Painting Poetry: Exploring the Shared Creative Process of the Literary and Visual Arts

Painting and poetry, two apparently disparate genres of the creative arts, may seem unrelated at first glance but in Painting Poetry they are deliberately considered together in a dynamic exploration of the twin tributaries of communication: the word, and the image. In teams and individually, the student can expect to engage concepts that are fundamental to the creative process, such as meaning and symbolization, the harmony of order and chaos, and the comic/tragic dichotomy.  A two-step process of seminar discussion and studio-style projects will culminate in a two-fold assessment that will feature artist’s statements and student led critiques. Since the onus of the course will be placed squarely upon the creative process, no prior training in painting, drawing, or creative writing is required. This course fulfills the FYP general education requirement.

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