Jennifer Thoreson, Photographer

The Fine Art Figure | September 20-23, 2021, Cimarron New Mexico


This workshop will give students an in-depth, immersive learning experience

focusing on photographing the female figure. Students will learn to break down

the process of photographing the human body by re-learning how to truly see the

figure, and how to compose images thatare laced with both beauty and layers of

conceptual meaning.

Please click on the link below to read the full workshop description, and to view pricing, registration, and travel information:


The Practice of Conceptual Photography

Online Course | 6 June -- 1 September 2021 | SOLD OUT

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This three month course will help you to create a focused body of work that is personal, meaningful, and refined. You'll learn to instigate and translate ideas and convictions into a signature art practice. By learning to pull from your own 'DNA' to add layers of meaning to your work, you'll discover the foundation of creating your own method for making communicative, thought-provoking images. You'll learn the language of conceptual photography through thoughtful lectures, assignments, critiques, and by studying other artists who are working in the contemporary art world. We will dissect the practice of conceptual art-making, thoroughly breaking down each step, from inspiration, personalization, conception, production and finally placement within the art community.

To maintain a highly personalized, interactive experience for each student, the course is limited to 12 participants. Space in the course is reserved on a first come, first serve basis. Tuition for the course is $950. To register and reserve your seat, please send an email to In return, you'll receive a registration and payment form; simply complete each to hold your seat. Payment plans are available.

Our class will meet via Zoom on Sunday evenings at 6pm CST starting June 6. Please refer to the schedule below for exact dates. Each student will receive two one-on-one meetings, ten group classes, interactive group critiques, membership in a Facebook group to help foster ideas and receive feedback, worksheets, weekly assignments, PDF copies of lectures, class recordings for study, and personalized written critique on work produced for the class.

The PDF below details the curriculum week by week, so you can have an idea of what you'll be learning. Pricing and registration information is included here, too. Feel free to contact me with any questions, I'm happy to help!

Click here to view the full schedule and course outline: Spring Class Schedule.pdf

View a few testimonials from past students below:

Please take this class. It will be hard. This class is all you will think about. It is all-consuming in your brain. But then--you come out of it a better artist. Deeper ideas and concepts. Jennifer is amazing. Just sign up, you'll be glad you did.

--Linda Harding

As a very traditional photographer and painter, I came into this class with the least amount of exposure to contemporary and conceptual art. I found the work of Jennifer Thoreson to be extremely engaging and thoughtful. As intimidated as I was entering the realm of conceptual photography, I wasn't sure how I would fare in the "Practice of Conceptual Photography" class. Little did I know that the key word there was "practice". With each lesson, there was so much to learn. It all felt fresh and so exciting. Concepts I never thought to experiment with was revealed to me not only by Jennifer's amazingly comprehensive lessons and examples, but by the work and experience of all the other students in the class. The group shared so much and so freely with each other. We shared ideas, techniques, sources, life experiences, and so much more. At times I found that digging deep to find concepts that were personal and meaningful was very hard and painful. I experienced a gamut of different feelings. I went from anger, frustration, and fear to validation, excitement, and enlightenment all in a span of one project.
Many times I felt so much doubt in the work I was doing that I nearly gave up. But Jennifer took the time to hold me responsible and hold my hand while gently guiding me through all of those feelings. She assured me with sharing her experience and all she had learned from each body of work she had produced. She shared with me ways to navigate the bumpy parts of the road and she intelligently cheered me on when I got over my hurdles.
So in conclusion I have to say I recommend this class to any artist that wants to shatter their comfort bubble. If you want to dig deep, or think on a different plane and spectrum, or you are seeking ways to become a successful conceptual artist this is it. This is the class for you. Jennifer is a master at giving the most beautiful and detailed and effective critiques, she is open with conversations beyond the class time, her lectures are so intelligent and comprehensive, and beyond anything she is not only an amazing artist herself, but knows how to draw your artistry out from deep within your soul.
While all I said may sound really heavy and deep for what you may think of as just an art class, but let me say, if you take this class with Jennifer Thoreson, I have no doubt you will have a change in perspective you haven't experienced before. The world will look different to you. In the best way. Just show up, participate, do the work, and let yourself be touched by the practices she teaches.
It will elevate your art.

--Shadi Duncan

This is more than a class, it is a soul awakening journey. Jennifer Thoreson is one of those uniquely intuitive people who can connect with anyone, on any level. Even if you have no idea who you are artistically, or what you want to say with your work, this is hands down the best class you can take. Jennifer is able to peel back your emotional layers, one by one, until she reaches your deepest core. She brings you to a comfortable, safe place where all negativity and self doubt are gone. From there, through her artistic challenges and gentle guidance, you find a new way to communicate visually. Each week you learn more about yourself, and your craft, than you ever dreamt possible.

During this course you also learn how to promote and sell your work. Since starting with Jennifer I have been invited to show in galleries and museums across the United States, and have two upcoming shows in Rome. She teaches you the correct way to market yourself, and gives you the courage to take those first steps.

One of the best things is the group size. Limiting each course to a small number of artists allows everyone to truly get to know each other on a personal and professional level. You become a creative family. The bonds I made with the women in my group I will cherish for the rest of my life. You will laugh and cry together, and learn how to turn those emotions into incredible artwork.

--Tammy Swarek

Jennifer Thoreson is an extremely thoughtful, imaginative, and supportive teacher. She introduced me to a wide range of new photographic artists and ideas and provided detailed and insightful critiques of my own work. She has been an extremely organized and inspiring class leader, and masterful at juggling the various perspectives of each class member with their own level of experience. Ultimately, she guided us all (with wit and humor and a deep passion for Photography as Art) towards finding our own unique voice and vision. Jennifer led our class through a deeply engaging and enriching experience that is still shaping me every day as I think about what photography can give to the world. I have taken workshops for 20 plus years and this workshop being online has been great in that I have incorporated it into my everyday life at home. This class will serve as a reference in the future as I continue my photographic journey.

--Scarlett Hendricks