How to Photodocument Your Work and Present Your Portfolio (FULL DAY)

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In this hands-on workshop, we will explore two essential professional practice skills that you need to get your artwork out to the public: Photodocumentation and Portfolio Presentation. Presented by Artist and Instructor, David McClyment.

Getting Your Art Out There

An intensive, hands-on workshop that will explore two of the most essential professional practice skills
that you will need to get your artwork out to the public: how to photodocument your work; and how to 
present your portfolio so that people pay attention.

We will start in the morning by looking at the do’s and don’t’s of photographing your artwork. This 
presentation will be followed up by a hands-on set up with lights, camera and tri-pods. The emphasis 
will be on how to achieve good results without having to resort to big price tech or requiring advanced
photographic skills.

The afternoon will begin by looking at how to organize the visuals in your portfolio so that they have the
maximum impact. What to put in, in what order, and what to leave out. How your portfolio should
change depending on who you are targeting. Part of this session introduce software like Photoshop to
correct your photography. Don’t panic – no experience required. This presentation will be followed up
by in-session analysis of participants individual portfolios. Friendly and positive commentary on what is
working and where you might improve.

What to bring (optional)

  • Your camera or cell phone, a small to medium sized piece of artwork (either 2D or 3D)
  • Your portfolio in a digital format. We suggest combined into a single PDF format. Please send to
the workshop leader, David McClyment, by Thursday June 22. He needs time to incorporate it
into the presentation.


David McClyment: has been obsessively drawing for almost 70 years, and professionally for over 40 years. He has exhibited primarily in the GTA, but also throughout Ontario and across Europe. His work has been the focus of many grants from all levels of government, including the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council. McClyment has shown his work across a wide range of venues: commercial co-operatives, public galleries, artist-run centres and commercial galleries, as well as organizing his own initiatives. His exhibitions have been reviewed in many major media outlets, including CBC (radio 2), Rogers TV, Globe and Mail, the Toronto Daily Star, the National Post and the Winnipeg Free Press. He is currently a full member of Red Head Gallery, an artists’ co-op in Toronto.

In addition to his career as an artist, McClyment has mentored hundreds of emerging artists; first through his role as a project officer in Visual Arts Ontario, an arts service organization (now closed), and most lately as a Co-Ordinator and professor in the Fine Arts Studio program at Centennial College. In that capacity he has received a number of awards for teaching excellence.

Recent exhibitions include “Bleeding Daylight” at the Red Head Gallery this past January; “Just Part of the Story” at the Corner Gallery in Haliburton Village in May; and the launch of “One for Sorrow”, a virtual reality exploration in collaboration with Lynne Heller at the Beaver Hall Gallery in Toronto at the end of May. Late in the fall, some of his work will be shown in Düsseldorf, Germany as part of an exhibition exchange, “Node”.
He has also recently become an author, publishing “So You Want To Be An Artist”. A 500-page print resource on professional practices for emerging find artists. As he writes: “Forty years of learning the hard way so that you don’t!”.

McClyment is inspired daily by his long-time reason for living, Sue Bracken, and their multi-talented son, Jaimie.


All ARTiculations workshops require advance registration, unless otherwise noted. In the event of insufficient enrolment, registrants will be notified prior to the workshop start date and a full refund will be given. No refunds/credits will be provided for withdrawal fewer than one week prior to the start of class. ARTiculations does not provide make-up classes or substitutions. This policy is subject to change without notice.

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