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UMM Offering Summer Papermaking and Photoshop Courses

Added on: June 06, 2011

Week-long intensive workshops feature hands-on, personal learning

MACHIAS, Maine – Immerse yourself in the arts this summer with a pair of week-long intensive courses at the University of Maine at Machias. UMM will offer a hands-on course in papermaking June 20 – 25 and a digital media course using Adobe Photoshop July 18 – 23.

Bernie Vinzani making paperIn ART 217 – Papermaking, students will roll up their sleeves and dive in hands first to explore the art of papermaking with Bernie Vinzani, a local papermaker and UMM art professor. In addition to cooking, beating, and forming sheets of fiber into paper, students will learn about the history of papermaking, the materials used in the history of writing and printing, and the aesthetics of material usage as it pertains to interpreting a specific written text or visual image. The course will also involve a critical analysis of works of art and books using handmade paper and comparative study of paper made from different fibers.

The UMM campus is home to a fully-equipped Book Arts Studio that houses two Vandercook printing presses, a C&P Old Style press, and etching and lithography presses. Papermaking equipment includes a Reina Hollander Beater and a hydraulic papermaking press.

For more than 25 years, Vinzani has made paper professionally for book editions and artists at his personal mill in Whiting.

Professional photographer Leslie Bowman will lead the second intensive course, ART 214 – Digital Media. The six-day workshop using Adobe Photoshop, the professional standard in image editing software, is geared toward users of all skill levels.

Through exploration in image capture and photo processing, students will gain the skills necessary to realize their camera’s potential while learning various means of enhancement, color correction, and manipulation to create unique compositions. The class will examine documentary photographs and digital composites while considering personal interests. Through lectures, demonstration, fieldwork, and computer instruction students will be introduced to key concepts and then be given the opportunity to create a body of work.

Students should come to the class with images they want to work on, or bring a camera to capture new images to work with. They are also encouraged to obtain their own copies of the Adobe Photoshop software so that they have the program available for use after the workshop.

Bowman has worked as a professional commercial photographer, photo editor, and fine art photographer for over 20 years with extensive experience in traditional darkroom and digital photography and printing.

Papermaking will run 9 a.m. to 4:50 p.m., Monday, June 20 through Saturday, June 25. Digital Media will run 8 a.m. to 4:50 p.m., Monday, July 18 through Saturday, July 23.

To register for UMM summer courses, visit or call 255-1223.


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