Here's the description from the Sedona site...
"Join Lumix Luminary Bob Coates for two days of expanding on the process of making your images more painterly and artistic using the Photo-Synthesis techniques. You'll want to bring your camera, computer loaded with Photoshop and a desire to play while you learn new techniques. We also recommend you bring a Pen/Tablet such as a a Wacom device. This makes making selections a much easier process.
This is a hands-on class for those who know the basics of their camera and Photoshop and are ready to step up their creativity. Taking your images to another level is one way to set yourself apart from other photographers. Bob has chosen to move his images to a more-painterly feel. He accomplishes this by fusing many images together utilizing a single subject blended together with many textures from nature, decaying made-made items and everyday items found through serendipity. The end result is an image that has depth and dimension and will often reveal different things to the viewer no matter how many times it is seen."
In addition, I found a great little discussion on fine art photography from the IUSA conference in January. Bob joined Frederick Van Johnson to talk about fine art and commercial photography. This is a great way for you to get to know more about Bob, regardless of whether or not you can be in Sedona.
For information about the Sedona PhotoFest visit their website. Combining education with the beauty and serenity of Sedona is an unbeatable combination! And, get to know Bob by following his blog!