A Picture Perfect End to the Summer

Craftivate concluded summer photography classes with a public exhibition in August. Taught by the amazingly talented local photographer, Elizabeth Grant, high school and adult students went through six weeks of classes. Elizabeth covered everything from the basics of your camera to composition and editing. In the end, students chose 7-10 of their best photos to be printed and showcased.


Elizabeth told me that her goal for the summer classes was “To be able to explain and express the technical aspect behind taking a good photograph and have the students be able to apply it to their work.”

She says that the most challenging part was “Being able to take something that at this point in my career, comes naturally and break it down to explain to someone why the photo came out this way and how something can affect their photograph. I had to backtrack and think back to everything I was taught in high school and college and try and explain it to the students to make them understand.”

With a little rearranging, Elizabeth was able to turn the studio into quite the gallery. With rows of photos gracing our walls, chairs set up in the center of the room to create that perfect gallery feel, and stellar wine from Southern Connecticut Wine Company, we were excited to open our doors to the public. Many of our photographer’s final works were sold allowing Craftivate to donate to a cause near to our heart, the Closer to Free Ride for Smilow Cancer Hospital. At the peak of the exhibition we had around forty people in attendance and raised over $400.

Craftivate wine

Though six weeks of photo class just skims the surface of understanding this complex and beautiful art form, it’s clear that our students were able to apply their new skills and understanding to create beautiful photographs.

“The whole night was my favorite part.” Elizabeth beams. “To be able to see the students light up when a photo sold- not to just a family member, but a stranger- to see how proud they were to see their work hung on the wall, talking with the families and friends of the students, and to hear how everyone enjoyed the camps... It was very rewarding to see…”


Thanks to everyone who attended and donated, and to the artists who shared their work with the community!

We can’t wait to have Elizabeth come back to teach more! Here is a list of her upcoming photo workshops and more at Craftivate:

  • 09/30/17 - Intensive Photo 101 Workshop

  • 11/11/17 - Holiday Photos Like A Pro Workshop

  • 12/09/17 - Photo Editing with Lightroom and Photoshop Workshop

  • 3/6, 3/8, 3/13, 3/15, 3/20 & 3/22/18 - Beginner / Intermediate Photo Class for Adults

  • 04/06/18 - Beginner / Intermediate Photo Class Exhibit

  • 07/16/18 - 07/20/18 - Summer Teen Photo Camp

  • 07/27/18 - Summer Teen Photo Camp Exhibit

  • Private Photo Lessons - $85 / hour - contact CraftivateCT@gmail.com

Please check out the Craftivate Events Page for more information about our photo offerings or go to our Tickets and Booking page to sign up now.