REVIEWS FROM PAST STUDENTS:

“Thank you, Deb, for a wonderful two weeks together. I really love this class! I took this class a second time and because it was an alumnus run for me, I learned even more this time. Deb, you are the best instructor and guide ever! Truly, you take every person and their different journeys into account and manage to make it special for each and every one of us. Thank you!” - Merja Varkemaa

“This class is for the all photographers, no matter where you are at in your journey -- starting a project or finishing one. There is so much information shared by Deb and her feedback is amazing. She goes above and beyond to assist you in your process. I noticed that in taking this class, it has helped fine tune my voice and vision as an artist. I highly recommend this course and Deb’s other course, Embracing Your Inner Artist.” - Tanya Reeder

“Deb is an amazing teacher! She was available daily to comment and answer all our questions. What I most loved about deb was her true honesty and thorough constructive critique.  I walked in knowing very little about project development and walked away knowing exactly what I want to do.  Immense knowledge and real life examples were shared!” -Reem Alshaikh

“Deb was great! I'm so happy that you have offer this class, as I don't know of any other online classes that have this sort of subject matter.” -Lacey Monroe

“This class was packed with information. It answered every question I had without me having to ask. I think Deb went above and beyond what many teachers normally do. I would definitely recommend signing up for this class. I honestly didn't feel any less being a silent student. It was so thorough and covered so much. I have a whole new level of respect for Deb. She is not only a talented artist but she has a wonderful way with people and educating.” -Sharon Covert

“I've been looking for "something" for a while with my photography and am constantly striving to keep my work fresh and new. This class was just what I needed. I found a whole new world of fulfillment with Deb's class. Aside from her being just a genuinely excellent teacher, she inspired me with her talent and huge wealth of knowledge about fine art photography and developing personal projects. While she educated us on all the "ins and outs" of the fine art world specifics and how to dive into that arena, she also drove home the importance of developing projects that encourage growth in yourself as an artist (whether the world sees that work, or not). She taught us to be patient with ourselves and our journeys, as they are all each uniquely our own. Enjoy the ride, enjoy that time of just "becoming"and stay on the bus...that was her message. I'm thankful for my time in her course- it was so therapeutic as an artist and a human.” - Desiree Deli

"I can't say enough about Deb Schwedhelm's Project Development & Fine Art Class. She is an excellent instructor – open, informative, kind, intelligent and a wealth of information. The class exceeded all of my expectations and has left me feeling as if I'm at the beginning of an exciting, meaningful and fulfilling photography journey! Thank you so much, Deb!” - Yasmeen Strang

“Deb Schwedhelm is such a good teacher! And such a great photographer with so much experience in the fine art world. This course was very helpful for me - I'm a professional photographer for quite a while in the advertising world but with no experience in the field of fine art photography. Deb goes through the whole process from the idea for a project to shipping an selling the pieces of art. And she encourages to see this as a process that takes years! She shows how ideas develops within the creation over time. It's about creating what you feel inside and you wish to communicate to the world. Deb is an inspiration and she knows how to deliver the information about creating a body of work.” - Sung-Hee Seewald

“I went in with so many questions about both Fine Art and Project Development. I came away with a greater understanding in both areas and what direction I should be pointing.  Deb was very gracious with her knowledge, skills, and time.  If you are seeking to delve into Fine Art photography, this is a wonderful class to soak up!  I am very grateful for the time, care & learning received in Fine Art & Project Development.” -Trish Reschly

"Even as a silent student, I found this class extremely useful. I am relatively new to fine art photography, and I learned so much in a very short time. Deb has provided a lot of links to external resources which I will continue to research now that the course is completed. I have been really inspired by a lot of the photos and the stories other photographers had to share. I would highly recommend this course for those interested in gaining more knowledge of this genre of photography." - Laura Reid

"The sheer magnitude of the material covered was beyond my expectations. I am so glad that I completely cleared my schedule for the two weeks. This was by far the most intense workshop I have ever taken. And the feedback from Deb in the final assignment was the icing on the cake. What a wonderful experience this has been!" - Sherri Davis

