We are proud to bring back 3 classes that challenge and support the artistic growth of intermediate to advanced
photographers, painters and carvers.  We’ll kick off with a short opening reception and welcome together, after which participants and instructors will adjourn to their own studios to begin learning!  The reception and all classes will be held at the Academy Art Museum, 106 South St., Easton, MD.
2016 Class Flyer FINAL (printable PDF)
Master Classes are sponsored in part by the Talbot County Arts Council, with funds from the Talbot County Council.tcac-logo

NOTE ABOUT REGISTRATION: When registering, we accept payment online via PayPal only.  If paying by credit card, please select CHECK and contact Jennie Russell at 410.822.4567 with credit card info.

Wil HershbergerPhotography: “Prep, Print, Publish”   

Hours: Wednesday, 5:30-8:30pm & Thursday, 8:30am-2:30pm
Instructors: Mary Konchar & Wil Hershberger
Cost:  Individual $85  / $150Pair (will share computer workstation)Register Now

Festival favorites, Mary Konchar and Wil Hershberger will guide students in the detailed art of preparing their digital files for output to a home-based printer or submission to a print lab.  Using state-of-the-art workstations, students will learn about monitor calibration, color space, bit depth, cropping, resizing, interpolation/resolution, media selection media, soft-proofing, output sharpening, selecting correct printer profiles, and choosing rendering intent. Each student will leave with a large format print ready for mounting.
Pre-requisites: Working knowledge of Adobe Lightroom and/or Photoshop.
Please bring: Bag lunch, original digital files to print; files may be edited, but not sharpened, cropped or resized.


 horn2Carving: “Perfecting Feathers”

Hours: Wednesday, 5:30-8:30pm & Thursday, 8:30am-2:30pm
Instructor: Tom Horn
Cost:  $110

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With Tom Horn, our 2015 Master Carver, students will take an in depth journey into the details of feathers, with a specific focus on making tail feathers. Student-artists will learn how to create the illusion of thinness in their carvings and be given guidance for ways to make tail feathers interesting.  Time permitting, the class will also explore other feather types and ways to enhance carving and detail work on them.
Please bring: Lunch, a sample of work, carving tools and set up, an Optivisor or similar for magnification of detail work. A 3/32” collet is recommended but not required. Optional: Small pieces of tupelo wood for practice, a clip on light for your workstation if needed.


 GreatBlueHeron. H ParkerPainting: “Flights of Fancy”

Hours: Wednesday, 5:30-8:30pm & Thursday, 8:30am-2:30pm
Instructor: Hillary Parker        Cost:  $115

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Join Hillary Parker, naturalist and international award-winning watercolor artist, for her fun and comprehensive workshop that takes a closer look at the indigenous waterfowl of the area, as students focus on painting delicate feathers, intricately woven nests, and a variety of eggs. This is an excellent opportunity for all watercolor artists to fine tune and master their skills in a detailed and controlled approach to watercolors. Through lively discussions and step by step demonstrations, Hillary challenges her students to develop and master watercolor techniques in form, texture and detail, working individually with each artist to guide and encourage them to capture their subject’s beauty with scientific accuracy.  Paper will be provided. Please bring: Lunch, your own paint, brushes and other supplies.

MSAC smallest size allowed

Community Conservation Mural

Friday, 10am-2pm

Kids Conservation Art Activity

Saturday & Sunday 10:00am – 2:00pm

Location: Waterfowl Building, South St. Lawn

Adults and children are invited to participate in this community artwork that represent what people value and love about the Bay ecosystem. Kids of all ages will making their own miniature version of the Conservation Mural by painting over previous years’ Waterfowl Festival programs and print publications then using templates provided to create and cut out their favorite Bay habitat creature.

This activity is sponsored in part by the Talbot County Arts Council, with funds from the Talbot County Council. tcac-logo

Kids’ Decoy Painting Class

Hours: Saturday, 10:30am – NOON

Location: Easton Middle School

Bring your children to a place where they can learn how to paint a miniature Canada Goose. Space is limited to 50 children and available on a first-come, first-served basis. The class starts promptly at 10:30am.
Kids Decoy Painting is sponsored in part by the Talbot County Arts Council, with funds from the Talbot County Council. tcac-logo

Kids’ Art Classes

Hours: Friday 11:00am – 4:00pm Saturday 12:00pm – 4:00pm Sunday, 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Location: Easton Middle School 

In partnership with the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, the Festival’s youngest visitors can try their hand at carving decoys, soap carving and painting decoy magnets.


Hours: Friday 10:00am – 5:00pm, Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm

Location: Easton High School

The Fishmobile is a traveling marine science program from Phillip’s Wharf Environmental Center in Tilghman Island that teaches kids and adults the environmental issues imposed on the Chesapeake Bay and its inhabitants. Visitors can touch or hold Horseshoe Crabs and Diamondback Terrapins, learn about oysters and how they help the Bay, examine a Blue Crab and explore much more!