Monday, May 21, 2018

this sunday — a poetry-collaging workshop at culture den in st. peter's village.

if you're looking for a bit of fun near some rocks and creek water next to a bakery this weekend, a poetry-collaging workshop at culture den in st. peter's village might be well worth putting together a sunday adventure.

this workshop is lined up for all last sundays of upcoming months from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. from may through august. 

may 27 - june 24 - july 29 - august 26

to not discourage anyone from participating in consideration of how life is expensive and hard to keep afloat in financially sometimes, we're not directly charging for this workshop. but for those who can afford to support my teaching efforts as a visiting instructor and also the costs to run culture den, in the vein of the art of asking by amanda palmer of the dresden dolls, we'd greatly appreciate money-geared backing. we hope it might be a balance to help across those who can and can't afford to pay for our value. and this workshop has been enthusiastically enjoyed several times across this and other venues in recent months.

we'll be supplying all needed materials, but those who join us are welcome to bring any of their own as well to make their collages even more individualized and custom. and particular awesome.

Monday, May 14, 2018

animal poems workshops at 3 elementary schools in the exeter township school district.

in early may, i visited lorane, jacksonwald, and owatin creek elementary schools in the exeter township school district to teach my animal poems workshops to all fourth grade classes.

since i worked with all fourth grade classes per school at once, we used a microphone to make sure everyone could hear not only me but also students as they shared their memories of animal-related stories to craft into new poems.

the value of verbs in moving language forward, testing out variations of line breaks and how many lines go into stanzas, and artistic and intentional use of extra spacing between words were some of the main points we talked about in the realm of poetry. and the students did a great job at pulling together freshly vibrant poems all from within their own experiences.

some of the animals brought to the surface of telling across pages with students reading their poems at the end of workshop were birds, squirrels, deer, cows, wild turkeys, chickens, hamsters, and dogs.

workshop moments and students' writings were captured as pictures below thanks to assistance from several teachers in my own minutes away from working the camera.

— photo credit: derek denunzio

— photo credit: justin blatt

— photo credit: matthew hathaway