Lab / Education

As a Light Work Lab member, we want you to get the most from our facility and staff. We are proud to offer a variety of classes, workshops, and one-on-one sessions. Our goal is to give you the opportunity to go deeper with your photography, learn from professionals in the field, and meet fellow members.

Fall 2021 – Workshops & Classes

Professional Practice with Melanie Flood

Date: Saturday, September 18
Time: 3:00 – 5:00pm EST
Instructor: Melanie Flood
Price: $40

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Workshop will be held via Zoom app (account not required). Link to join will be sent to all registered prior to workshop.

Class Description

This conversational workshop will cover essential methods and techniques for establishing a professional practice as an artist and photographer. Curator and Artist Melanie Flood of Melanie Flood Projects (Portland, OR) will lead a discussion regarding best practices for presentation, inventory, pricing, and marketing. This two-hour session will extend into methods of preparing your photographs for your website, social media, and finding support in your own community. Melanie will share her experience as an artist and independent curator and answer your questions. Participants are welcome at any skill level.

Meet your instructor

Melanie Flood is an artist, gallery owner, and cultural producer based in Portland, Oregon. In 2008, Flood founded New York-based Melanie Flood Projects (MFP), a contemporary gallery with a photography concentration. In 2014 Flood re-imagined MFP in downtown Portland, expanding beyond photography and focusing on solo presentations of a diverse array of artists; recent exhibitions include Clifford Prince King, Pacifico Silano, Rose Dickson, Sari Carel, Rachelle Bussières, Maria Antelman, and Dru Donovan. Flood has been an arts professional for over 20 years, holding positions early in her career as Photo Editor of The New York Observer and Managing Editor of zingmagazine, and more recently, serving as Director of the Paige Powell Archive. Flood’s work and projects have been featured in Art in America, The New York Times, New York Magazine, Photo District News, among others. Flood holds an MFA in Contemporary Art Practice from Portland State University and a BFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York. Her work is in private collections and institutions nationally.

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Imagined Landscape with Teresa Christiansen

Dates: Tuesdays, October 5, 12, and 19
Time: 6:00 – 7:30pm EST
Instructor: Teresa Christiansen
Price: $110

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Workshop will be held via Zoom app (account not required). Link to join will be sent to all registered prior to workshop.

Class Description

In this workshop, artist and educator Teresa Christiansen will lead participants through an exploration of the genre of landscape photography, asking you to create images that challenge conventional modes of depicting landscape. During class sessions, Teresa will share historic and contemporary examples of photography that have served as inspiration for her practice. We will unpack assumptions about nature and culture that landscape photography has traditionally served, and work to find entry points that align with individual interests and definitions of landscape. Participants and invited to respond to prompts that are designed to challenge assumptions about traditional landscape photography. In the last session we will share and discuss the images as a group.

Meet your instructor

Teresa Christiansen heads the Photography Department at Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, OR. Her current photographic work approaches landscape through acts of re-photography and physical interventions. Teresa has exhibited her work recently at Aperture Gallery and chashama in New York City, Melanie Flood Projects in Portland, and the Photographic Center Northwest in Seattle. Her work is in the collection of the Portland Art Museum.

T4T: Trans Photography for Trans Lives with June T Sanders

Dates: Tuesdays, November 2, 9, 16
Time: 6:00 – 8:00pm EST
Instructor: June T Sanders
Price: $110

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Workshop will be held via Zoom app (account not required). Link to join will be sent to all registered prior to workshop.

Class Description

This is a workshop geared towards Trans photographers looking to cultivate their portraiture skills, gain community, and explore critical trans theory in relation to photography. This 3-week course will meet once a week for 2 hours each session and include a portraiture workshop, a critique/feedback session, and a conceptual exercise, discussion, and cultivation of a set of trans-photographic principles. This space is for anyone who identifies as trans/non-binary, all levels of experience are welcome.

Meet your instructor

June T Sanders is a Trans artist, educator, and curator residing in rural Washington State. She is an assistant professor in the Digital Technology & Culture Program at Washington State University and a recent recipient of the 2020 Blue Sky Curatorial Prize & the New Hampshire Institute of Art Teti Research Fellowship.