A table with carefully arranged objects: grapes, plants, a large purple flower, small figurines of people and animals, and an apple sitting in a cup.

Charlee Brodsky, In the Garden (detail), 2019. Courtesy of the artist

Still Life Composition Workshop

Hall of Sculpture

$10 (Members: $8, Students: $5)


Join photographer Charlee Brodsky for this hands-on still life composition workshop that combines drawing and photography. Brodsky will lead a discussion about infusing the still life with personal meaning, then demonstrate how lighting and composition contribute to a successful work.

This workshop has something for everyone, whether a novice learning about this artistic tradition or an experienced artist honing a new skill for an existing practice. Please bring meaningful objects to include in your still life. Cameras and phone cameras may be used, although printing will not be available.

The New Life of Still Life: Charlee Brodsky Lecture
Hear Brodsky discuss her still life photography practice with Akemi May, curator of A Delight for the Senses: The Still Life, before the workshop at 1:30 p.m. in the CMOA Theater. This event is free and open to the public.

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About Charlee Brodsky:

Charlee Brodsky is a fine art documentary photographer and a professor of photography at Carnegie Mellon University. She describes her work as dealing with social issues and beauty. Her book, I Thought I Could Fly... Portraits of Anguish, Compulsion, and Despair, a collection of her photographs and personal narratives by people living with mental disorders, was published by Bellevue Literary Press in 2008. Among other projects, Brodsky photographed the former steel town of Homestead, Pennsylvania. In 2012, Brodsky was named Artist of the Year by the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.