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Visual Poetry – Laimah Osman
August 21 - August 25| $750
Tuition: $750 ($700 members)
Lab fee: $50
Class limit: 6
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Learn how to work visually with words. Break the word into shapes and bring it 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. 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.
Students will screen print personalized posters using their words. We will look at the word(s) together. Laimah will help students plan their posters and will discuss scale; paper, fabric or surface choice; composition; color; and other aspects necessary to the projects. Students will print or hand-draw their word(s) to scale, then cut paper stencils. Imperfection is encouraged in this process! The goal is not to reprint the word 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.
Students will expose their paper stencils, make screens, and print. You will make a series of experimental prints varying in color (tint, texture and opacity), placement on the paper/surface, and layering, as well as work with positive and negative shapes and repetition. Often times, the best prints are made by chance! Laimah will also cover different methods for altering type when exposing screens, mixing color, and printing. Throughout the week, we will look at the experimental prints together and discuss how the shifts create meaning.
Students will take notes and plan an intentional poster or print (editioning optional).
Laimah is an intuitive printer in this digitally driven world – what a relief to see and experience the artists hand.
Register now by making a non-refundable $300 deposit.
Laimah says words are containers for emotion. “I experiment with them visually—letters become shapes and lose their meaning. As an immigrant in this country I know how it feels to be excluded and isolated from public dialogue and spaces. I want my art to speak to many people: English readers, Farsi readers, and those who cannot read. Experiencing the work is enough. I make this work thinking about my parents and my own early experiences of arriving to a new country. I want to offer tactile experiences for those who are left out of a dominant language and culture.”
“My themes of love and longing are based in Persian poetry, mantras of compassion are based in Buddhist philosophy and my screen printing approach is a shout out to Sister Mary Corita Kent.”