The Studio Sampler Class Three: Artists Books and Poetry with Arielle Greenberg

Saturday, March 16, 9 a.m.– noon

In this workshop, we'll generate ideas for making one-of-a-kind artists books with poetry text. We will look at samples of poetry-based artists’ books by others, ranging from very simple to more elaborate forms and structures, and talk about the possibilities for bringing together words and images in innovative ways. 
 
Students are asked to bring a small selection of poems to work from--their own finished or nearly finished poems, favorite and meaningful published poems by others, or a mix of the two. We will read the poems and talk about them: students will have the option to have their own original poems critiqued by the instructor and group, and to receive input on which poem to select for their first book. Mostly, however, we will be thinking about ways of making the poems into artists’ books. Students should bring in inspiration and materials from which to start thinking about their books: found images or small objects, their own photographs or drawings, unusual papers, and other ephemera. 
 
While there will be demonstrations of some basic techniques, students will leave the workshop with ideas and notes for their artists’ books, but not the books themselves: those can be crafted on the students' own time. The time we spend together will be for inspiration, discussion, and exposure to an unusual, delightful and relatively easy-to-make, word-based art form.
 
Instructor Arielle Greenberg is the author of two nationally published poetry collections and co-editor of three poetry anthologies and a MacDowell Colony fellow; her poems have been featured twice in the Best American Poetry series, among other anthologies and journals. She has a regular column on trends and topics in contemporary poetry in the American Poetry Review. A former Associate Professor in the graduate and undergraduate poetry programs at Columbia College Chicago, she now lives in Belfast, Maine and offers one-on-one writing tutorials and teaches writing workshops out of her home and in the University of Tampa's low-residency MFA program. 
Please note this class is part of the nine-week Studio Sampler class. You may sign up for the Sampler class as a whole by returning to this page, but not for this individual class. Thank you!