Memoir and Self-Portraits in Word and Image
with Karen Davis and Cassandra Goldwater
If you want to explore telling your story while experimenting with a variety of methods and materials, you will find this class both productive and fun.
Tuesdays, April 2, 9, 16, 23
May 7, 14, 21 and June 11 (one class will be a field trip)
Whatever your background — writing, photography or other visual arts – this class introduces you to historical and contemporary art using word and image to create memoir and self portraits. Classes include experimenting and playing with different materials to fuel your imagination. Assignments to be completed outside of class expand your creative expression and approaches to your art.
You explore exhibitions, books, assemblages, mixed and multi-media, including the web as avenues for developing and sharing your work.
The class culminates in a presentation of individual projects.
Past projects (including the teachers’) have included:
- A memoir using photographs and text crafted in the form of an aviator’s flight book
- A zine and narrated DVD about a single mother restarting her life in a Cambridge neighborhood
- Exhibition prints and web mini-movies about aging, a mother’s advice, and surgery
- A quilted translation of Italian author Italo Calvino’s book “Invisible Cities”
- An artist book and CD about caretaking a husband with Alzheimer’s disease.
- A left-hand memoir written on a photogram
- Exhibition prints incorporating original poems
This class is limited to 15 students.