“Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks," said the classical Greek lyric poet Simonides of Ceos. But how can we capture the essence of poetry in our paintings? In this workshop, where no calligraphy experience is needed, we will explore the use of abstract calligraphic marks to make paintings that are inspired by poetry. We will work with the gestures of letters, flourishes, use of different tools and materials, as well as inward reflection to begin our paintings. The more we can listen to our intuitive self, the more honest, powerful and alive our paintings will be.
Using poetry as our starting point, we will discuss how abstract paintings can have an intrinsic connection to a poem. This includes the quality of line, size of strokes, shapes, direction of energy, color, value and texture. We will use sumi ink and watercolor to do exercises in calligraphic mark making, asemic writing, choosing colors, value studies and cropping the page.
If you are interested in looking for new inspiration for your abstract paintings, if you enjoy poetry, if you want to have fun and make exciting discoveries, then this is the class for you. You will leave with some finished paintings and ideas for more.
Sat and Sun, May 19 & 20, 2018 9:30am – 4:30pm
Sebastopol Center for the Arts
282 S High Street, Sebastopol, CA
Questions? Call Sherrie 707-528-1723
$190 (Plus $30 materials fee to cover most of the paper, ink, bamboo brush and more, to be collected in class.) Additional materials list will be sent on request or when registered.