“Your dog sucks”

MIPA’s week of seminars started with a bang as Karl Gude spoke to campers about the importance of creativity and independence. From kindergarden judgemental drawings of dogs to simply speaking up in class, Gude explored society’s role in conforming and standing out from the crowd.

Karl Gude speaks to campers about using individuality in their life and standing up against conformity. "You were born curious," Gude said. "Over time you lose yourself. You've got to find yourself again."

Karl Gude speaks to campers about using individuality in their life and standing up against conformity.
“You were born curious,” Gude said. “Over time you lose yourself. You’ve got to find yourself again.” | Photo by Bailey DeLaere

Gude lectured on what creativity means at it's purest form. "All creative thinking is, is thinking differently than anyone else," Gude said.

Gude lectured on what creativity means in it’s purest form. “All creative thinking is, is thinking differently than anyone else,” Gude said. | Photo by Bailey DeLaere

After the creativity lecture, campers had time to rewind and discuss their views on the seminar. "It brought to mind a lot of stuff that I wouldn't normally think about," Renaissance High School senior Arianna Smith said. "Especially how we are all born creative."

After the creativity lecture, campers had time to rewind and discuss their views on the seminar. “It brought to mind a lot of stuff that I wouldn’t normally think about, especially how we are all born creative,” Detroit Renaissance senior Arianna Smith said. | Photo by Bailey DeLaere

"He brought up good points about conformity," Oxford junior Trenton Sabo said. " It's difficult to escape conformity and to an extent you have to live with it."

“He brought up good points about conformity,” Oxford junior Trenton Sabo said. “It’s difficult to escape conformity and to an extent you have to live with it.” | Photo by Bailey DeLaereGude explained the influences that push students to conform and how it affects creativity. "At a certain age, you become buried in everyone else's expectations," Gude said. "98 percent of kindergartners consider themselves artists. By high school only 2 percent do."Gude explained the influences that push students to conform and how it affects creativity. “At a certain age, you become buried in everyone else’s expectations,” Gude said. “98 percent of kindergartners consider themselves artists. By high school only 2 percent do.” | Photo by Bailey DeLaere

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