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Exhibit & Critique will support photographers in recognizing and developing their vision as an artist.  The goal for each student in the duration of this course is to conceptualize, produce and execute a series or body of work that will be exhibited at PhotoHaus Gallery in an art show curated by Katie Huisman.  

Weekly sessions and work-in-progress critique(s) will support students with concept development, writing an artist statement & CV along with artwork production and gallery installation. * A theme pertaining to the group exhibition will be given during Class 2.

As a group we visit commercial galleries learning about and getting connected to the Vancouver Art Scene.   A series of lectures that study 'Composition & Visual Language' and address 'Historic & Contemporary Photographic Movements' will give students a sense of depth and knowledge to implement within their own work.

The Exhibition held at PhotoHaus Gallery is a dynamic, successful event featuring a DJ, Video Installation of the production of the show and is well attended by local curators, photographers, art lovers. 

Exhibit & Critique is a great opportunity for any photographer or artist wanting to show their work in a publicly recognized gallery space.


Below is an image of the exhibition mounted by Katie's class in December 2011:

Exhibition and Critique - Detailed Course Agenda:

Class 1 Introductions, Workshop outline, Lecture - Historic & Contemporary Photographic Movements
Class 2 Critique – Each artist must bring a collection of 20-25 images / 4 by6'" proof prints for critique and be prepared to discuss their work, sources of inspiration, conceptual ideas.  *The exhibition theme will be introduced during this class*
Class 3 Concept Development / Gallery Submission Guidelines – Concept development worksheet, writing an Artist Statement, Curriculum Vitae and Bio. Researching different types of galleries and other venues for contemporary artwork.
Class 4 Lecture - Composition and Visual Language – Knowing the rules and breaking rules of compositional elements and design, color theory, how composition and design effect image interplay when developing a body of work.
Class 5 Gallery Visit (to take place on a saturday)
_________________2 week work break___________________
Class 6 Guest Artist Series
Class 7 Post production / Presentation Workshop - File sizing for prints will be discussed along with any other post-production questions, presentation & installation methods for the exhibition will be researched and discussed.
Class 8 Artist Statement & CV Writing Workshop
Class 9 Final Critique & Artist Statement Review
_______________1 week printing break____________________
Class 10 Installation
Class 11 Exhibition Night
Class 12 De-Installation & Feedback Session 2 weeks after opening

*Please Note: in addition to the tuition fee, participants should expect approximately $100 to $150 in expenses for mounting/displaying their final images as part of the exhibition.

Katie Huisman:


Katie Huisman studied photography at the Alberta College of Art and Design, graduating and winning the Govenor General Award in 2004.  From there she took on an internship position at Kingsize Studios in Auckland New Zealand where she lived for 1 1/5 years assisting Adam Custins, Aaron K, Fraser Harding, Tony Drayton and countless other international photographers.

Today, Katie is based in Vancouver Canada, where she shoots for a variety of local freelance and international clients.  Katie has been exhibiting her work regularly since 1998 and has shown across Canada & overseas.  She has had the opportunity to create larger site-specific public art peices along with smaller works for private collectors.  Katie's work is represented by the Elliott Louis Gallery and can be seen exhibited regularly.

Check out Katie's website to see samples of his incredible work.



Intermediate/Advanced Level.


Maximum 12 participants.

What to Bring

Equipment Needed:

Camera equipment as required to execute your creative vision
Personal computer access for processing digital image files

Additional Costs:
Students will be responsible for printing their exhibition work so lab fees, paper and other presentation materials will be required.


Early-Bird Discount:

Most of our courses and workshops offer a 10% discount is applied automatically if you register before the Early-Bird Discount deadline date listed in the registration table below.

Some courses and workshops offer a discount if you're among the first 3 people who register. This discount will replace the 'standard' Early Bird Discount mentioned above, and will be applied automatically during the online registration process (as long as it is available). Check the course/workshop listing page for more details.

Group Discount:

A 5% discount will be appplied if 3 or more people register at the same time for the same workshop. (All 3 tuitions must be paid for by one credit card to be considered a group registration.) Please follow the instructions on the online registration page.


In order to provide the best learning environment possible VPW keeps class and tour sizes limited to 10-15 people (depending on the workshop). This is but one reason that we count on you to attend your chosen class or tour, once you have registered for it.

If you must withdraw for any reason please be aware of our refund policy as follows:

For our Local Lectures, Seminars, and Workshops valued at or under $100, VPW is unable to provide a cash refund. Transfers are limited to one transfer to either the same event at a later date, or a different event of equal value. VPW requires 48 hours written notice in order to make such a transfer (email notice is acceptable). The event you are transferring to must occur within 6 months of the original event you registered for. A $15 fee will be applied to all transfers.

For our Local Workshops, 1 to 5 days in length and our Local 4 to 10 Week Courses, VPW requires 30 days written notice (before the event start date) of your withdrawal in order to provide a refund. (Email notice is acceptable.)

For our Master Photographer Series workshops, 1 to 5 days in length, VPW requires 60 days written notice (before the workshop start date) of your withdrawal in order to provide a refund. VPW may retain 15% of fees paid or $150 minimum in processing your refund. If the tuition is less than $500 the minimum fee drops to $75.

Within 45 days of the Master Photographer Series workshop date all fees paid are non-refundable.

For our Photo Tours (national and international), the following charges will apply:

  • If you cancel up to 3 months before the tour start date and we can fill your space, your reservation (or deposit) fee will be refunded
  • There is no additional cancellation fee up to 8 weeks before the start of your tour
  • From 8 weeks to 4 weeks before the tour: 25% of your balance
  • From 4 weeks to 1 week before the tour: 50% of your balance
  • From 1 week to 72 hours before the tour: 75% of your balance
  • If you cancel within 72 hours of the start of the trip, no refund can be paid
  • Transaction charges incurred on accepting and refunding payments will be deducted from the refund amount
  • In the (unlikely) event that we cancel the Photo Tour, all monies paid will be refunded in full

We highly recommend that you take out travel insurance to guard yourself against monies lost due to unavoidable cancellation by either party.

Transfers (for all events over $100): If you wish to transfer to a different workshop date, VPW requires a minimum of 30 days written (email) notice. All transfers are based on availaibility, and subject to approval by VPW staff. For courses/workshops with tuition above $101, the transfer fee is $35.

Transfer Fees as based on event pricing:
Tuition of $100 and below, the transfer fee is $15
Tuition of $101 and above, the transfer fee is $35

VPW can give no refunds:

If you registered for any event valued at or under $100
If you do not show up for your registered course.
If you register for a course beyond or below your skill or ability level.

Refunds for all events valued at $101 and above (excluding Master Series Workshops):
If a student wishes to cancel their registration for any of VPW's events, and has provided written notice within the appropriate timeframe, a refund less a $50 administration fee will be provided.

Course Cancellation:

Occasionally, we may have to cancel a course due to low enrollment. In this case, we will issue a full refund of all monies paid to VPW up to that time.

Instructor Replacement:

In the event that a listed instructor is unable to participate because of a change in his or her professional schedule, we will replace the instructor with someone of equal or similar credentials. If we cannot find a replacement in due time before the course is about to start, a particular class may have to be rescheduled.


In the event that we cancel your course, for any reason, the extent of VPW's liability is limited to the return of all monies paid. We will do everything we can to register you in another equivalent course. VPW will not be responsible for reimbursement of travel expenses of any kind.

Please note: An administration charge of $50 applies to all refunds

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The Exhibition and Critique 12 week Course is taught by the following instructor:

Katie Huisman

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