Intro to Digital Photography


Have you ever wanted to learn how to use Photoshop? Do you have a digital camera and want to learn to take amazing photos with it? In this workshop, students will learn about Adobe Photoshop software, shooting techniques, lighting, printing and more! Students will present a photography showcase for families at the end of the week.

Participants are required to bring their own digital camera. A DSLR or mirrorless camera is preferred, however, a point and shoot digital camera is also acceptable. Smartphone cameras are discouraged, as students will be working with image file types that may not be compatible.

Ages: 13-18

Dates: July 29 – Aug 2, 2024
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Tuition: $454

Location: Mason Fairfax Campus, Art & Design Building

Program Faculty

Richard Silva


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Richard Silva Is a senior at West Virginia University, where he is finishing his Degree in Art Education. His area of emphasis is photography, both digital and film and darkroom. He has gone with West Virginia University to both grand Tetons national park and Paris France as a part of photography workshops, and is a Substitute teacher at Fairfax County Public Schools, in addition to being a freelance photographer.

Dr. Justin P. Sutters

Program Director
Assistant Dean of Research and Assessment, College of Visual and Performing Arts
Associate Professor, Art Education
Director, Master of Arts in Education (MAT)

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Dr. Sutters was a K-12 art educator in an urban school district and also taught at an international school in São Paulo, Brazil. He attained his doctorate degree from the Ohio State University receiving national recognition for his dissertation. He currently serves as the Director of the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program in Art Education at George Mason University and is an Associate Professor in the School of Art as well as an Affiliate Faculty in the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD). He recently completed a two-year term as the Faculty Fellow for the SACSCOC Reaffirmation Committee and also another two-year term as the Stearns Center Faculty Fellow for Faculty Writing Support.

Dr. Sutters is published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and has presented his research at the state, national and international level in Brazil, China, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. He served as the Chair of the Professional Learning through Research (PLR) working group of the National Art Education Association (NAEA) Research Commission and in other capacities within NAEA. He served on the review board of Art Education and Visual Arts Research and has been a contributing member of the Data Visualization Working Group. His research focuses on pre-service practices, teacher licensure, national demography data, comparative studies/Brazilian studies, and theories pertaining to space and place. In 2019, he received a competitive grant from the National Art Education Foundation pertaining to his academic genealogy project and data visualization. In the summer of 2022, Dr. Sutters was selected to participate in the School for Art Leaders at Crystal Bridges, AK, and also was appointed to a two-year term with the NAEA Research Commission and he also attended the annual meeting in Park City, UT. He also was awarded an Emerging Administrator Fellowship from the National Council of Arts Administrators (NCAA) and will attend the annual conference in October,

He teaches numerous courses in the MAT program, is the Advisor for the NAEA Student Chapter, and mentors students on their research capstone. His studio practice and background currently centers around printmaking and he co-teaches a summer graduate course called Print/Paper/Books. He is the School of Art Liaison and an Advisory Board Member for the Mason Community Arts Academy, where he also teaches Portfolio Preparation courses in the summer for high school students.


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