Workshops should be spaces that respect flux, engage and disrupt structure, and promote connection to one another and the world. As a teacher view myself as a facillitator and caretaker, not gatekeeper.
As a classroom community, our capacity to generate excitement is deeply affected by our interest in one another, in hearing one another’s voices, in recognizing one another’s presence.
--bell hooks in Teaching to Transgress
I always want participants to
*expand their curiosity and minimize judgement (for self and others!)
*feel connected to others
*have fun and be excited
*take managable risks
*admire one another and their work
I use performance, meditation, research, and games all figure into making this happen for participants.
Workshops Taught sans institution:
Tranformative Ekphrasis and Research
A series of exercises aiming to explore:
+Ekphrasis as a mode of detailed description of an artwork within poetry, but also a way to do research.
+How description, context, and criticism are linked
+How looking in-depth at the structure of an artwork, a plant, a landscape, etc. might be fruitful sources of inspriation for writing.
Multisensory Drawing and Writing
A generative movement, drawing, and writing workshop that pivots around the following questions:
+How can we learn from our bodies and environments?
+What happens to our language and creative expressions when we listen to ourselves and our surroundings?
+How might abstraction be the most concrete way to explore or represent a feeling?
High Tea: Doing Work in Time as Time Works You
Writing, drawing, and movement prompts designed to help us bump up against and acknowledge limitations. A discussion, forum, and meditation for artists, freelancers, workers to ask:
+What is work, what is leisure, and how the two are intertwined
+How do you negotiate your values, your work, and your time?
+How do you relate to and prioritize breaks, leisure, self-care, etc.?
Workshops I want to teach that are in development:
24 Hour Teach-a-thon
Language, Archive, and Fermentation
Walker Art Center Workshop:
A day-long, kids’ and family workshop for Free First Saturday, April 2018
In conjunction with Allen Ruppersberg: Intellectual Property 1968-2018
University of Minnesota courses taught:
Intro to Creative Writing
Intro to Poetry
First Year Writing/Composition
You didn’t ask, but my favorite teachers and teaching inspirations are:
Myung Mi Kim
I have been very fortunate to have taken workshops or classes with most of these folks. View and read their work!