Project Development and Fine Art

taking your photography to the next level

with Deb Schwedhelm

NEXT SESSION 10/21/19 to 11/10/19


Class Overview:

I am so grateful to now be in my 13th year of my photography career. During this time, I nurtured and grew a successful portraiture business and made an award-winning transition into fine art photography. I have also had the incredible opportunity to teach and mentor hundreds of students along the way.

In this Project Development & Fine Art course, students will explore the process of developing a body of work and learn about the necessary skills to move into the world of fine art photography. Students will receive lessons on how to prepare and present a fine art portfolio, writing an artist statement, bio and curriculum vitae. Information regarding competitions, portfolio reviews and exhibiting will also be discussed. Throughout this class, I will share personal examples of my journey from a portrait photographer to a fine art photographer, while also assisting and guiding students with their individual creative projects. I will also feature and discuss established fine art photographers who have inspired me along the way.

While assignments will be given that will encourage students to reflect and critically think about their current photography journey and the stories they wish to tell, this class is formatted to allow unique, individual guidance throughout our entire three weeks together. Every active student will be provided with a personal thread at the beginning of class, which will be used to post and receive feedback on an ongoing basis, similar to individual mentoring but within an online small group format. My feedback and the pace that information is shared in each individual thread is directly driven by the participation of the student. If you’re new to concept/project development or you have a cohesive body of work, this class is for you.

What you will learn:

  • constructing a concept, idea or theme

  • the process of developing a cohesive body of work

  • key elements of an artist statement, bio and curriculum vitae

  • key elements of a strong website

  • editing and sequencing

  • fine art paper and printing

  • portfolio development and presentation

  • exhibiting

  • pricing prints

  • fine art marketing strategies

  • fine art competitions and portfolio reviews

  • building confidence and embracing failures

Class Mechanics:

This three-week online interactive workshop will include: 

  • unique, individual ongoing mentoring, providing guidance and feedback at a pace led by each student

  • daily lessons providing instruction and examples

  • daily interaction from me, leading discussions and answering questions about the material presented

  • video lessons that will accompany some of the written material

  • a digital PDF delivered at the conclusion of the course, which includes all core lessons presented (with option to purchase printed workbook)

  • assignments with video feedback from me

  • all students will be added to a very active and inspiring private Facebook group at the conclusion of the course

Student Reviews:

“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

To see testimonials from past students go HERE.


This class is for any level of photographer that has an interest in project development or fine art photography. Students should have a solid understanding of the technical aspects of photography and editing, as technique will not be discussed in this course. Depending on the stage that you are personally at, participation, guidance, and feedback will vary; however, the more you give, the more you will receive.


Active Seat $325 | Silent Seat $250 | Alumni $200

To learn more about the different types of seats offered, go to our FAQ section.

Dates of Next Class:

10/21/19 to 11/10/19


Please message me with any questions HERE