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  • 2018 Summer Arts - Elaine Sexton - The Art in the Line

    The Art in the Line
    June 24 — 29, 2018
    Medium:   Poetry to Book Art
    Level:  Open to All 
    Tuition: $600
    Lab Fee: $35

    On Campus Lodging/meals: $650

    The focus of this workshop is how to make art with words, finding the art in the line.  Participants will learn to make a range of containers  from drafting simple poems to manipulating text on the page using lists, erasures, and other forms of ellipsis. You will be guided through drafting & revising short works in prose & poetry, then fitting your words into structures. These can be as simple or as elaborate as the materials we choose to use, but mainly we will be folding, taping, tearing, and altering paper.  Poems are structures that are in many ways like sculpture or collage, with that in mind we will make simple fascicles, a la Emily Dickinson’s sleeves, works in 3-D, and books made from a single sheet of paper.  There has always been cross-pollination between the visual and literary arts. We will consider how voice, tone, and imagery transform a subject looking at work from poets and artists as varied as Robin Coste Lewis and Mary Ruefle, Tom Phillips and Jenny Holzer, Lawrence Weiner and Louise Bourgeois as models. You will complete the workshop with several templates and new points of entry to write and use text as image. In-class exercises will stretch from conventional to still evolving ideas of how we can experience text on the page.  This workshop is for artists and/or poets, beginners to advanced.  Participants will complete our week with at least as many new strategies to apply to their next poem as days spent together.

    Elaine Sexton is the author of three books: Sleuth, Causeway, and Prospect/Refuge.  Her poems, art reviews, book reviews, and works in visual art have appeared in journals and anthologies, textbooks and websites including American Poetry Review, Art in America, Poetry, O! the Oprah Magazine, and Poetry Daily. An avid book maker and micro-publisher, she has curated many site-specific events with accompanying limited-edition chapbooks, among them Hair and 2 HoratioShe teaches text and image and poetry at Sarah Lawrence College, New York University and in private workshops. Formerly a senior editor at ARTnews, she serves as the visual arts editor for Tupelo Quarterly, and is a member of the National Book Critics Circle.


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    Workshop package #1  
    all inclusive with on campus single room/bath housing in shared townhouse,
    daily healthy catered lunch buffets, and two group dinners - (more on lodging/meals)
    Workshop $600
    Lab Fee $35
    Lodging/ Lunches,
    2 Group Dinners
    Workshop package #2 
    commuter price, with daily lunches and two group dinners

    Workshop $600
    Lab Fee $35
    Daily Lunches + 2 Group Dinners $150

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