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Painting Poetry
painting poetry



“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
Painting/Drawing/Weaving Room
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.
Price: $185.00


Sherrie Lovler learned calligraphy in high school and fell in love with the broad nib pen. She continued studying with many of the great masters, including Hermann Zapf and Dick Beasley. She has a BA in studio art and began teaching calligraphy at age 22. Her teaching includes accredited classes at Northern Arizona University, International Calligraphy Conferences, Ghost Ranch, La Romita School of Art in Italy, Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, San Francisco Pen Show, Sebastopol Center for the Arts and calligraphy guilds around the country. Her work has been published in The Art & Craft of Hand Lettering, Letter Arts Review Annual Juried Issues, Bound & Lettered and many other books and journals. Her abstract paintings have been shown in solo exhibitions and many juried and group shows. Sherrie's newest book, On Softer Ground: Paintings, Poems and Calligraphy, won a gold award for Most Outstanding Book Design of the Year for 2016 from Independent Publishers IPPY Awards. Her work can be seen at www.artandpoetry.com.
Cancellation Policy
  • Cancellation prior to one week before start of class will be refunded, minus a $15 processing fee. Cancellation less than one week prior to first day of class or after class begins will not receive a refund. If Sherrie cancels a class, you will receive a full refund.

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