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Visual Poetry – Laimah Osman
July 23 - July 27| $800
July 23 – 27
Tuition: $750 members / $800 non-members
Lab fee: $75
Class limit: 6
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Learn how to work visually with words. Break the word into shapes and bring them back to be read; create visual poetry through color, texture, and repetition. As visual artists, we understand images—a fish is a symbol for swimming and the ocean—but words are symbols too, they tell stories and are containers for emotion. Bring a word, a poem, lyrics or an excerpt from your favorite book; bring a sentimental hand-written letter or a cut out coupon.
Laimah will assist in planning the posters and discussing scale, surface choice, composition, color, and other aspects necessary to the projects. Participants will print or hand-draw their words to scale, cut and expose paper stencils, make screens, and print. We’ll make series of experimental prints varying in color (tint, texture, and opacity), surface placement, layering, positive and negative space, and repetition. Laimah will also cover different methods for altering type when exposing screens, mixing color, and printing.
Imperfection is encouraged in this process! The goal is not to reprint the words exactly—which can be done easily with digital design software and a printer—it is to show the unique hand and heart of the artist. Throughout the week, we will look at the experimental prints together and discuss how the shifts create meaning.
Laimah Osman is a Brooklyn-based artist and educator whose artistic production takes the form of prints, drawings, and artists’ books. Her work has been displayed in numerous exhibitions and is archived in various libraries. She has been awarded residencies at The Lower East Side Printshop, Kala Art Institute, and Women’s Studio Workshop, as well as grants from Brooklyn Arts Council and Jerome Foundation. Currently, she is teaching at Parsons School of Design and making prints with local poets. She earned a BFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University (1998) and an MFA from Pratt Institute (2010).