Instructor: Renc, Linda
This elegant writing script can be stretched, condensed, freely-written, appearing playful or serious. The basic Italic has a changing rhythm and various contrasting weights from delicate to bold writing. It can be used in harmony with illustration. We also explore good page layout for broadsides, book pages and creative applications. The class will finish a small book project. All levels of experience.
Instructor: Gremaud, Thomas
In the Creative Writing course, class members will have the option of choosing one or more focus areas: short fiction, poetry, essays, or drama. Class meetings will be divided among skills instruction and practice, reading and discussion of published works we use as models, and reader response to student writing in a workshop Before each class meeting, members will upload a sample of their writing to a shared drive so all will have an opportunity to prepare comments for the workshop section of class. Specific skills addressed in class meetings will depend on members’ interests but may include plot structure and development, characterization, paragraph and essay structure, voice, style, approaches to dialogue, figures of speech, and effective diction. By the end of the course, class members will have a clearer understanding of effective approaches to the kinds of writing that interest them. As a culminating activity, the class will have a reading of their works.
Instructor: Gremaud, Thomas
The Poets’ Essential Toolkit will take class members through an investigation of the nature of creativity, definitions of poetry, meaning in a poem, strong diction, figures of speech, the abstract and the concrete, rhythm and meter, the poetic line, and the poem as a spoken and a written art form. Class meetings will typically include introduction of a poetic concept with published poems as models, exercises to practice that concept, and discussion of class members’ performance on those exercises. Each week class members will have a writing assignment which they will upload to a shared drive a couple days before class. By the day of class, students will have read all the writing assignments for that week in preparation for a class discussion. By the end of the course, class members will have a broader set of writing tools and a set of successful poems that employ those tools. As a culminating activity students will share their poems before an audience of their classmates and invited guests.
Instructor: Thornton, Peter
Using the wonderful letters of Adolf Bernd (1909-1994) for inspiration and as a starting point, we shall examine 3 areas: 1) the subtleties of colour harmonies and their integration 2) the backgrounds 3) the creativity within the letterforms. In this workshop, for ALL levels of ability, we begin with simple exercises in colour unity and contrasts in shapes, patterns and themes of Adolf Bernd's (and ours), choices which can lead to the decoration of both historic and/or contemporary letters. Throughout the workshop will be demonstrations & examples related to watercolour techniques and AB's work. The class will take/use colours from nature and transfer these onto our backgrounds and letters.