As a writer or visual artist, develop, support, renew or awaken your creative life through Observational Practice with Éireann Lorsung.

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Assortment of colors and patterns being tested using paint with descriptions on the feeling of each test

Observational practice is a way to support, renew, develop, or awaken your creative life. This course for writers and visual artists is centered on reflection and attention to the natural world as a source for ideas and techniques that can be brought into your existing creative practice.

We will do gentle exercises in looking, walking, reading, listening, writing, and making, designed to help you expand and deepen your visual and textual abilities. Past participants have left with renewed calm, attention, and care for their work and the world around us.

A color wheel being made out of paper with varying colors


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Instructor: Éireann Lorsung

Éireann Lorsung is the author of the collections Her book, Music for Landing Planes By— named a New and Noteworthy collection by Poets & Writers—and The Century, all published by Milkweed Editions. She received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 2016. After completing an MFA at the University of Minnesota, Lorsung studied printmaking and drawing at Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice and taught high school in rural France. While living in Belgium, she ran a micropress called MIEL Books and a residency space called Dickinson House for writers and artists. She holds a PhD from the University of Nottingham (UK). From 2017-2020 she was Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing - Nonfiction at the University of Maine, Farmington; she now teaches in the Baccalaureate Program at Bard College.