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Confluence: Guiding Poetry into Visual Art

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June 19, 2023
June 21, 2023
10:00 - 4:00
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Workshop Overview

The heart of this workshop is playful yet structured exploration of two forms of self-expression: poetry and visual art. No previous experience with either is necessary and the two processes will feed one another. 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. Participants will leave with a rich, expressive piece of art that reflects the inner workings of 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 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 10-15 sheets, this can be used copy paper but not printed on one side.

• 4H, 2B or HB, 6B pencils or similar variety of graphite pencils (Not water-soluble kind.)

• 3 or more colors of Pan Pastels (These are richly saturated soft pastels)

• Pencil sharpener

• Scissors

• ½ - whole sheet of 220 sandpaper

• Tuff Stuff eraser or Tombo Mono Zero Eraser or General's Factis Mechanical Eraser

• Note: Pentel Click Eraser 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

• Water jar

• Dick Blick Scholastic Wonder White Brush-Flat #20 or #24 Serial #05380-1020 or #05380-1024, or a similar brush. It doesn’t need to have a long handle but needs soft, smooth, flat brush 1 inch or wider.

• Towel or rag for wiping brushes

• Sharp exacto 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 Rebecca, she has extras.)

• Paper sack to use as a garbage can

OPTIONAL: These may add to your workshop experience. Bring if you already own.

• 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 stick chalk pastels

• Applicator tools for Pan Pastels

• Prismacolor colored pencils or similar

• Fine tip acrylic pens. Posca Brand .7 mm are great.

• Acrylic inks

• Waterproof black pen

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

• Lettering/calligraphy/mark making tools

• A hair dryer.

• Wipes

• Drafting brush

• Apron

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

Materials List: Provided by Instructor(s)

• Arches Watercolor Paper

• Tracing paper

• Contact paper

• Vinyl Letters

• Xerox copies

• Surgical gloves

• Powdered graphite

• Containers for graphite

• Pastels for sharing

• Acrylic pens for sharing

• China markers for sharing

• Colored pencils for sharing

• Eye shadow brushes

• Matte medium

• Acrylic paints

• Disposable paint palettes

• Color wheels for sharing

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