The Wild Heart
with candice zugich
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It’s hard to discover who you are as an artist in a world where there are so many rules. In this four week workshop you will learn what it truly means to be an artist following your own heart and soul. We will cry, we will laugh, and we will make a difference. You will learn to find true connections that speak to you, and you will discover ways to find inspiration an a daily basis. You will be pushed into the things you fear doing and you will learn to love your vision along the way.
Please note that this course includes some fine art human form work. PG13 / Safe For Work materials are available for enrolled students who prefer them.
daily shooting encouraged
4 hours of work per week
this course has prerequisites
All students must be able to use their cameras in manual mode as no technical material will be taught. All students need a wireless remote and tripod and, on occasio,n willing participants. Students must have Lightroom for editing.
Candice Zugich is a fine art connection photographer. She lives in sunny southern California with her beautiful little family. She is a mother, writer, story teller, book worm, speaker and dreamer. She loves to create art through emotion and connections with others. She is a firm believer in breaking the rules and letting heart and soul guide you through your own personal path. She’s the proud face behind The Blissful Maven and she couldn’t be happier with her small business. She’s a free spirit.
Her portfolio is available here.
The following photographers also participate in discussions and provide assignment critiques as teaching assistants:
A number of course alumni are invited to engage in discussion, share insight with students, and provide feedback and encouragement throughout the course.
• Weekly PDFs (outlined in syllabus)
• Instructor-Led Online Q&A for Each Lesson
• Critiques of Weekly Assignments by Instructor
Study Along students will have access to all materials and will be able to view all content and conversation in the main workshop forum and receive access to their own private subforum for peer study groups and image shares. Study along students will not be able to ask the instructor questions or request instructor feedback on their assignments.
Welcome & Preassignment
Reading: Finding out what our fears are. This week we will go over the situations that we fear most and how we can overcome these by making real connections. We are going to find those fears and face them head on. We will discuss ways to break from our everyday routines by using Light and composition in ways we normally wouldn’t. We are going to find our weaknesses and our strengths.
Assignment: This week you will take a genre of photography you have never done before and you are going to push yourself in a way you haven’t. You will need to find a willing participant or use yourself.
Reading: Shooting for a feeling. This week is all about shooting what moves you. Sometimes what moves us is something we are scared of trying. You will need a couple, yourself, or an adult (children are hard to work with when you are trying to shoot for your personal feelings, so try and use someone other than children).
Assignment: We are going to shoot a session based off your emotions and what moves you. Do not think about rules. You will shoot ONLY what makes you feel something. You will need a couple, an adult, or yourself for this assignment.
Reading: Creating an image that stands alone. This week we will focus on creating ONE piece of art. We will go over what makes an image strong and what makes an image weak. You will find ways to create images that can stand alone.
Assignment: Focus on one thing. Make one image that stands alone and speaks for itself.
Reading: This week we will put everything together and make one large gallery of feeling and connections. You will choose whatever type of photography that speaks to you, and we’ll take it from vision to final edit.
Assignment: We will take the session we did this week and we will edit the session the way that best expresses our wild hearts.
The CMU workshop is a 100% online classroom experience. Once you sign up, you have access to a course forum that is open 24 hours a day so that you can learn and join discussions on your own schedule.
Each week students receive a set of course materials– these materials generally include a PDF and/or videos. Throughout the week, instructors and TAs are present in the forum every day to answer questions and offer encouragement. Students receive an assignment each week that pertains to the topics covered in the course materials and class discussion throughout the week.
Full Participation students engage in an interactive online classroom experience that includes instructor-led group discussions and detailed, personalized guidance for the duration of the workshop. Full participation students post their assignments in the forum and receive instructor and TA critiques each week. They also have lifetime access to a Workshop Alumni forum for continued peer discussion after the course concludes.
Study Along students have access to all materials and are able to view all content and conversation in the main workshop forum. They also receive access to their own private Study Along subforum for peer study groups and image shares. Study along students will not be able to ask the instructor questions or request instructor feedback on their assignments, but they can follow along with instructor critiques of the Full Participation assignments.
Whether you are a Full Participation student or a Study Along student, the course materials are yours to keep.