Arts Labs for Teens / Writing: Out of the Ordinary
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
with Taylor McGill
In this workshop, we will become well-practiced in the habit active noticing. The normal and seemingly mundane things in our environment will become the subjects for extraordinary prose. We will step away from our desks, our writerly solitude, and with a journal in hand we will collect the details of the day by wandering, watching, gathering, communicating, moving, playing, and eavesdropping. In our journals we might scribble, glue torn newspaper, tape gum wrappers, or press flowers. We will perform wild experiments; arranging and collaging and collaborating to generate imaginative writing that engages, extends, and defies the "rules" of various genres including poems, short stories, plays, letters, comics, questions, and more!
Taylor McGill earned a BA in English and creative writing from Rutgers University. She currently lives in Western Massachusetts where she is a candidate in the UMass Amherst MFA Program for Poets & Writers. She teaches creative and expository writing to UMass undergraduates and teaches at the Holyoke Care Center for the RADIUS program, a community education project in audio storytelling.
NO CLASS SATURDAY, MARCH 9
Gather in the Newmark Gallery on Thursday evenings April 18 - June 6 to sketch, draw, and render from a live male or female nude model. Open to artists of all skill levels ages 16+, each two-hour sessions is self-guided and intended to provide time and space for members of our local community to share in the exploration of this traditional art practice.