Colleen Eversman
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MCAD Continuing Education provides unique and quality arts classes for students of all ages and abilities. Here, we chat with photographer Colleen Eversman about her experiences.

What was your most recent MCAD Continuing Education class?

This summer I took Narrative in 27 Frames with Jason Pearson. The class focuses on the photographic portrait as a means of personal expression using disposable cameras. 

What is your day job?

I am a freelance photographer.

"There’s this myth that in order to be an artist or to make art it has to be a masterpiece. False. Just start creating."

What drew you back to MCAD and Continuing Education classes?

I’m not formally trained as a photographer—taking CE classes is a way for me to learn more about my craft without having to pursue a degree.

Colleen Eversman

Some of the photos Colleen took while in Narratives in 27 Frames. 


How would you describe your artwork?

I would describe my personal work as documentative and diaristic.

What excites you most about your photography?

I love that it’s always a little bit uncomfortable. I try to find ways to always stay just a little bit outside of my comfort zone.

"What I like most is that [MCAD] feels like a place to explore your own ideas with the direction of wisdom and experience of your instructors."

What has been your most challenging experience in one of our classes?

Truthfully, it has been honoring taking time out of the day to dedicate to the assignments and class time. I’ve come to realize how much time work and daily life really take up, so it was good for me to force myself to make time for this.

Colleen Eversman

Colleen participating in a class discussion as part of Narratives in 27 Frames.


Where do you find inspiration?

I look to other photographers for inspiration, but mostly I look to myself. I have this inner dialogue about how I’m feeling about certain things . . . What is my perspective on this or that, and how does that fit into the broader conversation?

What is one piece of advice you would give to a friend who is just learning a new artistic method?

I would say don’t be afraid to make crap. We all do. There’s this myth that in order to be an artist or to make art it has to be a masterpiece. False. Just start creating.

Colleen Eversman

This was Colleen's second Continuing Education course, having taken Tintype Photography last fall.

 

What do you like best about classes at MCAD?

What I like most is that it feels like a place to explore your own ideas with the direction of wisdom and experience of your instructors. Sometimes left to my own devices, I take myself down a rabbit hole, so having some direction from an instructor is really helpful.

How would you describe the learning environment at MCAD? What keeps you coming back?

The learning environment here is super friendly and welcoming. I’ve taken two classes here and have enjoyed them both. Many of the classes are really affordable, and I appreciate the hands-on experience. All of my classmates have been super cool as well, so that’s always a plus!

 

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