CFA Offers Fall Foliage Photography Workshops

October 6 through 8, and October 16

Press release

The Center for the Arts is pleased to announce that two upcoming workshops for visual artists will be held in the month of October. 

Coming up on Wednesday, October 6, through Friday, October 8 is a three-day Fall Foliage Photography Workshop, led by Andover’s Jay Fitzpatrick at the New London Inn.  The goals of the workshop are to bring workshop participants to area locations best suited for fall foliage photo opportunities; provide them with technical support and instruction; and to help with various camera settings, tips on composition, and suggestions on how to create artwork with a camera and digital processing skills. And finally, to enjoy the company of others and the beauty of nature at this time of year.

Jay Fitzpatrick, the workshop leader, will be assisted by Mark Beerman.  Both are active members of the Center for the Arts and CFA’s Photographers’ Café, with many years of experience in creating photographic art and teaching photography.  They both exhibit and sell their work through a variety of venues, including galleries, art shows, and their websites.  Some of their work can be seen at the New London Inn.  Their technical knowledge of the many aspects of photography is surpassed only by their passion for the medium and for the pursuit of excellence in their work.

The three-day Photography Workshop is offered as a package and includes two nights lodging at the historic New London Inn, 12 hours of photography instruction (including photo shoots on location), a dinner voucher equal to $50, continental breakfasts and lunch the last day, and costs $650.  The workshop alone is $325 and includes the 12 hours of instruction, continental breakfast on days two and three, and the dinner voucher.

Sketching Autumn Leaves

The second workshop, entitled “Sketching Autumn Leaves: Drawing Natural Forms to Improve Your Focus and Memory” will be held on Saturday, October 16, from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM, also at the New London Inn, and is taught by Sue Anne Bottomley.  This three-hour workshop will have participants drawing leaves, grasses, and other natural objects.  

Participants will be doing this small scale with pens and pencils. Guidance and demonstrations will include close observation, enlarged detail, complex shapes, continuous lines, and negative space. Then participants will explore colored lines with pencils and artist crayons to combine skills. The workshop is for ages 16 and up; no experience is necessary.

Sue Anne Bottomley, a 1968 graduate of the University of New Hampshire, has given many workshops in printmaking, drawing, and art motivation in the US, Canada, and England. Locally, three times she presented classes at AIL, Colby-Sawyer College. She is the author/illustrator of five art books.

The Sketching workshop fee is $30. 

Registration is limited for both workshops. For more information and to register for the workshops, go to or email