The Learning Center Classes

People in Relationship with the Contemporary Landscape

This NEW class supports photographers who seek to develop new and ongoing projects that investigate and explore relationships between people and the land, including the built environment. This class focuses on the creative process in conversation with art history, research, inspiration, and personal experience. A wide range of approaches and interpretations of environmental portraiture and landscapes inhabited by people are encouraged.

Designed to help participants advance their work and artistic process, this class will explore historical environmental portraiture and artists working in the genre today. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to present new work and receive structured feedback from instructors Morgain Bailey and Stella Kalinina. Students will leave the class inspired and with new tools for engaging deeply with portraiture and place through their lens-based work.

Morgain Bailey is a Maine-based visual artist who brings a west coast perspective to her current work about the northeastern United States. She has an interdisciplinary BFA from The San Francisco Art Institute. Her work is inspired by documentary landscape photographers, landscape painters, American history, land-use politics, and the concept of the personhood of place. She also loves to make portraits that explore individual identity and relationship to place. Her work has been exhibited in museums, galleries, and publications across the United States.

Stella Kalinina is a Russian-Ukrainian American photographer based in Los Angeles working on contemplative stories about our connections to each other, our personal and communal histories, and the places we inhabit. She brings empathy, curiosity, and a collaborative approach to portrait-based stories that are firmly rooted in the sense of place. Kalinina is a graduate of ArtCenter College of Design and the University of Pennsylvania and a member of Women Photograph. She crafts visual stories for publications, institutions, and commercial clients and works on long-term personal documentary projects.


Registration & Fees: $300
Members Enjoy 20% Off


Register Become A Member

Attention: This class is an Online Class. Please register as you normally would, and Houston Center for Photography staff will update you with a reminder and login information about a week before the start of the course. 

Students will need access to a desktop or laptop computer with an internet connection to participate in an online course. If you have any questions about navigating our new system, please email education@hcponline.org for more information.



Class meets four Sundays:
October 17th, 24th, November 7th, & 14th
(Class does not meet on Sunday, October 31st)
1 - 3 pm CT


Capture, Project Development

What to Bring to Class

Access to a computer with an internet connection