Final Creativity Session with Greg Cradick January 21

Creative Conversations & Photographic Experiments…an a’la carte creativity workshop series for photographers


Meets: *approx. every other Tuesday from 6:00 – 9:00 PM
(*see specific dates with each topic)

Location: CPAC Gallery

Tuition: $20.00 each session
(Member Discount Available)


*Online Registration for this workshop series is closed – please call the Center for more information on this and other workshops.

Level: All

This idea provoking workshop series is guaranteed to fuel your passion for photography. Whether you came into photography recently and are not sure what to do next or you are a seasoned pro looking for a creative kick in the butt, these classes are for you.

Each class will be focused on one subject and we will explore that subject deeply through critique, discussion and creative hands on exercises. Each session will send you off with an assignment that will lead you to the next session. The unique aspect of this class is that each topic will be explored from a technical perspective as well as a theoretical one. In other words, we will look at both how something works (technical rules) and how it feels (emotional perspective). This kind of well rounded in-depth look at each topic will give us a clear and full comprehension of each subject as well as allow us to understand our personal relationship with each concept.

We will be exploring a wide range of topics that will make you both see your own work differently and give you a new perspective on photography in general. No matter what your photographic style maybe, skill level or the subjects you choose to frame- this series will show you new and creative ways to make and view photographs. Get inspired!


November 5: CRITIQUE– The best way to learn photography is to have your work critiqued and to critique others. We will discuss different methods of critiquing: analytical description, interpretation, aesthetically evaluative, etc. I will share with you my 25 questions that I ask every artwork I see, as well as demonstrate the “best” method for viewing an artwork so that you can bare witness to how they make you feel instead of relying on solely on your eyes.


November 19: BIG QUESTIONS– We will probe the big questions in art and photography: the nature of beauty, the nature of mind, truth in photographic images, what makes a photograph “great”, how does photography affect our worldview, and more. We will look at multiple theories of how we view photography and how it has affected us and our culture. We will also do some exercises that make us change our minds a little bit.

*Missed a session?  Don’t worry about it!  Each discussion is independent – sign up for the topics you’re most interested in or combine them for a full workshop with assignments to carry you from session to session!

December 3: BIG IDEAS– Photographs are representations of thoughts, ideas and emotions. They may appear as though they are depictions of things, people and places- but this is an exquisite charade. Why are we attracted to this image or subject, and repelled by another? We will talk about about the ideas behind your photographs, even when you are unaware of the existence of the concept, or unconscious of its creation. We will also view and discuss many important photographs in the history of photography from the vantage point of understanding the ideas behind the images.

December 17: CREATIVITY– We are all creative, it is what makes us human. So, what exactly is creativity and how do we cultivate it to be more abundant in our lives and in our photography. Where does creativity come from? What is inspiration? Do we have to travel some place crazy to be inspired and make good work? We will look at methods of igniting our natural passion for art making and photography that is alive deep within ourselves. We will see that we do not need to travel to some exotic place to make great images, our biggest resource for creativity is ourselves. Get ready to be inspired!

January 7: COLOR– Color theory for photographers. How do we see and interpret color? How does our camera capture it and our computer render it? How can we control it? We will delve into psychological interpretations of colors, color symbology, how painters use color, color palettes photographers should know about, black and white photography, and more! We will also look at the technical reasons color is so hard to get “right” in digital photography. We will do in class experiments with color and look at our own work and see how we have been making color choices without even being aware of it.

Creative Conversations & Photogrpahic Experiments w/ Greg Cradick

January 21: OUTPUT– We live in a world where photographs are not just prints anymore. Our choices of how to show our work to the public is expanding at a dizzying speed. There are fantastic benefits to all of these and unforeseen consequences. What is the difference between looking image as a traditional photographic print, or a web page on a computer, a web gallery on an iPhone, or in a book we can order online? There is great convenience with these and our ability to disseminate our creations to a more populist and diverse crowd is obvious, but how do these different outputs affect the viewing and interpretation of our work? For example, we all have a vision of the Mona Lisa in our minds eye, but each of us may have a different vision of it in our heads- even if we have never been to the Louvre. Also, there is a distinct psychological difference between viewing an image as a large scale print behind glass on a white wall in a gallery versus viewing the same image on a much smaller scale in an intimate setting like a book. What are the ramifications of these choices? Even photographic prints are qualitatively different now than they were a year or a century ago. What do prints look like? Digital printing, traditional darkroom printing, platinum prints, albumen, what are the differences? We will look at all of the output choices we have available to us as photographers in the 21st century with an open mind. We will look closely at what is lost and gained by each of these choices.

*Online Registration for this workshop series is closed – please call the Center for more information on this and other workshops.

Self Portrait by Greg Cradick

Self Portrait by Greg Cradick

GREG CRADICK is the former director of Working with Artists (2006-2010). Early on in his career he made his mark as a lighting designer for theatrical productions and dance, then had numerous exhibitions of paintings and sculptures. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from Savannah College of Art & Design with a BFA in Photography and Printmaking he began teaching photography in Denver, Colorado. At Working with Artists, Greg taught over 2,500 students in more than 250 different photographic workshops on over 30 subjects.Greg has been included in over 50 solo & group art exhibitions all over the country. He regularly gives lectures at museums and art institutions around Colorado, including the Denver Art Museum, the Denver MCA, RedLine, the Center for Fine Art Photography and more. He regularly curates regional photographic exhibitions in the rocky mountain region.