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The Mariposa County Arts Council is pleased to announce the return of the F/STOP photography program for Mariposa residents 55 years of age and older.

MARIPOSA – This program consists of a series of free photography workshops focused on the artistic elements of photography and is designed to promote creativity and self-expression, and increase comfort with digital technology.

This year, two standard workshops are available as well as an advanced seminar-style workshop for more seasoned participants:

Standard Workshops:

  • Mondays starting April 26, 2:00 – 3:15 p.m., 5-week in-person workshop
    held at the Mariposa Museum & History Center (5119 Jessie St, Mariposa, CA 95338).
  • Wednesdays, starting April 29, 3:30 – 4:45 p.m., 5-week virtual workshop held over Zoom Video Conferencing.

Photo Credit: Janet Burnside, F/STOP Participant 2019

The Standard workshops incorporate instruction on the elements of art, lighting & composition. Facilitated conversation about the field of photography and the work of famous photographers, and creative photographic assignments.

These workshops welcome all participants, new and returning.  Participants will be invited (although not required) to edit and share their work with the community through a virtual (and eventually, physical) exhibition curated by the Arts Council.

Participants are welcomed and encouraged to use personal equipment/camera devices, but should also feel comfortable emailing their high resolution images to the Arts Council for workshop projects. If individuals don’t have a camera and/or computer or need technical assistance they may check-out a camera from the Arts Council ($100 deposit required).

Contact Daisy at phillips@mariposaartscouncil.org or call our office at (209) 966-3155 to borrow equipment.

Advanced Workshop:

  • Mondays, starting May 10, 3:30 – 4:45 p.m., 3-week in-person seminar held at the Mariposa Museum & History Center (5119 Jessie St, Mariposa, CA 95338).

The Advanced workshop is designed for individuals who have participated in F/STOP previously or feel comfortable with basic artistic principles and techniques.

This course advances into creating compelling visual narratives and honing artistic voice. Participants should be comfortable with their camera and digitally sharing their images. This workshop will be an opportunity to share and discuss your work, network with other regional photographers, become more familiar with Photography’s canon, and sharpen your skills.

Please note – while technical aspects of photography will be part of the discussion, the workshop will primarily focus on the artistic elements and creating visual narratives.

F/STOP is instructed by Cara Goger. In addition to being the Executive Director of the Mariposa County Arts Council, Cara is a teaching artist, curator and photographer whose work focuses on social practice and participatory design. Her teaching experience includes: 7+ years designing and implementing participatory photography programs alongside refugee and displaced youth with the AjA Project (San Diego) and a staff/teaching position in the Education Department at the Museum of Photographic Arts (San Diego).

Registration is required but the workshops are offered free of charge. Space is limited, so please visit our website and register early to save a spot: www.mariposaartscouncil.org/fstop.

Related Story: Mariposa County Arts Council Awarded California Arts Council Innovations + Intersections Grant

Generous support for this program comes from the County of Mariposa, the California Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

The Arts Council is an incorporated not-for-profit organization, created to promote and support all forms of the cultural arts, for all ages, throughout Mariposa County and is supported in part by the County of Mariposa, the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and the California Arts Council, a state agency.


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