We first met Jessica Holleque during her artist residency at the Guild in the Spring of 2018. We were captivated by her photography that documented Spring Sacred Arts 2018. We are thrilled to welcome her this year as faculty to share her creative gifts!
Jessica writes, “Behind the lens, we become the storytellers for the people in front of our cameras.
This workshop is an opportunity to learn and discuss in community, how to look critically at the photographer/subject power dynamic. Together we will explore ways to work from an empathetic lens, empower our subjects, and map a road to honest image making. The days will include group discussions, self portraiture exercises, exploration of personal projects, and an opportunity to use the tools we’ve learned in a live photo session.”
This class is not a how-to for using your camera/editing/technical skills. Participants are invited to join wherever they are at in their technical skill set, put down comparison, and instead focus on the heart within their work. So much of this class will be about sitting in the mess together, digging deep and finding the stories that are begging to flow out of us, and exploring how the themes that are tugging at our own hearts can be found in the human experiences of others around us.
All experience levels welcome, including beginners. Ages 18+
We will come together as a group each morning, to discuss in community concepts and techniques of portraiture and storytelling photography and how to connect with your subject. There will also be a hands-on exercise each day to tap into our creative practice. There will be time each day to reflect and review work from the previous day’s exercise, so that we can continue to build on this theme throughout the week, ending with a live photo session/field trip to practice all the tools we’ve learned.
There will be time each day, to practice craft, edit, or just relax. You will also get to fill up with the Guild’s nourishing food and participate in Guild community activities. Jessica will be available for one-on-one mentoring or small group hands-on help throughout the week, focusing on personal photography projects.
Participants wishing to create complex or ambitious projects should expect to spend additional time working outside of class.
You will create digital images from daily exercises used for class review and/or your own portfolio. A live photo session at the end of the week will offer time to use the techniques learned throughout the week. Quantity will be based on the individual, with no expectation on end products, rather the encouragement to document the messy, beautiful process of learning together.
What should I bring to class?
- 8-10 images that are samples of your work (on a flash drive, or you can pull up your website, or bring prints)
- Camera and lens(es), Spare camera battery and charger
- Clothing appropriate for outdoor activities, including modest hiking
- Laptop computer for downloading, storing, and initial editing of photographs
The Full Package covers tuition + materials, all meals (Sunday dinner through Saturday brunch) and lodging.
Full Package: $745-$1195
- Private Room – $1195
- Shared Double Room – $880
- Library Dorm: $745
- RV Hookup: $715
Commuter Cost: $420
(Commuter Cost includes Sunday dinner, Monday through Friday lunches, and Saturday brunch.)
This class is part of the Grünewald Guild’s Spring Sacred Arts 2020: Forest Vision. Learn more about Spring Sacred Arts here.
April 26 – May 2, 2020
This is a non-refundable deposit.
The remaining balance must be paid in full upon arrival.
Date(s) - Apr 26, 2020 until May 2 2020