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BodyWork - Elizabeth Opalenik 2+ Days


©Elizabeth Opalenik -Jojo

ABOUT BODYWORK:©opalenik_finding self 2012

Artists throughout history have been compelled to make art using the human figure as a subject. Trentham Easts natural environment provides an inviting backdrop to explore the sensual qualities of the human form while expressing your intuitive creative soul.

Gracious figure models will share their stories, and we share ours in return, practicing communication and respect for one another as we make images that softly whisper “yes.” Collaborating in small groups, participants experiment with natural lighting techniques while using complementary props.

As you expand your awareness and build on your existing skills through creative assignments, Elizabeth Opalenik offers her own experiential insights during model sessions and critiques. Throughout our time together, you are given ample opportunities to utilize your new skills during group field trips.

Images are stepping stones that bear the visual imprint of stories left behind, but good images don’t just happen. Quite often our best work lies just beyond our greatest failures. In this workshop's uniquely supportive environment, you learn to transform those failures into fuel for forging new ideas and exploring new paths.

I have been a photographic artist and educator for thirty plus years. I will say "Don't put off until tomorrow what you can enjoy today. It may not be there tomorrow." A good life lesson if nothing else. True, online learning is a wonderful thing, but there is something so special about the group experience of sharing creatively with others when you can be away from it all in a special location.



The workshop starts on the evening of the 20th from 5pm to 8.30 pm when Elizabeth will share with you her comprehensive folio of work. The evening will include a light meal.

This is a hands on workshop where the participants will produce a number of images throughout the two days. At the end of the 1st day you will share an evening meal with Elizabeth continuing workshop conversations. Discussions will also focus on intent for the final image.

Limited to 6 people. Discussions on movement and working with models, fabrics, props, fill light plus shooting locations to be determined. There will also be a critique of the first days work and time to share your portfolios.

Workshop fee includes all instruction, use of fabrics and props, models, locations, lunches and drinks for both days.  We'll begin at 9 am on the first day and end at 5 pm on the last.




Elizabeth’s heart is in her Oakland California darkroom working with Mordançage images and hand painting.For the past 30 years Elizabeth has privately conducted workshops in the US,  France, Italy, Mexico, and Argentina and in partnership with the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, the Maine Media Workshops, the British Guild of Portrait Photographers, National Geographic Expeditions, The Rencontres d’Arles,  and others.

Portfolios and interviews of her work have been featured in such magazines as Zoom, Camera Arts, Black and White Magazine, Silvershotz, Photo District News, Collectors Photography and Progresso Fotografico among others.  Commercial clients include Life Magazine, Gossard Lingerie, Coty Perfume,  Michael Good Design, Sea Air Holidays and ongoing campaigns for The Ladies Professional Golf Association and Nancy Lopez Golf. Elizabeth’s work is exhibited, collected and published internationally.  She is represented by, Verve Fine Arts in Santa Fe,  DeForest online and Corbis Stock Agency

For interviews on Elizabeth see Silvershotz 2006B&WMagazineB&W MagazineCamera Arts & Silvershotz

Elizabeth recently published her first monograph "Poetic Grace: Elizabeth Opalenik Photographs 1979-2007".

Class is limited to 6 participants

9.00 am to 5 pm,  lunch provided for the 2 days and dinner on the eve of the 1st day of the workshop.



We are sorry but registration for this event is now closed.

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[note: if you prefer to pay with credit card over the telephone, call Ellie on 03 5424 1835]