Mearcair Workshops for Creatives

Giving you an effective voice on the internet and beyond.

Mearcair Workshops

These classes are designed to give you a voice as a small business owner or creative.  Whether you’re just interested in learning some programs to support your hobby, or you want to boost your online presence  to the next level of relevance and professionalism, these workshops will get you going.

browsericonsNeed a website, but it seems too technically complicated? We’ll show you how to use easy online tools to build a simple websites, even if you don’t know how to code.



iconsTweeting, Facebooking, blogging, and promotions don’t have to be overwhelming when you learn the basics of Online Marketing



manualcameraThat camera you got for Christmas is collecting dust (or is constantly set on automatic – might as well have gotten a point-and-shoot).  How about a course in Manual Camera Operation?



lightroomcapYou take great photos, but Photoshop is too cumbersome? Lightroom 5 is the fast track to easy color correcting, cropping, red eye reduction, and publishing your albums on the internet.



If you are interested in something related that you don’t see here, just contact me and I’ll see what I can do for you!

About Colleen

Colleen began as an artist and marketeer in 1993, as a major in her university’s theatre department and a marketing assistant in the theatre’s publicity office. She has since worked as a web developer for several Seattle-area tech startups, earned a certificate in digital video production, and has built and maintained websites for photographers, musicians, visual artists, healthcare professionals, and authors. She is keenly interested in empowering artists and small business owners to take control of their own web presence so she can spend her time on her photography instead of doing technical support.


Simple Website Creation

Many small business owners and creative professionals need a website, but don’t have the technical expertise to keep it updated and secure. It’s now possible to have a simple, easy-to-update, attractive website on a secure server without learning code or being talented in digital graphic design. I can show you the steps to get that site online, and how to take care of it once it’s there.

Yes, there are wonderful advantages to having your own user experience designer and coding department, and they’re worth the money at a certain point – but if it’s stopping you from having any web presence whatsoever, you need an alternative, and this is it.

  • Domain name registrations – buying, keeping, and using
  • Outlining your content (and determining your needs)
  • Selecting a website service that you can live with
  • What makes your site look professional?
  • Customization, maintenance and security
  • Integrating third party sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest)
  • Looking to the future – when should you pay for services?

Adobe Lightroom 5 Primer

Lightroom is a digital library and darkroom that gives photographers more control over digital files. Powerful tools for processing RAW files, easy cropping, color correction, and a great library module to keep giant catalogs organized and easy to use.


  • Building, using, merging, and migrating catalogs
  • Basic RAW (and JPG) editing, including color and contrast adjustment
  • Red eye remover and other special adjustments
  • Metadata – tagging, flagging, and rating
  • Creating publishing online albums
  • Exporting files for print and web

Manual Camera Operation

So, you got a fancy DSLR for Christmas, but you don’t now how to use it? Learn how to adjust your settings to get the look you want in your photographs.

  • Image format/quality
  • Aperture / f-stop
  • Exposure
  • Histograms
  • Lens options and functionalities
  • Filters: polarizers, UV, warming and cooling
  • Simple lighting solutions

Easier Online Marketing

If the idea of blogging and Facebooking and Tweeting and creating new content for your website overwhelms you, this should help. We’ll cover all manner of online marketing and help you find out what you’re willing to do regularly, and how to make it as easy as possible. We’ll also go over a couple of very powerful marketing strategies you may have never thought of.

  • Tweeting and Facebooking
  • To blog, or not to blog?
  • Newsletters
  • Mailing lists
  • Promotional videos
  • Advertising on other sites
  • Creating a publishing schedule that works for you

Schedule & Rates

We are currently tallying up interest for workshops in the second half of February, 2014, so it’s important that you let us know you’re interested.

We will be holding workshops at LxWxH in the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle, or in a residence close to there.

We expect workshops to last about four hours during a weekend afternoon.
Costs will range between $40 and $80, depending on the subject.

You can get notified of all upcoming workshops by subscribing to our mailing list. Your information is never shared, and you will get fewer than one email per week. When your classes are over, unsubscribing is very easy using a link provided in each email we send. So head on over to the Contact page!


To send Colleen a message, please email her directly: colleen @

Don’t miss out on all the nitty gritty! To sign up for the email list to receive all the pertinent info about these classes, just fill out the following form. Your contact information will NEVER EVER EVER be shared with anyone else, and you will probably not get more than one email a week (probably less)!

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