In the Creative Writing workshop, students will explore the various ways to create a successful short memoir, story, or ten-minute play by understanding how to use point of view, concrete details, figurative language, plot, character, motivations, conflict, and dialogue. In-class visualization exercises and free-writes during the first few workshop classes will help students envision and then describe a person, a place, and a bit of dialogue. These will provide the raw material for discussions on what makes a subject, character, image, or conversation intriguing. Every week thereafter the workshop will discuss two or three original student works per class in a supportive, challenging environment where every member of the workshop’s personal exposures and risks are treated with respect and appreciation.
taught by Patrick Keppel
This course will provide the opportunity to study, experiment with and create three-dimensional forms both large and small. We will also examine modern and contemporary sculpture and installations, as well as some basic architectural elements. Writing assignments and gallery visits also required.
taught by Gretchen Breese
In this course we will examine what enables us to be artists, creating an environment that encourages us to take pleasure in intellectual risk-taking. The Museum of Fine Arts provides an unexpected, informal setting—a playful arena for considering particular elements of composition and improvisation or for grappling with pressing issues in the world today. Directed and sustained observation and discussion of the museum’s collection and rotating exhibitions will help studio participants develop visual and critical thinking skills ranging from the concrete to the abstract, as we examine the construction of a piece of art as well as associations generated by a particular image or subject. By participating in a discussion process that is open-ended, inquiry-based and viewer-centered, we will focus on the awareness that artists are always considering distinctions and making choices.
taught by Robin Dash