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Confluence: Guiding Poetry into Visual Art

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June 21, 2022
June 23, 2022
10:00 - 4:00

Workshop Overview

The heart of this workshop is a playful yet structured exploration of two forms of self-expression, poetry and visual art. No previous experience necessary. Through the lens of nature, short prompts will provide shape and inspiration for our writing. Working on paper panels, we will combine handwritten text with a variety of methods for adding color, marks and imagery. Acrylic paint and other media will allow for multiple transparent layers. The two processes will feed one another. Participants will leave with a rich and expressive piece of art that reflects the inner workings of the poetic process from rough draft to completion.

About the Instructor(s)

Rebecca Wild is an artist and calligrapher from the Port Townsend, Washington. Her work pairs a love of letter forms with the luminous qualities of drawing materials and paint. She was a calligraphy and art instructor in Portland, Oregon for 25 years and now teaches workshops for art centers and guilds throughout the West Coast. Rebecca is an enthusiastic and organized instructor whose emphasis on process and technique is infused with creativity and encouragement. She strives to help beginners feel successful and to give established artists fresh ideas. Her goal is to make the making of art accessible to everyone.

Kate Reavey earned an MA in Poetry with Gary Snyder as her mentor. She is an award-winning teacher with almost thirty years experience at Peninsula College as well as The Evergreen State College and Olympic Park Institute. She co-facilitated the Indian Voices Poetry Group at Lower Elwha Klallam Heritage Center, and her PhD is centered on poetry, creativity and beloved community.

Materials List: Students Bring

• A notebook or journal and a pen or pencil

• Several images or objects from nature that will be used as inspiration for art making

• Scrap paper for mark making 5- 10 sheets (this can be used copy paper that is not printed on one side)

• 4H, 2B or HB, 6B pencils or similar variety of graphite pencils (Note: make sure your pencils are not water-soluble)

• A half or whole sheet of 220 sandpaper

• Tuff Stuff eraser or Tombo Mono Zero (Instructor’s favorite) Eraser or General's Factis Mechanical Eraser

• Note: Pentel Click Eraser will work if you can’t find one of the other 3 (they are the fine tip white erasers that are housed in a retractable case)

• Staedtler Mars White Plastic eraser

• Kneaded eraser

• Loew-Cornell 1170 Brush Set, White Nylon, 3-Pack Set can be purchased here: or similar

• Small Paint palette with wells for mixing color (Plastic egg cartons work too)

• Water jar

• Small scrap of a soft, fine weave cotton rag (old t-shirt is especially good)  

• Towel or rag for wiping brushes

• Sharp Xacto knife #11 or #16 with extra blades (or similar)

• (Self-healing) plastic cutting board for art any size (If you don’t have one contact the Rebecca for an extra)  

• Paper sack to use as a garbage can



• A stone, leaf, twig, piece of sea glass, pebble or something from the natural world that is small enough to carry and connects you with memories of being in a place that is important to you

• A photograph of a place that is important to you and/or brings you a sense of connection

• Soft Chalk Pastels (not oil pastels) Choose 3-6 colors of your choice. Choose deep hues that are saturated with color/Avoid pale hues

Note: Pan pastels* are expensive but well worth it. As are Sennelier brand Extra Soft pastels. Mungyo pastels are very affordable and work well as do Alpha Color brand. Avoid Nupastel brand. (Rebecca will bring extra pastels to share)

*If using Pan Pastels bring applicator tools

• Prismacolor colored pencils or similar

• Waterproof black pen

• Pointed brushes (also known as round brushes) bring a variety of small to large sizes. they will be used with acrylics

• Lettering/calligraphy/mark making tools

• Dick Blick Scholastic Wonder White Flat or Bright #20:  Serial #05380-1020 (Or similar)

• A hair dryer

• Wipes

• Drafting brush

• Apron

• Small sharp scissors

• Acrylic pens or inks

• Pencil sharpener

• Metal ruler with cork backing or a cheap wooden ruler with a metal edge

Materials List: Provided by Instructor(s)

• Arches Watercolor Paper

• Hammermill Superfine Paper

• Tracing paper

• Contact paper

• Vinyl Letters

• Stencils for Sharing

• Xerox copies

• Surgical gloves

• Powdered charcoal

• Containers for Charcoal

• Pastels for sharing

• India Ink

• Acrylic Pens for sharing

• China Markers for sharing

• Colored Pencils for sharing

• Embossing tools for sharing

• Eye shadow brushes

• Matte medium

• Acrylic paints

• Disposable paint palettes

• Eyelets and Waxed String for Hanging

• Color wheels for sharing

• Fun foam

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