Find a rich source of poetic inspiration in the natural world.

Dates:
Dec 5, 2020 - Jun 6, 2021

Levels: All
Workshop Fee: $1750 (Three Season Series)
Class Size: 12 (max)

NOTE: This class will be held in an online format using the Zoom Platform.
This Series is Made Up of 3 Sessions: Winter, Spring & Summer. courses may be Taken Individually or bundled together for a discount. See details below

This series of classes combines bookmaking, writing, and sketching to help you support and develop a practice of daily observation meant to support you as an artist, whatever your field. Through a series of cross-disciplinary exercises provided by the instructor, each participant will devise a self-directed habit of direct engagement with the natural world around them. Exercises will help you sharpen your observational skills, build on your current habits of recording/note-taking, develop your associative sense, and flex the parts of your creative brain you may not always put to full use. Participants will be offered individual consultations to engage with their particular surroundings and develop their projects as well as supportive, encouraging group feedback. Using observations and material collected through these exercises, participants will make works that express or embody their experience of place and season. Seasonal suggested reading lists will be provided.

Each of the classes builds on the last, but participants are welcome to take any combination. These classes are meant to give participants a chance to encounter their surroundings deeply and with care, and to develop an ongoing practice of attention that will feed their creative work in any discipline. You do not need to be an experienced writer or artist to take these courses.

Courses are also available on an individual basis:

The Courses:

Seasonal Observations: Winter walking journal $645.00
December 5-January 16 (Break Dec 19-Jan 8) Saturday Group meetings/ Weekly individual meetings by appointment
10-12:00 Group meeting: Participants share current work and goals for class, Review weekly exercises
12-2:00 Break for lunch and individual writing exercises
2-5:00 Book arts exercises
with Éireann Lorsung

Seasonal Observations:  A springtime gathering  $645.00
March 20 – April 10 Saturday Group meetings/ Weekly individual meetings by appointment
10-12:00 Group meeting: Participants share current work and goals for class, Review weekly exercises
12-2:00 Break for lunch and individual writing exercises
2-5:00 Book arts exercises
with Éireann Lorsung

Seasonal Observations: A summer Wunderkammer  $645.00
June 5-26 Saturday Group meetings/ Weekly individual meetings by appointment
10-12:00 Group meeting: Participants share current work and goals for class, Review weekly exercises
12-2:00 Break for lunch and individual writing exercises
2-5:00 Book arts exercises
with Éireann Lorsung

Discount for taking all 3 courses = $1750.00

Limit 12 participants +/_

All images: ©Éireann Lorsung

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Instructor: Éireann Lorsung

Éireann Lorsung is the author of Music for Landing Planes By and Her book (both from Milkweed), along with the chapbook Sweetbriar (dancing girl press). She lived for many years in rural Belgium, where she ran a writers’ and artists’ residency center. A 2016 NEA fellow, she is currently at work on several cross-genre projects. Éireann walks in multiple creative fields. She is a poet and writer, artist and illustrator, and book artist. She is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Maine Farmington and holds degrees from the University of Minnesota and a PhD from the University of Nottingham.