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Colleen Miniuk-Sperry Seminar and Workshop

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Country Springs Hotel / Ingelside Hotel

2810 Golf Road

Pewaukee, WI 53072

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A Photography Seminar and Workshop by Colleen Miniuk–Sperry

March 2, 2019 - Saturday - 9 AM to 4 PM Seminar – Ingelside Hotel – Pewaukee

March 3, 2019 - Saturday - 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM Workshop – Milwaukee Art Museum

Our speaker is Colleen Miniuk–Sperry, she will be presenting an all-day seminar, with an optional Workshop on Sunday. The topics she will be talking about are:

  • Finding Your Creative voice

  • Composition: No More Rules!

  • Seeing the Light in Outdoor Photography

  • Ebb and Flow: Riding The Waves of Creative Energy

Finding Your Creative Voice

While an Artist-in-Residence at Acadia National Park in winter 2013, Colleen felt the same sense of awe she had experienced on countless days before. But while photographing sunrise along the coast, she knew something had changed. Her process had become routine, her photographs safe, and her photographic "voice" quiet.

It's easy to succumb to habit and boredom. It's even easier to default to photographing the iconic scenes-ones that no doubt offer striking beauty but often lead to a repeatable, documentary photo "everyone" else has. How do we depart from our habits and the popular to find and nurture our own personal creative expression?

Using Colleen's insights from her exciting artistic transformation during her three artist-in-residencies and 450+ days in Acadia, she'll share how she changed from a photographer who likes to take pretty pictures into a visual artist who makes personally meaningful visual expressions. She’ll share specific ways to tap into your individuality, collect new ideas and knowledge, and connect with the landscape in fresh ways. Learn how to rely less on your external surroundings to provide the creative “juice” and how to incorporate your own voice to every subject and scene.

Composition: No More Rules!

Anyone who has spent even a little time dabbling in photography has likely heard about the many “rules” of composition. And the emphasis on such a topic is for good reason, for how a photographer arranges the visual elements within the frame directly affects how viewers perceive his or her photograph.

But often times photographers spend much time forcing their scenes to fit the rules (which yields technically “perfect” but perhaps boring photographs) rather than arranging the subject matter based on emotional responses and human perceptions.

This insightful and educational presentation goes beyond reviewing the predominant composition rules and shares how we can leverage the reasoning behind human perception (not rules!) to help elicit specific responses from our viewers. Hear how people respond to subject matter placement, visual weight, the use of different types of lines, and other elements of visual language to help us arrange our scenes to communicate our unique messages more emotionally and effectively with our audiences.

Seeing the Light in Outdoor Photography

Are you seeing the light with your photography? How a photographer utilizes and records light in an image can make the difference between an effective shot and one headed for the trash!

Hear how to create the illusion of shape using the light’s direction, predict the changing color and quality of light throughout the day, and record unique photographs during varying types of weather patterns like rainbows, the Earth's shadow, and fog. By understanding the behavior of natural light, you can take your photographs to the next level without pressing any buttons on your camera!

Ebb and Flow: Riding the Waves of Creative Energy

Famous psychologist Mihaly Csíkszentmihályi suggests in his research that people are happiest when they experience a blissful mental state of “flow” where they are “completely involved in an activity for its own sake. The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz.”

No doubt, it’s a nirvana state for artists. But what happens when peaceful waters turn into turbulent rapids? When we feel stuck or uninspired, how do we get our selves into this heavenly zone with our photography? And once we get there, how do we make it last? Is it even realistic to believe we would or could sit in this state all—or even just some—of the time?

Colleen will share a personal story of how her life and photography started ebbing unexpectedly in 2015 and the adventure she had in returning to the flow in October 2017. You’ll hear specific ways to achieve this joyous state in your work and your life — and how to embrace the struggles, release expectations and judgments, and redirect your creative energies to generate new inspiration when waves beckon. By understanding and applying the Experience Fluctuation Model, autotelic personality, divergent thinking, and Zen philosophies like “shoshin” and “mushin,” you’ll be ready to keep your paddle “all in” through the waves within the creative process.

Workshop (Sold Out)

The Optional Workshop will be on: The Art of Seeing Differently. It will be held at the Milwaukee Art Museum on Sunday, March 3, 2019, from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM. The workshop will be limited to the first 20 people to sign up.

The Art of Seeing Differently

Are you tired of photographing iconic scenes or the same thing over and over again? Do you feel like you are stuck in a rut with your photography? Are you looking for new ideas to take your photography to the next level? If so, join Colleen for a three-hour creative jolt during this insightful post-seminar workshop.

To kick off the three-hour session, Colleen will provide a quick review of the creative process, where new ideas come from, mindfulness, and visual language. Afterward, you'll put these techniques to practice in the field as Colleen guides you through an interactive exercise aimed at stimulating the analytical and creative parts of your brain.

During this workshop, participants will specifically learn how to:

1. Observe a scene using mindfulness

2. Develop a sensory inventory based on individual knowledge, passions, and insights

3. Connect verbal language with visual language to refine your vision

4. Visualize and refine compositions based on human perceptions

5. Critique their work to ensure their vision comes to fruition

Seminar Registration – March 2, 2019 (9:00 AM to 4:00 PM)

$49.00 Early Registration for the Seminar (Includes Lunch) before 2/5/19.

After 2/5/19 till 3/1/19 it will be $69.00 (Includes Lunch)

Workshop Registration – March 3, 2019 (3 hours)
Limit of 20 attendees

$30.00 Early Registration for the Workshop before 2/5/19.

After 2/5/19 till 3/1/19 it will be $49.00

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