Art and Poetry: Exploring the Relationship between Images & Words

Art and Poetry Virtual Workshop: Exploring the Relationship between Images & Words
Thursday, July 15th, 2021 at 6:30PM EST

WWBA is delighted to host a Zoom workshop exploring practices that combine imagery and text in compelling ways to deepen the expressive power of both. Find out how words and art change each other to make a new meaningful hybrid mode/form. Participants and auditors will experiment with techniques and approaches to creating artwork that incorporates text. We’ll also look at examples of artists who blend images and word well. Q&A sessions will follow the exercises. Experienced and beginner artists/writers equally welcome.
This workshop led by Artistic Director of The Acting Center in New York City Karen De Mauro & Visual Artist and WWBA Events & Media Director Caitlyn Shea.
Attendees will provide their own supplies:
  • Computer paper
  • pencil
  • pen
  • familiar color supplies of your choice (ie: colored pencils or watercolors with mixed media paper.)
Attendees will bring their own art image or photo to combine with the William Blake quote:
To see a World in a Grain of Sand. And a Heaven in a Wild Flower. Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand. And Eternity in an hour.

Join us in exploring the relationship between word and image!

Register as either a Participant or as an Auditor. Participants will have the ability to ask questions during exercises and share their progress during the workshop.

About our workshop leaders:
Karen De Mauro is Artistic Director of The Acting Center in New York City, a company that facilitates “the actor in everyone” from corporate executives to Broadway professionals to school children. She leads The Center for Nature Writing at Seatuck and has written and performed throughout United States, Canada, the UK and Japan. She runs Naturestages, is an active member of NYC Urban Sketchers, teaches multi-art workshops for Asian venues like the Japanese Stroll Garden and the NOHO International Arts Company. She directed and performed at The United Nations, The Smithsonian Institution, and, most recently on The High Line and The Alvin Ailey Theatre for “Discover NY”. Karen has been an Artist in Residence and Teaching Artist for over 40 years.

WWBA Events and Media Director Caitlyn Shea is passionate about making art, poetry, and history accessible to everyone. When she is not planning poetic and scholarly events with the Birthplace, she is creating public artworks to revitalize and celebrate communities through creative placemaking. She fundraised for and created a hummingbird mural on the side of a vacant Main Street building in Riverhead, NY. In 2016 she received a stipend from 40 West Arts and participated in Denver MuralFest. She created her “Masked Medusa” mural at Spotlight NY in Huntington during the 2020 pandemic. In 2021 her design was chosen for Walt Whitman Initiative’s annual “Song of Myself” Marathon poster and Zoom background. She exhibits paintings in Long Island, NYC, and nationally. Currently, Shea is creating a “coming of age” theme mural commissioned by Patchogue Arts Council on the back of Patchogue-Medford Library, which will raise awareness about cicadas being endangered on Long Island.