Environmental Art

Rediscover and re-enchant your world. This workshop begins with a series of exercises that heighten awareness and appreciation of the environment. Building on this awareness, participants are encouraged to develop a playful interaction with their surroundings and create art installations using only materials found in the environment. Past art installations have taken many forms, including interactive installations, sound sculptures, art performances, and (where there’s water) floating sculptures. This outdoor workshop can be held in a park, on school grounds, or in any other such public space.

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The People’s Library

The People’s Library is a highly collaborative, sustainable and interactive public art project. Using books that would otherwise be thrown away, community members are coming together to design and build a library that can include all of our histories. During the workshop participants will make paper from the recycled books, silk screen title pages and bind the new paper to create blank books. Participants will then have the chance to author their own book which, when finished, will become part of the Main Branch of the Richmond Public Library’s permanent collection. Once finished, the books can be checked out by anyone in the community creating a real and symbolic meeting place for our diverse state. The workshop will begin with a twenty minute presentation about the project, its inspirations, and the permanent installation of the work.

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Ekphrastic Poetry in the Gallery and/or Museum Setting

Participants will write poetry, inspired by paintings, photography, and sculpture located in the gallery and/or museum where the workshop takes place. Poet and painter Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda will use reproductions from Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’ collection to introduce ekphrastic poetry — a traditional approach to writing about art — and then select artwork from the statewide partner’s collection to inspire poems.

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Discover Your Inner Poet: Art-Inspired Writing

This workshop is an art and word lover’s feast. Reproductions and images from VMFA’s vast collection inspire poems, journal entries, and prose vignettes. A variety of poetic forms, including the highly imaginative dramatic monologue and ekphrastic formats, enables participants to uncover the inner writer that resides in us all. This interactive session is tailor-made for anyone with a willingness to explore the unique qualities of written language that help define each writer’s voice.

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What a Relief: How Prints are Made

Join artist and the Thomas C. Gordon Jr. Director of the VMFA Studio School Mary Holland as she shares examples of original relief prints from her extensive print collection. She will also show the step-by-step process of image design, transfer, carving the plate, inking the plate, and printing. The history of relief prints, the oldest method of the printmaking processes, will be covered. This is a great lecture/demonstration for students, artists, and people who want to learn more about how art is created.

Enrollment limit: 20

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