Expand your visual narrative with time-based art!

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The Sea scroll drawing by Lucky Platt, used in as the background in a music video.
Scroll drawing by Lucky Platt, used for the scrolling ‘crankie’ background in the music video made for Tiffany Williams song The Sea. Watch this drawing in action in the video below!

Before there were motion pictures, there were moving visual stories. Cantastorie. Emaki. Wayang kulit. Puppetry. Crankie. All are forms of time-based narratives that pre-date moving pictures.

Watch instructor Lucky Platt’s video that utilizes a scroll drawing to visually tell the story of Tiffany Williams’ song, The Sea.

In this immersive, weeklong workshop, you can reveal and expand your visual narrative with time-based art! The possibilities for your short story, poetry, personal essay, one-act play are endless. Lucky Platt will introduce scroll drawing as well as the time-based art form of the crankie—the original ‘moving picture’—through examples and visual exercises. The week will culminate in a presentation of student work which may include other performance embellishments such as sounds, music, or puppets. All visual storytellers and all levels of experience are welcome; come with a story in mind or in some written form, or with an idea in search of a visual narrative form and bring it to life!

Where are you at, cat - Crankie by Lucky Platt
Where are you at, cat – Crankie by Lucky Platt. Watch a video of this crankie below.

The Workshop fee includes instruction, use of the Maine Media Book Arts studio materials including drawing, painting, printing and collage materials, paper for scroll drawing, and a wooden crankie frame for final project presentation and/or performance or feel free to bring your own materials.

Watch instructor Lucky Platt show a quick children’s story using a visually beautiful and engaging crankie

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Instructor: Lucky Platt

Author-illustrator Lucky Platt creates books for children in her lakeside rural Maine studio. She works in a range of traditional art mediums, and her stories explore themes of resilience, healing, positive self expression and inclusion. She has presented art and writing workshops for children and adults through the Maine Crafts Association, Schoodic Arts for All, the Maine Arts Commission and Rockland Public Library, and has shown her artwork in galleries and non-traditional/unexpected art spaces in Maine and New York. In early 2020, she left her work as an arts administrator to devote all of her time to writing and illustrating. She has created two self-published picture books on commission; Imagine a Wolf (Page Street Kids, January 2021) is her debut picture book for the trade market. Lucky is a two-time recipient of an Individual Artist Project Grant from the Maine Arts Commission (2016, 2020), a two-time recipient of an Anderson Ranch Art Center scholarship (2019, 2020), and a recipient of an Ox-Bow Artists’Residency scholarship for printmaking (2004). She studied painting, drawing and printmaking at Vassar College, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Complutense City University of Madrid, and has enriched her craft with workshops at the Maine Women Writers’Collection, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Farnsworth Art Museum and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts among others.