WORKSHOPS at the Normal Public Library

The McLean County Arts Center is pleased to present the Spring 2019 Normal Public Library Workshops. Funded by a grant from the Normal Public Library Foundation and the Shirk Family Foundation, this workshop series is organized by the McLean County Arts Center and hosted by the Normal Public Library. 

Registration Policies:

Workshops are free and open to the public. Online pre-registration is required. 

Please be mindful of limited seating. If you are unable to attend, we ask that you call MCAC as soon as possible to cancel your reservation. We will offer your seat to someone on the wait-list. 

Spring 2019

    • April 29, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Normal Public Library
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    Introduction to Portraiture

    for Teens & Adults

    Monday, April 29, 2019

    6:00 - 8:00 PM

    Join instructor Erin Barnard, a local professional photographer with 10 years experience, for an introductory workshop in portrait photography. This two-hour course will cover basic feminine, masculine and gender neutral poses; framing a shot; an introduction to using the light around you; when and when not to use flash; posing flow for maximizing your time; working your pose at different angles; and hands-on experience practicing what you learn with other course participants. Bring a camera or cellphone (cellphone must have a camera) to participate in the practice portion of the lesson. There will be at least one professional Nikon DSLR camera available for limited use. This workshop is applicable for a hobbyist who would like to learn tips to take better photos of their family or a beginning pro looking to practice their skills and improve their workflow. 

    **This workshop will take place at the Normal Public Library.**

    • May 11, 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Normal Public Library
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    Drawing from Life with Inks

    for Teens & Adults

    Saturday, May 11, 2019

    2:00 - 4:00 PM

    Join instructor Jeremy Langston to explore using ink to draw from life.  Choose to draw from plein air or a still-life using various paint brushes.  Any skill level is welcome.  Jeremy will demonstrate how to prepare your ink and the application process, then you will create one or two drawings.

    **This workshop will take place at the Normal Public Library.**

    • June 01, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St., Bloomington, IL 61701
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    Introduction to Portraiture

    Saturday, June 1, 2019

    10:00 AM - 3:00 PM


    Join instructor Erin Barnard, a local artist and professional photographer with 10 years experience, for an introductory workshop in portrait photography. In this one-day workshop, Erin will teach students how to successfully execute a basic masculine and feminine portrait session. Each guest will need an iPhone or Android with functional camera or may bring a digital camera. The workshop will include demonstrations of masculine and feminine posing, lessons about posing flow, framing the shot, utilizing the lighting in your space, when to use flash, and angles to maximize your photo session. Participants will then practice posing with one another inside and outside the Arts Center with guidance from the instructor. Lunch will be provided.

    *Please select a sandwich option during the registration process. Choices are vegetarian, turkey or ham.

    • July 11, 2019
    • 6:30 PM
    • July 25, 2019
    • 9:00 PM
    • McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St., Bloomington, IL 61701
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    Detail, Storytelling, and the Power of Post-Processing

    Thursdays, July 11-25, 2019

    6:30 - 9:00 PM


    In this three-session course, artist and photographer Erin Barnard will teach students how to create artful photographs in their daily lives and the lives of others. Participants will learn about detail shots, storytelling with still life images, directing lifestyle shoots, and the power of post processing. Each guest will need an iPhone or Android with a functional camera and the ability to download suggested apps. 

    Session 1: Still Life/Social Media imagery.

    Every day life moments can be captured in the details. The cup of coffee next to your laptop, your toes in the sand. We want to view the world around us as an opportunity to capture moments that allow an audience a glimpse into our experience. Learn how to avoid background distractions, how to find the right lighting or angle, and how to add elements from around the space to balance your photo. 

    Session 2: Lifestyle photography. 
    This session will include a description of lifestyle photography, when guests will likely apply lifestyle photography to sessions, and how to direct moments without posing. A brief scenario will be described for photographing newborns, children, single adults, and families.  Guests will come up with three scenarios in their own life that would be conducive for lifestyle portraiture. Guests will then partner up and set up and capture a few lifestyle scenarios in and around the Arts Center.  

    Session 3: The Power of Post Processing.
    Even a basic photo can be enhanced significantly through the power of post processing. Participants will be introduced to two phone apps that allow fast and efficient editing of images taken in the past two sessions. We will discuss the the mood of the image and finding our personal style. Participants will have time to practice the filter styles and come up with their unique editing style. 

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