Posted February 5, 2021.

Making Art from Art: Mastering Ekphrastic Poetry

March 20, 2021 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm America/Los Angeles Timezone
John Sibley Williams

Title: Making Art from Art: Mastering Ekphrastic Poetry

Time: Saturday, March 20, 2020 @ 1-4pm PST

Platform: Zoom

Tuition: $45

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About the Workshop:

Using a rhetorical device known as ekphrasis, the poet engages with a painting, drawing, sculpture, music, or other form of art in hopes of expanding on its meaning. Ekphrastic poets analyze the original artwork, explore symbolic meanings, invent stories, and even create dialog and dramatic scenes. The artwork will often lead the poet to new insights and surprising discoveries about the very nature of artistic creation and conversation.

In this intensive generative workshop, we will explore the many facets of ekphrasis through poetry/art/song analysis, active discussion, and a progressively challenging set of writing activities that create and foster conversation among multiple art forms.
We will study diverse ekphrastic poems from Anne Sexton, Edward Hirsch, Valerie Martinez, Blas Falconer, Carmen Gimenez Smith, Laurie Ann Guerrero, Gina Williams, and Ocean Vuong to see how they successfully explore fresh, unexpected methods of artistic translation and conversation.

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