2022 Summer Program


Class #11

Door County Photography Retreat

Karen Alesch

May 15 - May 21, 2022

instructor imageEnjoy a weeklong retreat photographing the beauty of Door County, with dedicated open studio time to pursue your personal direction. The class is geared toward nature, landscape and macro photography.

Half of each day will be spent in the field photographing nature at its best: iconic Door County destinations, barns, homesteads, wildflowers and intimate landscapes, along with a few hidden gems. There will be field demonstrations to enhance your photography techniques and stretch your creativity.

The other half of each day will be spent in open studio, allowing you to focus on your individual areas of interest—organizing your photo galleries, expanding your editing capabilities, building a website, creating a photo book, doing more shooting, diving deeper into your camera and photography techniques or just enjoying the serenity of The Clearing grounds. You will have time each day to explore and expand your own photographic direction with Karen’s guidance.

The class is designed for DSLR camera users. A thorough understanding of the features of your camera is recommended. Participants should also have basic knowledge of their photo editing software as well as good working knowledge of their computer.

Some moderate hiking is involved in this workshop. Karen will contact all participants prior to class with a recommended supply list.

Karen Alesch is an avid photographer, specializing in nature, bird and landscape photography. She has exhibited in Door County at the Hardy Gallery and in the Milwaukee area at the Museum of Wisconsin Art, the Sharon Wilson Center for the Arts and the Walker’s Point Center for the Arts. Karen has spent 25 years in the corporate training industry and was a co-founder of an online training company. She has spent time in Door County for over 30 years and enjoys photographing its beauty in all seasons.

Karen will contact students prior to class and send a supply list.
Car pooling is needed for this class.

Level: All levels
Materials Fee: There may be fees, not to exceed $25 per student, for state park entrance fees and/or a ferry ride to Washington Island.

Pricing (per person):
$1180 Dorm Room Package*
$1280 Two-Person Room Package*
$1920 Single-Person Room Package* (limited availability)
$675 Commuter Package** (limited availability)

*package includes tuition, lodging & 16 meals
**package includes tuition & 7 meals


NEW IN 2022! In order to register online, you will need to sign into a Clearing User Account. Complete user account info and "How To's" can be found on our Clearing User Account Page.