The Critique Circle: A Six-Week Online Workshop

with Cheryle St. Onge

September 18 – October 23, 2024

Wednesdays; 5:00 – 7:00 pm (Mountain Time)
  • Tuition $595.00

Course Description

As photographers, we often work in a vacuum. It’s a solitary pursuit. We create photographs in order to share our ideas, thoughts, and feelings with the world, but many times it’s challenging to get feedback on this work. Family and friends offer their thoughts, but we crave educated insights from other artists. The Critique Circle is set up for this very purpose. 

Enter into a transformative journey in this six-week online workshop, where participants explore the domains of creativity, collaboration, and the art of critique. Through a series of weekly Zoom sessions, we immerse ourselves in an exploration of the creative processes as we develop and refine our unique artistic visions. All subject matter is welcome in The Critique Circle including those working with portraiture, landscapes, conceptual imagery, photo collage, still life, travel, digital composites, and anything else you are passionate about. 

Guided by Cheryle St. Onge, an expert in the facilitation of critique groups, each participant gains invaluable insights into the intricate nuances of their own work as well as that of their peers. Together, they navigate the creative realm, uncovering hidden possibilities, addressing potential challenges, and refining their perspectives to craft a cohesive and impactful body of work.

Moreover, this dynamic and collaborative workshop offers ample opportunities for both individual and group discussions, providing a supportive environment where you can share ideas, offer feedback, and foster lasting connections. Through these interactions, you not only leave our time together with a polished portfolio/body of work but also with the resources and relationships needed to sustain your artistic endeavors well beyond the workshop’s end. Cheryle shares her years of experience with gallery representation and exhibitions, publications, grant applications, and the benefits of residency opportunities. 

Join us for an enriching exploration of creativity, collaboration, and growth as we navigate the boundless possibilities of artistic expression together in our unique online circle. 

Additional Information


All passionate photographers who have a body of work to share are welcome.

What You Should Know:

Working knowledge of digital workflow is essential as participants must be able to download and select images using image editing software for class sessions.

Special Notes:

Class will meet 5:00 – 7:00 pm (Mountain Time) on Wednesdays starting September 18 and ending October 23 (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.


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.

Creative Vision, Fine Art, One-of-a-Kind
Cheryle St. Onge

Cheryle St. Onge grew up on college campuses as the only child of a Physics professor and a painter. She received her M.F.A. from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and has been on the faculty at Phillips Exeter Academy, Clark University, Maine College of Art, and Univ of New Hampshire. She created and taught the University of New Hampshire’s Art and Art History Department’s first online curriculum beginning in 2011.

Cheryle’s work focuses on the crossover of art and science and photography’s ability to distill our sense of time and curiosity. She makes pictures predominantly with an 8 x 10 view camera and considers her work a collaborative process. Her photographs have been widely exhibited, most notably at London’s National Portrait Gallery, Griffin Museum, Princeton University, University of Rhode Island, Massachusetts College of Art, Rick Wester Fine Arts, and with the American Institute of Architects traveling exhibition. She is the recipient of a Polaroid Artist Support Grant, The John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, Critical Mass Exhibition Award, New Hampshire Charitable Arts Grant.

Cheryle is a regular contributor to The New York Times Op-ed and has had editorial work published in The New Yorker, Harpers, Time, The Guardian, and The Washington Post.

Instagram: @cherylestonge

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