Classes and Grant Opportunites

Springfield Photographic Society presents

2nd Annual Photography Workshop

  • FREE and open to the public. You must pre-register 
  • Saturday, April 12, 2014, 10:30am-4:30pm
  • Agawam Public Library, 750 Cooper Street

This workshop is designed for novice and intermediate level photographers who want to raise their current skill level and learn more about photography. The day will include several presentations by top photographers, but there will also be time to work in small groups so you can explore the features of your camera. There will be an emphasis throughout the day on how to do things, as well as an atmosphere encouraging everyone to ask any question that they have.

Please bring your camera, lenses, flash, and your camera manual (in case we need some extra help to answer a “how to” question). There will be ample time during the day for you to ask questions and to share your knowledge with others.

  • Sessions include:
  • Basics review – Sometimes you can’t rely on the point and shoot choices that your camera makes. This will be a down-to-earth review of how to choose camera settings that create the kind of picture you want.
  • People Photography – Would you like to take better pictures of your family, friends and pets? How about special events? We will discuss the challenges of photographing people and the tactics in handling them … how you let the action come to you, how you get people to do what you want, camera settings that work well, and where are some great local venues.
  • iPhone photography – It’s more than just “selfies.” We will cover basic settings, show a variety of images shot with an iPhone, and discuss any special techniques used at the time of capture. We will also review some of the apps available for editing/touch- up work.
  • Open Forum – We will have experts on hand to work with people on their questions. Weather permitting, we can go outside to shoot on various settings. Bring your manual and begin to explore the settings of your camera.
  • Macro photography – Interested in photographing flowers or still life objects? We will have an exhibit demonstrating the art of close up photography.
  • Equipment review – We will explain what is out there today and what you should consider when buying a camera, lenses, or other equipment.
  • Software Review – Why do we need to edit images? What are the most common things you want to do? We will provide answers and suggest some software products.
  • Adobe Lightroom – We will show you why Adobe Lightroom might be the software product you choose for most of your post processing, and demonstrate a variety of ways to create better looking images.

If you plan to attend, please register in advance via email to Kevin Fay:


Workshop 13


Located at 13 Church Street, Ware, Massachusetts, in a turn of the century 11,000 square foot church building Workshop13 offers affordable art and DIY classes to the public taught by many of the professional, and creative folks from the New England area.

Classes range from the single workshop for the commitment-phobics, to the more detailed, multi-day classes for those truly desiring to learn their craft.

Besides multiple classrooms, Workshop13 is equipped with studio spaces, and a complete kitchen facility. For cultural inspiration the building also houses a gallery with wonderful art created by some of the finest local and regional artist and illustrators in New England.


Vernon  Community Art Center, Vernon CT


The Joy of Painting (Ages 7-12)

  • Mon, April 28 – Mon, June 9, 4:15 – 5:45 (Six classes. No class May 26)
  • Fee: $100
  • Instructor: Debra Gag

Mom (or Dad or Grandma) and Me — Making Art Together (Ages 3 – 6)

  • Sat. May 3, 10, 17  10:00 – 11:00 (Three classes.)
  • Fee: $36
  • Instructor: Nancy Cooke Bunnell


Poetry from the Heart

  • Wed, May 7 – Wed, May 28, 7:00 – 9:00 (Four classes)
  • Fee: $85
  • Instructor: Joan Shapiro

Painting  Landscapes

  • (Beginners to Advanced Students Welcome)
  • Thrus, May 8 – Thrus, June 12, 7:00 – 9:00 (Six classes)
  • Fee: $125
  • Instructor: Debra Gag

Enjoying Pastels

  • Thrus, May 8 – Thrus, June 12, 2:00 – 4:00 (Six classes)
  • Fee: $125
  • Instructor: Nancy Cooke Bunnell

Morning Watercolor Class

  • Thursdays, 9:30am to noon
  • Location: Vernon Community Art Center
  • Contact: Beth Parys at (413) 245-3295


Marine Environment Art Grant

 Deadline: May 23, 2014

The Visual Arts Program of Sea Grant Rhode Island 2014 is currently accepting applications. Grants are intended to assist individual and collaborating artists whose works are related to themes of the marine environment. Curatorial proposals will be considered. A total of $3,000 in grants is awarded annually. Established in 1988 to encourage New England professional visual artists to address the issues of the environment of the ocean and its coastal communities. Learn more. 


Residencies for Women

Deadline: June 1, 2014

Turkeyland Cove Foundation, a grant program for women located on Martha’s Vineyard offers one, two or three week residencies for women that are looking to complete an artistic, career or academic endeavor. The grant pays a stipend for transportation to and from the island and allows for a solitary, beautiful and inspiring work environment with all meals brought to the recipient. Learn more.


