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Writing Poems Inspired By Art: What Happens Beyond the Image

In this class, we will take (virtual) museum tours to find creative flow in the interplay between visual art and poem-making. We’ll look, wander, and wonder at enchanting works of art, finding language to name our experience, for as the Greek poet Simonides said, “Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting with the gift of speech.” The poems we write will be in conversation with color and shape, light and mood, and you’ll leave each session with a brand-new poem (or two) and the afterglow of having created a new connection to art.

*Note – all classes are in Pacific Standard Time

Instructor: Samar Abulhassan

Grade: 5-7

Location: Online

Duration: 4 sessions

Start Date: 01/12/2021

End Date: 02/02/2021

Days of the Week: Tuesday

Time: 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm PST

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Samar Abulhassan

Samar Abulhassan holds an MFA. from Colorado State University and has worked as a teaching artist for a decade, for Seattle Arts and Lectures' WITS Program, Hugo House, Jack Straw, and the Skagit River Poetry Foundation. Born to Lebanese immigrants and raised with multiple languages, she is a 2006 Hedgebrook alum and the author of multiple chapbooks, including Farah and Nocturnal Temple. She received a 2016 CityArtist grant to complete a novel-in-poems, reflecting on memory, longing and the Arabic alphabet ignited while exploring Pike Place Market and Seattle’s waterfront.

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