"I loved this class. I came into it feeling overwhelmed about the idea of where to get started with fine art. Having a new lesson everyday, allowed me to digest the information at a steady pace. Deb answered my questions quickly. I am so happy that I took this class, and I am looking forward to where this new knowledge will take me!" - Christal Houghtelling

"I learned so much from this course on project development and am excited to use the skills in the development of a few ideas I have in mind. Deb provided so much information, details on the thought process and critique of work to help you continue to move your project forward. And so much additional context as to why the topics or ideas mattered and how they can improve your work. I really loved this class and am inspired to keep working on what I've learned!" - Delanie Player

"If one truly wants to be the artist inside of them this is the instructor for you! If one is looking to push their boundaries to their special place, this is the path for that journey! If one is on fire to express any story through visuals with photographic art, this instructor and course are a must do!" - Sandra Reid

" This class is both inspirational and motivating. I found it to be a fantastic window into the world of fine arts photography, something I knew very little about. Not only that, but it broke down the steps to make actual progress towards accomplishing goals related to that genre. Great experience! Can’t wait to revisit as an alumni student." - Andrea Seider

"It was great! It felt like Deb was an open book and I Appreciate that a lot! She answered all my questions. A lot of info and references! Just great! I am now very motivated to continue the journey." - Patricia Pulido

“This has been such an informative and welcoming experience. Deb was a wealth of knowledge and so accepting of my place in my fine art journey. I enjoyed it thoroughly.” - Renee Johnstone

“No matter where you are at in your fine art or project work journey, this class is extremely beneficial. She breaks it down in a digestible format that doesn't overwhelm you but still offers VERY helpful information and insights into the fine art world depending on your goals. I'm very new to the fine art world but it's definitely an area that interests me in learning more about how it all works to get your work out there. This class was absolutely perfect for that, and Deb is a wonderful instructor to help get you primed for it. Tons of videos and resources that you can refer back to often!” - Katie Golobic

“I found this class so invaluable as a way to jump start a project. Deb was an amazing instructor who provided candid yet caring feedback through the entire class. I would take any one of her classes again in a heart-beat!” - Michelle Elkins

“Deb is more than qualified to teach this class, having had personal success in the fine art world. She is also a gifted teacher who gives kind but honest feedback and who is an open book, willing to answer any and all questions. It's obvious that she pours her whole heart into teaching her students and I got everything I hoped for and more in the class. I received a crash course in what it takes to engage in the fine art world - everything from concept development, to writing project statements, to getting exposure for my work through competitions and portfolio reviews. And although this is not a shooting or editing class, Deb gave me in depth feedback on several series I already had in process as well as critiquing a series I started as an assignment during this class. She also gave me feedback on my website, helping me merge my portrait work with my emerging fine art projects. I highly recommend this class for anyone wanting to learn more about fine art photography.” - Dana Ball

“I’ve always been in love with Deb’s work. I was interested in gaining some more knowledge on fine art work and this workshop came at the perfect time. When it started I felt that it was quite advanced for me. I thought I might be out of place there. I continued on and although I may not be up to the stage of submitting any projects just yet, this course (and Deb!) gave me the knowledge, encouragement and push that I needed to get started on project development. Starting small, but nonetheless, starting. I’m so glad I did it and persisted til the end. Deb has a wealth of knowledge and is so approachable and always willing to help. Thanks Deb!” - Marlene Sayson

“Both of Deb Schwedhelm's classes (Embracing Your Inner Artist and Project Development & Fine Art) were fantastic and in depth. She offered thoughtful feedback which has given me a lot to consider regarding the direction of my work. It is evident how much energy and passion Deb pours into the information that is presented. The online learning platform was easy to navigate, making the entire class enjoyable and smooth.” - Amanda Worrall

“Fine Art and Development was a class to remind myself to keep shooting for myself and keep pursuing what makes me happy as an artist. The content in class really allows you to think about your process and gives you tools for where to go with it. Deb is an incredible teacher with both heart and presence in the class.: “ - Natalie Marotta