Photography Month at the Saginaw Art Museum

October 7, 2020 - October 27, 2020

We are designating October as Photography Month at the Saginaw Art Museum. We will be hosting a series of workshops on a wide variety of photography topics designed to help teach you more about how to become a better photographer. Check out the offerings below!

with Mike Kolleth
October 7, 2020 7-9 pm
Location: Saginaw Art Museum

DESCRIPTION: Photographing your athlete in action is a challenge. But it can also be a joy and a wonderful form of artistic expression. In this course, you’ll learn to “make” –  not “take” — impactful images and how to think like a professional sports photographer. The course is packed with practical tips that will improve your sports pictures immediately. While it does not center on gear, the class discusses configuring your camera for optimal results. Prerequisites: An interchangeable lens camera, and 30 minutes of pre-reading/watching that you will receive 1-2 weeks before the course.


About the instructor:  From professional baseball cards to highway billboards, Mike Kolleth has been making impactful sports pictures for amateur, college, and professional teams for decades. He is also the President and CEO of the Saginaw Art Museum and Temple Theatre, making him uniquely qualified to teach a course entitled, The Art of Sports Photography. All profits from his sports photography work are donated to non-profit sports organizations, primarily Special Olympics Michigan.

with Misty Grumbley
Location: Saginaw Art Museum

DESCRIPTION: Learn how to make a cyanotype photogram and create your own! You will learn about the process of cyanotypes and what gives it that beautiful blue color. Misty will also talk about the history photography and show examples of her work which was inspired by the work of Anna Atkins-the first woman to publish a book of photographs.

About the Instructor:  Misty Grumbley is one of Saginaw’s fine art photographers who specializes in alternative photographic processes. In May of 2018 she graduated with honors from Saginaw Valley State University with a Bachelor’s in Visual Art and a minor in Chemistry. The local artist has had several exhibitions in the greater Saginaw area including: Anderson Enrichment Center, Delta College, SVSU’s University Art Gallery, Studio 23, The RedEye Café, and her most recent exhibition at Gingerblue Gallery.

with Thor Rasmussen
October 17, 2020 7-9 am
Location: Greenpoint Nature Center / Saginaw Art Museum

DESCRIPTION: Something as simple as going for a walk with your camera can provide a wealth of richness to one’s life. In this workshop the group will go for a fall nature walk and participate in practiced observation using the camera. After a walk through Greenpoint Nature Center, we will meet back at the museum and see what you captured. All ages and skill levels are welcomed. Comfortable boots or walking shoes highly recommended.

About the Instructor: Thor Rasmussen is a professional photographer with a special focus on documenting lives of families throughout his community. His work has been shown at the Andersen Enrichment Center and Saginaw Valley State University Gallery. In additional to his photography work, Thor serves as the Marketing & Creativity Manager for the Saginaw Art Museum and Temple Theatre.

with Phil Eich
October 27, 7-9 am

DESCRIPTION: “The best camera is the one you have with you.” As photographers, we all love grabbing our DSLRs, mirrorless, or film cameras But in this workshop, we’ll be looking at creative photographic uses for an incredible photographic tool you almost always have with you: your phone.

About the Instructor: Phil Eich operates Full Steam Social Media, a story-based social media marketing agency that uses photography, videography, and writing to strengthen the brands of businesses, nonprofits, and cities.