Summer Workshop

The ATPI Summer Workshop for Instructors Only has offered specialized instruction to over 850 teachers for more than 26 years. This three-and-a-half day workshop allows teachers to choose from one of several tracks, providing opportunities for improving personal skills and classroom activities. Teachers from all curriculum areas (art, journalism, industrial technology, vocational education) make new friends and learn from each other in a relaxed, fun atmosphere. The workshop will take place in Austin, TX this year at Austin Community College – Northridge campus.


  • June 18-21, 2019


  • $275


  • Workshop fees
  • Two lunches/one dinner/snacks
  • Gift bag/other fun items


From first-year instructors to seasoned vets looking to spice up lessons, join the basics boot camp class to learn the ins-and-outs of camera functions, the exposure triangle and how to teach f-stop and shutter speeds to teenagers. The class will be a mix of hands-on activities to grow your skills and lesson sharing to build your curriculum. Bring a tripod and a variety of lenses if possible.
This class will be led by John Knaur, retired senior marketing manager for Olympus America, and Leah Waters, journalism adviser at Heritage High School, Frisco.

Get hands-on experience producing a news package. For this class we will break down all of the aspects of producing packages for an in-class broadcast. From interviewing to B-roll, to picking sound bites and finally cutting together a full package, you will learn everything you need to know to teach your students.
This class will be BYOD – Bring Your Own Device. Bring whatever equipment your students will use so that you can practice and learn how to troubleshoot the equipment. If you do not have equipment available, email and we will provide some.
The class will be led by Kyle Juntunen, broadcast adviser at Allen High School, Allen.

Straight Outta Camera
This class is now full. Please register for one of the other two classes.
Tired of spray-and-pray shooting and fixing it later in Adobe Photoshop? Take captive your raw captures. If you have a working knowledge of manual exposure mode, this experience can make you Ansel with an EOS.
While shooting architecture, nature, street photography, low-light and night photography, we’ll learn how to pre-visualize every aspect of the image, from filling the frame to exposure, to controlling shadow and highlights, to deciphering the histogram, to anticipating what may need to happen later, in post.
Members of the group will critique the unedited images SOC – Straight Outta Camera. Only after the critique will instructors permit cropping or toning. You’ll love it. You’ll hate it. You’ll make your students do it.
Bring your camera, extra lenses, and a tripod. Instructors are Ian McVea, photography instructor at Martin High School, Arlington, and John Skees, Fort Worth photographer.

Registration Fee Discount

As a special incentive to encourage some new people to join us, any teacher who has previously attended the ATPI Summer Workshop can bring one new person this year (someone who has never attended) and receive a $25 discount on both registrations – pay only $250/person. Both registrations should be mailed together to make it easier for us to keep track of them or include a note with each registration letting us know the two names that should be linked.

Conference Hotel

We have rooms blocked at the Fairfield Inn Northwest/The Domain in Austin for the ATPI Summer Workshop. Reservations must be made by May 28 using the link below.

When figuring rates, add 6% state tax and 9% city tax. To be exempt from the state tax, you must submit a Hotel Occupancy Tax Exemption Form. No other form will work. Schools are not exempt from the city tax. Reservations must be made by May 28, 2019 and guaranteed with a credit card. After May 28 availability is not guaranteed. The Fairfield Inn offers free wireless internet access and breakfast.

Fairfield Inn Northwest Austin
11201 North Mopac Fwy, Austin TX 78759

To make your reservations please click here.

If you are looking for a roommate to share a room and split the cost, email us with your preferences and we’ll try to match you up with someone.


We are excited that Austin Community College, Precision Camera and Vanguard are supporting the 2019 Summer Workshop.


The schedule is always subject to minor changes. The emphasis will be on hands-on experiences.

Tue, June 18
1 – 2 p.m. Check-in – ACC
2 – 3:30 p.m. Introductions
3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Class
5:30 – 7 p.m. Dinner (on your own)
7:30 – 9 p.m. Group Activity – Arboretum

Wed, June 19
9 a.m. – noon Class
noon – 1 p.m. Lunch
1 – 5:30 p.m. Class
5:30 – 7 p.m. Dinner (ATPI)
7 – 10 p.m. Night Photography – Mt. Bonnell

Thu, June 20
9 a.m. – noon Class
noon – 1 p.m. Lunch
1 – 5:30 p.m. Class
5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Dinner (on your own)
7:30 – 10 p.m. Finish up assignments – Fairfield Inn

Fri, June 21
9 – 11:30 a.m. Wrap-up, awards and show-and-tell – Precision Camera