09/29 Word Collage with Nicelle Davis

Date: Saturday, Sept. 29th, 2012 Time: 10am-2pm Number of sessions: 1--One Day Class! Members: $60 Nonmembers: $72 Location: The Ink Spot, 710 13th St, Ste 210, San Diego, CA 92101

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Exciting New Class and Instructor!

“Often the images will materialize in my mind. Other times they require a grueling effort to bring to form. Once the path is clear I’ll do whatever is necessary to realize it within the limits of my own power”

—Dennis Mecham

When text is paired with image, a communication more poignant than any single medium is achieved. By mixing mediums an artist can attain greater heights of understanding and expression. This workshop will explore the fundamentals of making a successful union between text and images.












In Clearing the Path: Poetry as Collage, together we will:

  • Generate New Work:

This is a hands on workshop. We will generate new works of visual and textual art. We will examine how the techniques used in collages can be applied to the craft of poetry.

  • Help Overcome Writers Block:

Poetry, like collage, requires multiple layers to suggestion countless realities. By learning and executing the techniques used in collage, a treasury of poetry can be unearthed from a poet’s subconscious. By actively seeking to balance the right and left hemispheres of the brain during the creation process, writer block can be obviated.

  • Hone the Poet’s Craft:

Through constructive critic of the work made in class, every participant will leave the class with creative ways to generate new poems.

In the dark tunnels of our subconscious, where monsters and miracles lurk behind every corner, lives art. Just as every dark alley is more approachable and every party more exciting exhilarating with friends, art is made better by collaboration.

I will provide a majority of the materials needed, but I strongly suggest that every participant bring some collage materials to share with the class–these can include old photos, wrapping paper, old letters or postcards, newspaper print, etc. It is always an enriching challenge to work with another’s perspective; by sharing materials we can expand our possibilities and adopt new perspectives.

Another option is to buy ready-made packs of collage paper/ephemera, such as these sold at Collage Cashe (Sagebrush Press, $6); these small packages of found materials are a great way to begin or extend your journey with collage art and can be found at most Craft stores such as Michael’s or Joanne’s.



Originally from Utah, Nicelle Davis now resides in Lancaster, California, with her son J.J. Her book, Becoming Judas, is scheduled to be released from Red Hen Press in 2013 and In the Circus of You from Rose Metal Press in 2014. You can read her e-chapbooks at Gold Wake Press and Whale Sound. Her first collection of poems, Circe, is available from Lowbrow Press. She runs a free online poetry workshop at The Bees’ Knees Blog and is an assistant poetry editor for Connotation Press.

Her poetry-films are traveling the world and can be viewed at: http://www.openfilm.com/videos/circe/

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