Creative Adventure: Squam Art Workshops

Looking for a great creative retreat? Squam Art Workshops looks like the perfect destination.

From their website: "Imagine turning down a long drive that leads you through a grove of pine, white birch, maple and oak trees and brings you right to the edge of a sparkling lake. As you step out of your car, you can see vintage turn-of-the-century cabins tucked along the shore and smell the pine needles that cover the road. It's an ideal setting for a creative retreat and that's exactly what we have waiting for you at Squam Art Workshops.

If you are looking for an experience that will provide you with the time, space, and inspiration to recharge your creative spirit, this might be just the ticket. Join us for an event that is designed to foster a safe and nurturing environment where you can explore a range of mediums. There are a whole range of classes to choose from that include: painting, printmaking, journaling, doll making, writing, knitting, sewing, photography, crochet, sculpture, felting and some classes that combine several of those elements into one workshop."

There are a few spots remaining for the September sessions, including a class being taught the wonderfully talented Andrea Jenkins (HulaSeventy), regular contributor to UPPERCASE magazine.

"Come experience the magic of Through the Viewfinder photography from the ground up! This special technique combines old with new, vintage with modern and is truly the best of both worlds. More specifically, Through the Viewfinder (TtV) photography is defined as taking a picture of any subject through the viewfinder of any camera with another camera. In this workshop, we'll use old twin lens reflex cameras and digital cameras together to produce images with an authentic vintage aesthetic. We'll begin the day building and personalizing viewfinder devices and then, armed with our cameras and newly-constructed viewfinder devices, we'll step outside for an experiential photo shoot. At the end of the session, we'll examine and post-process the dreamy results. Spend the day looking Through the Viewfinder in this wildly wonderful and backwards way and see the world around you with completely new eyes."

[photos by Jen Gray]