Photography Apprenticeship
Nature, Landscapes & People

1 weekend a month school year outdoor program teaching photography

Join our Photography Studio! Tell stories with your camera! Apprentice with expert photographers and explore urban and natural environments, finding incredible subjects to photograph: wildlife, landscapes, and people, too! For beginner to advanced students, our small class size allows instructors to give individual attention to each student!

Join our Studio Artists!

Join our Trackers Art Studio, playing and learning skills with fellow Apprentices. Together as a team you…

  • Work with a Trackers Art Teacher mentoring you in photography.
  • Learn to be self-directed, empowered to craft your journey as an artist.
  • Build a portfolio of your work, taking home and using what you make.
  • Find a cohort of fellows creating art and crafts together in our photography studio.

Learn Photography

In monthly studio weekends you study the art and science of photography through the following skills:

Equipment & Application Learn to use a variety of camera types: from phone and tablet to high-end cameras. Learn to care for and maintain your photography kit.

Lighting & Composition Learn the core principles of photography: lighting, composition, and more. Explore outdoor photography and natural light, as well as studio lighting techniques.

Editing & Storytelling Get outside and discover the wonders of Earth, from wildlife to natural landscapes. Explore the urban environment learning about photojournalism, architecture and city wildlife. Go small with macro photography! Learn to tell a specific story through digital editing.

Trackers supplies all equipment. Our Apprenticeship teachers are experienced artisan educators teaching authentic skills. They inspire positive growth through connection to nature, community, craft, and art.

Explore the Program Schedule

This program is Fall to Spring. There is one Weekend Studio Day a month and five optional Seasonal Gatherings the entire family can attend. Schedule options below.

Weekend Studio Days 9 total - Typically 1 Saturday a month (1 PM - 4:30 PM)

During Weekend Studio Days, kids get hands-on time in our Trackers Arts Studio. Studio Days include:

  • Mentoring with our Photography teacher, learning lighting, composition and storytelling skills.
  • Exploring the outdoor environment, for wildlife and urban subjects.
  • All program materials and equipment provided by Trackers Art Studio.
  • Connection and fun with new friends and other photographers in training.

Seasonal Gatherings 5 total - Weekday evenings or Weekends during the day

Trackers families can attend Seasonal Gatherings filled with food, fun, and connection. These events are optional and include:

  • Family Picnic  Welcome the autumnal harvest with festivities, food, and music.
  • Track-or-Treat Trick-or-treat on a fun and mysterious tracking trail through the Trackers Lodge.
  • Holiday Party Herald the arrival of winter with food and friends at our Holiday Party.
  • Garden Party Help plant our gardens for summer and fall in Sandy, Oregon.
  • Graduation Wrap our year together with a community potluck and BBQ.

Get a Trackers Art Studio Membership

For your registered year (Sept - August) you receive a full Trackers Art Studio Membership which includes:

  • 9 Art Studio Days, 5 Seasonal Family Gatherings.
  • A Trackers T-Shirt, Trackers Woodcarving Guide & monthly Trackers Journal.
  • 50% off the Trackers Archery Range for immediate family members (free during Seasonal Gatherings).


Tuition includes all Studio Days and Seasonal Gatherings. Reserve your place with a $95 non-refundable deposit, then pay the remaining tuition in 8 monthly payments of $80 (total $735). Your first payment is due August 31.

Returning Student Discount Apprentices returning from a previous program year (within Fall to Spring) receive a 15% discount. Use your discount code (emailed) or Contact Us to receive one.

Need Financial Help? We offer Opportunity & Merit Scholarships of 5% - 15% off. Up to a $110 discount off the full tuition. It's quick and easy to apply.

Please note, scholarships and multiple discounts cannot be combined.

Choose your Schedule

When choosing a schedule, be sure your Apprentice can make most of the weekends. Evening Meetups and Seasonal Gatherings are optional. Due to group size limits, we do not allow switching between schedules.

Weekend Cohorts

Choose your Weekend (Wind or Water), then choose your day cohort (Sunday or Saturday). Each Cohort features 9 Weekend Studio Days (8 AM - 3:30 PM) and 5 optional Seasonal Gatherings.

WIND Weekend

SATURDAY Afternoon

Grade 3-5 Photography Apprenticeship

1 PM - 4:30 PM

  • September 16, 2023
  • October 7, 2023
  • October 28, 2023
  • November 18, 2023
  • January 6, 2024
  • January 27, 2024
  • February 17, 2024
  • March 9, 2024
  • April 13, 2024

WATER Weekend

SATURDAY Afternoon

Grade 5-12 Photography Apprenticeship

1 PM - 4:30 PM

  • September 30, 2023
  • October 21, 2023
  • November 11, 2023
  • December 9, 2023
  • January 20, 2024
  • February 10, 2024
  • March 2, 2024
  • April 6, 2024
  • April 27, 2024

Family Gatherings

We offer 5 Seasonal Family Gatherings (optional).

Family Picnic Oct 14, 2023
Track-or-Treat Oct 26, 2023
Holiday Party Dec 9, 2023
Garden Party Apr 6, 2024
Graduation May 18, 2024