The aim of Word Play is for you to discover that by giving yourself permission, time and freedom to play, you will expand your use of words and language, develop ideas, and overcome any fear you may have attached to the thought of writing.
Each class will be structured around a theme to provide a range of prompts and stimulus for a piece of writing. This will be linked to an art activity which may stimulate the words, or the words may stimulate the art. You'll be encouraged to begin a daily writing practice and you will also be inspired by the thoughts of philosophers, poets, song writers, artists and dreamers. To undertake this 5 week course you need no experience of writing or art, just the desire and imagination to want to. There won't be homework as such, although I hope you will want to continue what you start in class. These pieces could be developed into a journal writing practice, poetry, song writing, or short stories.
There will be preparation required for each class which will be in the form of gathering items, ideas or research to bring along to assist discussion and personalise the experience for you. There will be class sharing, but only as much as you want to share. This is not school. It is an adult learning environment where you will safely play with new ideas and arty stuff until you are comfortable (or not).
This course is born from ideas I have developed for the Art Play course (which is art with a little bit of words) and the question "what about a class with words and a little bit of art?". Well why not?
If any of this resonates with you, then join like-minded people to embark on, or continue, the next stage of your writing journey. I dare you to enter this world where there will be random acts of creativity, and you'll be the one making them.
Date: Sundays, 10, 17 and 24 September, 15 and 22 October 2017 Time: 1:00-4:00 pm
Class fee: $350 (includes some materials)
About the Tutor: Robyn Steel-Stickland has a qualification in art therapy, with around 20 years of experience teaching crafts and textiles. She's also now spent over six years at the helm of Opendrawer. Robyn is expert in encouraging adults to play & explore more, and is the originator of our ArtPlay course, now in its 4th year.
Robyn says "My love of words developed from avid reading as a child (torch under the blankets after lights out), playing Scrabble and word games while growing up, and then studying drama and literature at college, as well as being a member of a very verbal family. I like writing too. I started by rewriting favourite poetry and song lyrics into my journal, which I embellished. This eventually led to writing my own stuff which could be called poetry, or the random ideas that pour out of my head. I practice regular word play because it makes me feel good. This is my writing journey .. join me to kick start yours."
Five Sunday afternoons, 1:00-4:00 pm 10 September, 17 September, 24 September, 15 October, 22 October 2017
- Gain confidence and freedom in creative expression
- Gain tools for developing ideas, and make a little bit of art
- Learn to use words and text creatively and artistically
- Expand your creative use of words and language
- A5 journal/sketch book - unlined
- Favourite writing implements
- Black fineliner and a couple of drawing pencils - nothing fancy
Comfortable clothes for writing and other creative acts
Adults 18 years and older who want to uncover or explore their creativity
Vendor sincce 2015
Be enticed by the colour and texture of Opendrawer. Founded by Robyn Steel-Stickland (& co.) in 2010, we've been described as edgy, arty, elegant, unique and quirky. Part gallery shop for handmade artist product from all around Australia. Part vintage and textile art supply wonderland. Part workshop for people of all skill levels. All creativity hub.
At Opendrawer, you'll learn skills, techniques and ideas that encourage you to find your own creativity.
You can enrol in courses or workshops in felt, creativity, sewing, embroidery, book making, crochet, dyeing, drawing, jewellery making, paper sculpture, art & design, mixed media, and more.
We're open to expressions of interest, so let us know if there's something you want to learn.
If for any reason you decide that the workshop you have done or are doing does not suit you, then that is a personal decision and no refund will be given.
If Opendrawer cancels a workshop, you will be given a full refunds or can choose a replacement workshop to the same value as the workshop being cancelled. You will be notified at least 2 days before the due date of the workshop if cancellation is necessary due to insufficient enrolments.
A $10 admin fee applies to all changes of date/workshop bookings.
Cancellations made within two weeks of the booked workshop will forfeit 50% of the advertised fee - or you may find a replacement student.
Cancellations made within 24 hours of the workshop will forfeit the full advertised fee - or you may find a replacement student.
If for any reason you decide that the workshop you have done or are doing does not suit your, then that is a personal decision and no refund will be given.
A minimum of five people are required for a workshop to run. Opendrawer reserves the right to cancel a workshop if the minimum booking is not achieved. Full refunds will be given or a replacement workshop offered to the same value as the workshop being cancelled. You will be notified at least 2 days before the due date of the workshop if cancellation is deemed necessary.Unfortunately, due to the workshop timetable no makeup classes are avaiable.