Christmas Holiday // Drawing: Poetry and Imagination
Imagine what you are writing about. See it and live it. Do not think it up laboriously, as if you were working out mental arithmetic. Just look at it, touch it, smell it, listen to it, turn yourself into it. When you do this, the words look after themselves, like magic. ― Ted Hughes, Poetry in the Making: An Anthology
This course will explore the intersection between poetry, drawing and the imagination. It aims to provide a jumping off point from acute observation into the more enigmatic and ‘irrational’ imaginative realms. Both drawing and poetry employ various structures and strategies to contain and open up their subjects; we will work with formal and intuitive approaches to poetic and compositional form. Combining word and image propels us into associative areas of sound, cadence, rhythm, metaphor, narrative voice and dramatic performance. Many of the shared aspects of these crafts are both abstract and drawn from first hand personal experience. The best poetry unlocks our imagination with an indefinable quality, hard to pin down, but deeply felt. Working from the model in the studio the intention is, through a series of projects, to leave with a renewed confidence to engage the everyday through your own symbolic and mythic vision. There will be a visit to the William Blake exhibition at Tate Britain one morning. All levels welcome including beginners.