Artful Writing

Artful Writing with Sarah Rice

Artful Writing

With Sarah Rice

11am-2pm Thursdays

5-26 August 2021

$220 per person

Includes all materials.

Painting is silent poetry, and poetry painting that speaks – Simonides

Learn to write creatively using the visual arts as inspiration. Learn how to ‘craft’ your writing, ‘mold’ meanings, give ‘form’ and ‘shape’ to thoughts and ideas. These workshops open a dialogue between art and language, the verbal and visual, word and image. They are a practical demonstration of how we can draw on other art forms to activate poetry-making. Participants will explore creative writing in response to visual art and learn through direct material engagement about the full potential of ekphrasis: how ideas are transposed from one medium to another.


Workshop Content

Each week we will look at examples of visual art, specifically drawn from exhibitions at Belconnen Arts Centre, to which we will respond with a variety of creative writing exercises. We will employ writing techniques that engage with line, tone, colour, structure, form, framing, and context – all of which are at the heart of both words and pictures. We will literally be taking a line for a walk, as artist Paul Klee recommends, drawing on concepts such as metaphor and anthropomorphism to animate our creative writing. We will also learn how to edit our work, and prepare it for presentation.


Sarah Rice

About Sarah Rice

Dr Sarah Rice is a poet, academic, and visual artist. Her poetry collection Fingertip of the Tongue won the Eyelands International Book Award, and her work has been published extensively. Sarah won the Ron Pretty and Bruce Dawe, and co-won the Writing Ventures, and Gwen Harwood poetry prizes, and was shortlisted in numerous writing awards. Sarah is regularly commissioned to write ekphrastic poetry, and run writing workshops in conjunction with art institutions such as NGA, NPG, Australian Design Centre, Canberra Glassworks, Belco Arts, Craft ACT and CMAG. Sarah exhibits her own visual work and collaborates with a range of other visual artists.


More info

Please contact Belco Arts via email, or phone (02) 6173 3300.