New England Foundation for the Arts


NEFA site offers information about New England Art Grants, creative economy, and all things art related in our region. NEFA offers a list of events at Creative Ground. From workshops on strategic planning and nonprofit incorporation to advice on using social media to build audiences, the listings include an array of events around the region. Although is a resource targeted toward the performing arts field, these professional development listings are relevant for many creative economy practitioners. Anyone can view the listings and it’s free and easy for registered users to add events to the calendar.



  • WHEN:May 28,2014 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • WHERE :The Arts Block | Main Street, Greenfield, MA 01301
  • Cost: Free admission (snacks served; cash bar)

The Fostering Art and Culture (FACP) Buzz Network event will feature a presentation about NEFA’s CreativeGround (New England’s directory of creative enterprises and artists) followed by networking.

Contact: Michael Baines


On-going — Giclee of New England, Inc. Studio Classes and Coaching

Coaching in Digital editing, digital photography, website building, and Photoshop.  Classes will be scheduled when three or more individuals request a class. Individual coaching by appointment. Email:  or phone 413-284-4344 for more information.


Awesome Grants

deadline: Rolling

Yes, that’s right, the Awesome Foundation The Foundation provides $1,000.00 grants with no strings attached and claims no ownership over the projects it supports. Funded Projects have included efforts in a wide range of areas including technology, arts, social good, and beyond. To apply, you can  Learn more.
Deadline: Rolling


Susan Tilton Pecora: Watercolor Workshops

When:  3rd Friday and Saturday of every month, 10 am to 3pm
Cost:  $55 per day or $100 for both days

Rainy Day Boston

Each workshop includes step by step demos, exploring various techniques in watercolor, ending with a group critique.  Everyone works from pictures which I provide but if students want to paint outside in my gardens or paint the barns or draft horses on my property they are welcome to do so.

Students complete a 1/2 sheet watercolor in each class. $55 per day or $100 for both days. Located a couple miles from exit 6 off the Mass Pike, in Thordike, MA at my studio.  email: or call  413-283-7441 for more information.

To post your classes here send email to

“There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.”  ~Ansel Adams

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Scott Richards May 18, 2010 at 6:59 pm

Hey guys I am looking for some photoshop class for me .I now live in Agawam Ma can you all help me out of point me in the right place thanks Scott my cell 1-413-636-3822

Nancy@goneinc May 19, 2010 at 10:46 am

Hi Scott,
I teach a basic course at The Top Floor Learning, at the Library here in Palmer, starting July 14. You might find that you need a more professional course and there is one at STCC this fall. If you are looking for private instruction, I do that as well here at the GoNE, Inc. studio in Palmer, MA. Also at the Robert Floyd Gallery in South Hampton, there are often courses in Photoshop. If you are looking for On-line instruction, I strongly recomend See the link in the side bar on some of the pages of this website.

John Thorp November 24, 2010 at 3:46 pm

Hi Nancy, just letting you know that i ordered a CanonT2i through e-bay. Price was real good. I will be looking for a beginning photo class after the first of the year for Ian. I’m pretty sure he will go as I dropped the hint and he seemed to be interested. Soooo, if there are any plans to have a class, let me know. hope you and yours have a very Happy Thanksgiving.
Peace and Light,

Brian Hale July 6, 2012 at 4:59 pm

Hi Nancy,
I am interested in taking a Photoshop Lightroom class.

Pat Conant July 6, 2012 at 10:01 pm

Hi Nancy,
If you can you can post this information:

“The World of Prints and Printmaking” an online course on the history of printmaking will be offered during the Fall 2012 semester from Westfield State University, taught online by Pat Conant, Professor, Art Department. Learn about the development of printmaking from its early beginnings to today’s print world.

Pat Conant August 1, 2012 at 8:10 pm

Thanks, Nancy.

Sue French October 1, 2012 at 8:27 am

I am looking for a beginner’s digital photography class, do you offer them?


Nancy@goneinc October 11, 2012 at 1:34 pm

Hi Sue, I offer beginners classes. I have offered them through The Yellow House in Palmer. I have also offered them here at my shop. I will likely be offering a class in the winter schedule at the Yellow House. What version of Photoshop do you use? At the Yellow House I teach Photoshop Elements. I also offer one on one coaching here at my shop on Photoshop CS 4, 5 or 6

Kathleen Rollet July 7, 2013 at 10:27 am

Looking for a class to learn how to take great digital photos. Wondering what camera I need to purchase. What is a good class for a beginner?

Kathleen Rollet July 7, 2013 at 10:30 am

I live in Palmer. Forgot to mention that. I have been interested in finding a beginners course for over a year. Any feedback would be appreciated. I not looking to be a professional…just want a great hobby. Thank you.

Nancy@goneinc July 7, 2013 at 3:51 pm

Hi Kathleen.
I offer classes from time to time. But more importantly, think about joining out club. Since you are local (we are in Palmer too) this would be prefect for you. We meet twice a month and have an online social site for members only. Everyone who attends is friendly and helpful. We are a nice mix of professionals and beginners. Our mission is to have fun while learning from each other.

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