Montblanc Master Class With Jan-Patrick Schmitz

This week, we were pleased to welcome photographer Jan-Partick Schmitz, CEO of Montblanc North America, into our new partner school, Urban Assembly Gateway School for Technology, for a Master Class on portrait photography with students in the after school photo program with teaching artist Laurie Krupp.


Jan-Patrick shared examples of his work and the techniques he used to achieve certain effects. The class discussed principles of light and strategies for shooting in both natural light and studio settings. The students’ work was uploaded for viewing and reflection toward the end of the class to discuss what tools they used to capture their subjects in different ways.


“We were learning how to bend light to the best angle that suits our frame. My favorite part was learning how to manipulate natural light to capture the moment. I like how photography shows the common factors between different people. I love the class.” – Venitia, 9th grade


Montblanc Presents: Master Class Master Class connects acclaimed professionals with Urban Arts Partnership students to provide feedback on works-in-progress and tools for further growth as artists. We are grateful for the support of Montblanc and the volunteer efforts of our Guest Artists who make our year-long Master Class series so meaningful and productive for participating students.


To see more photos from this Master Class, including examples of student work, click here.