Poetry in Watercolor

with grace (ge) gilbert
Wednesday, August 7; 6–8pm CT

Watercolor and poetry go hand in hand. Both are messy, whimsical, and a little outside the lines. In this virtual workshop, writers and artists alike will learn introductory watercolor techniques, poetry prompts, and the how (and why!) of creating mixed-media poetry. Using examples from writers and artists who work with watercolor, create your own watercolor poems and come away with a deeper understanding of the relationship among language, color, and mediums. This workshop will include readings, an introduction to mixed-media poetics, demos for how to illustrate a poem, and guided time for writing and painting.

This guided workshop will include introductory prompts and demos for both poetry and basic watercolor. Artists and writers who want to explore multi-genre work are also welcome.

All skill levels welcome
Certificate: 2 hours, Category B or D

$45/participant (10% discount for MCBA members)
$23 for BIPOC/Financial scholarship participants (10% discount for MCBA members)
MCBA offers two scholarship types for workshops—Financial Hardship Scholarships and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) Scholarships—to honor equity and increase access and artistic opportunities for those who have historically been underrepresented in the book arts. For individuals to whom these scholarships do not apply, register at the Adult rate and, if you are able, consider making a donation when registering to support MCBA’s efforts to make scholarships available.

What you’ll need to participate
Tech requirements: For highly participatory virtual workshop we recommend joining on a laptop or desktop computer with a camera and microphone, if possible. You will receive step-by-step instructions for downloading Zoom (it’s free!) and accessing the workshop online approximately 2 days before the workshop’s start date.
Materials: Participants should have a basic set of watercolors, basic set of watercolor brushes, watercolor paper, pencils, and pens.

Please note: Registration closes 8/2 at midnight (CT).