryn Clarke is an experimental artist known for her magical “garden of delights” floral composites, and in this three-week online workshop, she shows participants how to create the illusion of a new reality using nothing but iPhone images and Adobe Photoshop.

During each hands-on two-hour session, she illuminates the ins and out of her inventive techniques, sharing the tools that enable you to produce visual magic tricks. And just as it is with a magic trick, those techniques must be flawless or the illusion is lost!

Using creative Photoshop strategies that make your composites more engaging, we explore ways to use visualization, light, coloring, and blending modes. We also take a look at special apps and plugins specifically geared toward compositing and discover the amazing hidden features of your iPhone that elevate your imagery.

As you experiment with AI-generated art programs, you discover even more pathways to creative expression—all while developing a series of composite images that demonstrate your progression and understanding.

Whether you are new to composite photography or want to expand the skills you already have, you come away with an expansive virtual tool chest and the know-how to assemble your own fantastical botanicals.

Additional Information

Amateurs, Advanced Amateurs
What You Should Know:

Participants must have a working knowledge of basic digital workflow using the iPhone including selecting and downloading images to their computer. A working knowledge of Photoshop, specifically layers and masking, is required.

Special Notes:

Class will meet 9:30 – 11:30 am (Mountain Time) on Mondays and Thursdays starting October 23 and ending on November 9 (six online group sessions). Enrollment is limited to 12 participants.

Zoom Video Conferencing software (available for no charge from 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.


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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.

Applications, Creative Vision
Ryn Clarke

Ryn Clarke is an educator, visual artist, and photographer who experiments with different cameras and techniques, including elaborate nature compositing, photopolymer gravure, encaustic, and hand-colored prints. She holds a fine arts degree from Marymount University and has exhibited nationally and internationally; her work is held in private, corporate, and medical collections throughout the US. Ryn is on the board of the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve, in Cleveland, and a past president of the Cleveland Museum of Arts’ affiliate group, Friends of Photography. She is also a former Zone X Photography Representative for the Garden Club of America.

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