The Art Institute of Colorado
Clients can tell whether you really care. Show them work that gets you jazzed. Brad Bartholomew , Photography Instructor , The Art Institute of Colorado
Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?
I was working construction in Breckenridge, Colorado after graduating from college, taking a photo class at a local college when I realized that I really loved taking pictures. That’s when I started looking into a career where I could create images that move people.
How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?
My lessons always have “war stories” woven into them. That’s one of the things that separate us from other schools. We work in the industry, and we teach what we know. It’s important to me to pass this knowledge on, to pay it forward.
What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?
I love a project I give lighting students where they copy a painting as closely as possible. It teaches them to pay attention to the smallest details and focus on lighting, composition, and propping. They work so hard to recreate these works, with amazing results.
How does collaboration contribute to students’ success—particularly when students from various programs work together?
I just taught an advanced lighting class where Photography students worked on a project with Fashion students. They produced amazing work because they needed to rely on one another. They each had their own responsibilities, but they had to communicate in order to get the right results. It was a terrific real-world experience for everybody.
What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?
Be passionate about what you’re doing. Create a portfolio of images that will resonate with the market. Clients can tell whether you really care. Show them work that gets you jazzed.