One of the courses I dearly love teaching is Visual Poetry. It is a course for Calligraphers that combines calligraphy with acrylic painting on canvas. Students in this class are also encouraged to write their own words, or use their response to other people’s words, but to make the piece personal. The approach for this class is to encourage calligraphers to use their talents with letterforms and marks as a visual and abstract expression and not be completely literal with the words involved in the art. Attempting to minimize, or stop all together the concept of painting in the background, letters in the foreground. I also encourage students to use their own handwriting as textural elements within their works. There is a lot of layering involved in the process and learning how to build the layers and write on the canvas is a big part of the class. I am offering this class in July in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada. It is part of the Red Deer Summer Series  http://www.rdc.ab.ca/continuing_education/summer_at_RDC/Pages/summer_school_arts.aspx. 

This is a five day class. You can board on campus in the dorms, which are like little apartments. And it is a beautiful area, especially at this time of year.  Why don’t you bring a friend and come practice some Visual Poetry this summer. Or if your friends are not available, come by yourself and immerse yourself in art while making new friends!

The processes learned in class are first practiced in a journal. This gives student’s a start at Art Journalling as well as a permanent record of the various processes learned in the workshop.

This was done by Kris Nevius in the Berkeley, CA class.

This was done by Kris Nevius in the Berkeley, CA class.

Another piece on canvas by a Berkeley student.

Another piece on canvas by a Berkeley student.

A jurnal cover designed by another Berkeley student.

A journal cover designed by another Berkeley student.

A piece on canvas done by Dean Rubino.

A piece on canvas done by Dean Rubino.

A diptych done by a student in Berkley.

A diptych done by a student in Berkley.

A page in a student's journal.

A page in a Vicki Lee’s journal.

Done last summer by a student  in Berkeley, CA

A student’s journal page/ Done last summer by a student in Berkeley, CA