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Workshop Series for Adults

The Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts offers an Adult Enrichment Workshop Series, which takes place in the evenings and on weekends.  This program is open to the community.  Open to adults, 18 years +.  Check back to this page regularly for new workshop listings.

Introduction to Photography Workshop with Michael Fickes

Do you own a camera and wish you knew how to use it more effectively?  Do you wish you could create high quality family photographs?  Have you wondered how professionals use photo editing software to elevate their images?  If so, this class is for you!

In this three- week course participants will explore the possibilities of digital photography in the modern era.  Participants will learn how their camera really works, and unlock the secrets to creating stunning and memorable images.  The course will also provide participants with training on how to use Photoshop to enhance the quality of images and bring their creative vision to life.

Workshop Sessions:

Tuesdays, 6:00 – 8:00pm.  October 3, 10 & 17


Students must have access to a functioning digital camera.  For the most ideal experience the camera should have a Manual Operating Mode. Therefore, a DSLR or mirrorless camera would be best.  We do have some cameras available for use while in class if needed, but these would not be available to take home each week.)


$55 ($10 off if registered by September 15, 2017).  To register, call 610-868-2971 ext. 3185

About the Instructor:

Michael Fickes is a 2010 graduate of Millersville University with a degree in Art Education.  He has been teaching photography professionally since 2013 and has been a Charter Arts faculty member since 2015.

In addition to his teaching experience, Michael has worked professionally as a photographer, digital photo retouch artist, and as a graphic designer.  He also has a background in custom framing, art care, and gallery installation.

Michael’s drawings, paintings, and photographs have been exhibited throughout Pennsylvania, including gallery exhibits in York, Lancaster, Philadelphia and the Lehigh Valley.  Most recently his work has been shown at the Alternative Gallery in Allentown and at the 2015 Urban Arts Festival at the Banana Factory in Bethlehem, PA.  Michael’s photographs were featured in the 2016 Olympus InVision Photo Festival in a faculty exhibition at Charter Arts .

Crafting Your Digital Presence- Social Media Seminar

Capture, edit and publish content all from the palm of your hand.  Ideal for the small business owner, artist, or rising marketing professional,  this workshop will teach you how to boost your online audience, generate leads and grow a business or personal brand through visual storytelling on Instagram.

Instructor: Kristen Merie Wieder, freelance photographer and social media manager

Seminar Date:  Tuesday, November 5, 6-8pm

Fee:  $20.  Registration in advance is required.  Call 610-868-2971 Ext. 3185 to register.

ACTING FOR COMMERCIAL, TV, and FILM- How to get started in the regional market

Seminar: Tuesday, September 26


Learn how the commercial, tv, and film business really works!  This two-hour seminar is ideal for anyone who is interested in working as an actor (or for parents of child actors) in the commercial, tv and film business.  This informational session is jam-packed with valuable information about how to find and work with agents/managers, the role of casting directors, pay rates, headshots/resumes, child labor laws, audition and set protocols, how the business works in our local/ regional market vs. the larger markets of NY/LA, and more!  There will also be a Q & A session at the end of the seminar.  The seminar will be led by an industry professional who has more than twenty years of experience. She has over 600 credits casting and producing for commercials, corporate industrials, television, and film.   This is open to adults 18+.

Fee: $25 (paid at the door in cash or credit card)

RESERVATIONS are a must!  Limited seating.  Call 610-868-2971 Ext. 3185 to make a reservation.