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Write Into Art: Creative Writing Inspired by Visual Art

Poetry: View from Above

Morning Course

Tuesday, February 7, 2023 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ET
Code: 1K0328
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Pansies in Washington, 1969 (Corcoran Collection gift of Vincent Melzac)

Discover how visual art can inspire creative writing and how writing can offer a powerful way to experience art. Join Mary Hall Surface, the founding instructor of the National Gallery of Art’s popular Writing Salon, for five online workshops that explore essential elements of writing and styles through close looking, word-sketching, and imaginative response to prompts.

The sessions spotlight a diverse range of visual art chosen to inspire writers of all experience levels to deepen their process and practice. Each workshop has a limited enrollment to maximize interaction among the instructor and students.

Surface is a teaching artist, playwright, and theatre director and producer. She presents workshops nationwide in creative writing, reflective writing and drama as a Kennedy Center teaching artist and museum educator. She was a faculty member at Harvard’s Project Zero Classroom.

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Poetry: View from Above

Experiment with diverse poetic forms and reflections in response to 20th-century African American artist Alma Thomas’ colorful compositions, including Pansies in Washington.

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