Third Fridays, Starting January, 2012
Book & Word Arts: A Creativity Clinic for Wordsmiths and Booklovers
Paste, Scissors, Ink, Thread – What tools do you need to unfold the pages of your brain? In this monthly clinic, create handmade books, explore unconventional writing techniques, and practice community creativity – come to inspire and to be inspired, but, most of all, come to create and walk out with a new project in hand!
Ages 12 and up. Register in advance. Studio supplies provided.
January 20, 2012, 3:30 – 5:30 PM
Workshop [45 minutes]: Chaos. Top Chef for people who prefer to cook with nouns and verbs, this workshop will emphasize how starting out with “limited” resources can lead to unexpected results. Short writing and drawing warm-ups will focus your ingenuity for turning even the most chaotic ingredients into a feeding ground of delicious creativity.
Studio [75 minutes]: Make your own magnetized poetry kit and turn random selections of words into impromptu verse.
February 17, 2012, 3:30 – 5:30 PM
Workshop [45 minutes]: Storyteller. Artists and writers tell stories – but, where do they come from? In this Storyteller workshop, mine your own memory and family stories and explore new ways of “uncovering” and developing cooperative stories through found poetry and correspondence writing exercises.
Studio [75 minutes]: Create a one-of-a-kind handmade book where you can record the stories of the day, or save pages for the next story that comes along.
March 16, 2012, 3:30 – 5:30 PM
Workshop [45 minutes]: HeartMap. Maps are a powerful tool that help us navigate the world. Maps that show physical characteristics of a city can also show us what valuable resources are available, and what cultural artifacts have arisen, expressing the particular culture of the inhabitants. Likewise, drawing your own heartmap provides you with an opportunity to explore your own natural resources and values.
Studio [75 minutes]: Choose to focus your studio time either creating a handmade chapter journal or begin your own electronic blog in which to develop the themes from your heartmap. [Blog writers require parental consent to utilize the internet.]