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FIND ALL THE INFO ABOUT JOY’S ONLINE COURSE AT:

www.apertureoftheheart.com

Next course run will be April 24th through May 22nd.

This course is for creatives.

It is for meaning seekers and memory makers.

For those who thirst for childlike wonder.

It is for legacy keepers and photograph takers.

The goal is to change the way you see - 

through the aperture of the heart instead of just the eyes.

The kind of seeing where dust becomes wings.

and MEANING illuminates the everyday mundane like gold.

Who this course is for…

  • This course is for ALL CREATIVE SKILL LEVELS. I will be giving technical camera settings in the daily lessons for both iPhones and professional cameras.

    You do not need to have any prior experience with photography to benefit from this course.

I want to make sure this is perfectly clear: this course is not about learning to make perfectly exposed tack-sharp airbrushed pictures…

  • This course is about gaining new perspectives, being pushed outside of your comfort zone and getting to the very root of your creativity. Some of the lessons will involve taking out-of-focus photographs on purpose (as a symbol of perseverance through parts of life that feel fuzzy and unclear). In another lesson we create double exposure images in the spirit of symbolic layering of our emotions and roles. In a favorite lesson of mine we walk through the creation of what I call ‘Visual Anthems’ which involves some short writing prompts weaving a pathway to the making of images that remind us of who we are.

How the course works:

  • The course is broken up into a 4 weeks of learning. Each week has 5 active days and 2 rest days. Each active day’s lesson will begin with the presentation of that day’s selected ‘When Dust Becomes Wings’ image. Accompanying the photograph will be a video/audio recording of why it was meaningful, what happened in the making of it, the symbolism behind it as well as all of the technical photographic camera settings given. Two creative prompts are given daily to deepen your own creative vision and perspective - one short bit of writing to be done immediately following the daily lesson and one photograph to be taken at some point throughout the day. (Expected estimation of time to take the course per day: 15-20 minutes.)

WEEK 1:

- Learning to welcome beauty as a daily practice.

- Creating Visual Anthems.

- Shifting from eye sight to heart sight.

- The Neuroscience of Presence.

- Fear as the indicator you are going in the right direction.

- Leaving your legacy in photographs.

WEEK 2:

- Returning to the imagination of childhood.

- Engaging all five senses in your every experience.

- Viewing life and art as CRAFT with no finish line and no perfectionism allowed.

- Learning to stop needing the approval of others to believe our art worthy of being made.

- Naming the unspeakable things and why this is deeply important.

- The unplanned miracles in the practice of art-making.

WEEK 3:

- Creating a mission statement for your art.

- Using photographs as a salve for anxiety and self-doubt.

- The intersection of emotion and light to create engaging portraits.

- Redeeming shame for light using self-portraiture.

- Out-of-focus photographs on purpose as symbols of perseverance.

- Natural Light as the most brilliant teacher.

WEEK 4:

- Transition & how the struggle brings the strength.

- Artistic expression as visual prayers and tangible meditations.

- Posture & it’s importance - translating the burdens we carry into art.

- Learning how to achieve productive stillness.

- Rewiring negative thought patterns - the power of mindfulness.

- Sharing your gifts with the world.