Summer Workshop 2023


  • June 12-15, 2023


  • $275 registration fee


  • In-person instruction
  • Opportunity for one-to-one coaching and feedback
  • Door prizes

The ATPI Summer Workshop for Instructors Only has offered specialized instruction to over 920 teachers for more than 28 years. The 2023 workshop returns to Fort Worth, TX and offers three tracks for teachers to select from. All classes provide opportunities for improving personal skills and classroom activities. Teachers from all curriculum areas (art, journalism, career and technology, vocational education) make new friends and learn from each other in a relaxed, fun atmosphere.

Depending on the day’s assignments, class time runs from 9 am to 9 pm. Lunches will be provided, but dinners, except for one night, are on your own.


The Magic of Light

A hands-on class focused on the art of creating and managing light. From LED lights to electronic flash, participants will engage in an intensive lighting course that will help them understand light, both in the classroom and out, the use of modifiers, studio lighting techniques, remotes and triggers. Participants will also learn tabletop product photography lighting techniques, lighting ratios, high key and low key lighting and will practice these skills in both location and studio shoots.
Supplies needed: DSLR or mirrorless camera with manual controls, lenses instructors would use at their school with students, memory cards, and tripod. Shoe mount flashes used at school and laptops are optional, but helpful.
This class will be led by ATPI Vice President Erica Garcia (Navasota High School) and Ian McVea (Martin High School, Arlington).

Photo Teaching Bootcamp

Whether you are brand new to the classroom or an experienced educator, this class is for the teacher who wants to improve their teaching skills. This class will combine academic and practical exercises from camera handling to composition and computer workflow to storytelling. Teachers will explore assignment ideas and then practice what they’ve learned. Teachers will leave the class with ideas to give their students, along with practical examples to show what students can accomplish.
Supplies needed: DSLR or mirrorless camera, wide-tele zoom (your kit lens will work), 50mm f/1.8 if you have one, tripod, extra batteries and charger. Laptops if possible.
Class instructors will be Jeff Grimm (retired educator from Trinity High School, Euless), John Knaur (retired from Olympus America, Inc) and Andrea Schlepphorst (Byron Nelson High School, Trophy Club).

Video 101

Designed for both the beginning video instructor and the instructor looking to expand their skills, the Video 101 class will have hands-on experience on everything from Interviewing to B-roll, sound design, post production, and cinematography. We’ll dive deeper into the topics you find most helpful to take back to your classrooms.
Bring whatever equipment your students will use so that you can practice and learn how to troubleshoot the equipment. Supplies needed: Video capable camera, any audio recording equipment you have, tripod, extra batteries and charger, laptop with video editing software.
This class will be led by Matt Koby (Dickinson High School).


Our hotel for the 2023 Summer Workshop is Springhill Suites Fort Worth University. The hotel is approximately two miles from Trimble Tech High School, where the workshop will take place. The hotel offers free breakfast, free WiFi and all rooms include a kitchenette. Reservations must be made by May 19. ATPI has reserved a block of rooms from June 11 to June 15.
The rate is $99/night plus local and state taxes. Make sure that you bring your Hotel Occupancy Tax Exempt Form with you to remove the state sales tax. Use this link to make your reservation or call the hotel at 800.321.2211 and ask for the Texas Photography Instructors Workshop rate.

Springhill Suites
3250 Lovell Ave
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Hotel Website


Sun, June 11
7 – 9 p.m. Dinner with the group if you arrive early (on your own)

Mon, June 12
noon Registration Opens
1 p.m. Introductions/Overview
2 – 5 p.m. Classes
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Dinner (on your own)
7 – 9 p.m. Breakouts

Tue, June 13
9 a.m. – noon Classes
noon – 1 p.m. Lunch (provided)
1 – 3 p.m. Classes
3 – 5 p.m. Field trip to Amon Carter Museum
5:30 – 7 p.m. Dinner (provided)
8 – 10 p.m. Night Photography

Wed, June 14
9 a.m. – noon Classes
noon – 1 p.m. Lunch (provided)
1 – 5 p.m. Classes
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Dinner (on your own)
7 – 9 p.m. Lab Time

Thu, June 15
9 – 10:30 a.m. Class Wrap-Up
10:30 – noon Awards and show-and-tell