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Water Street Studios School of Art

“Let Art Speak To You” – Word + Image Art Workshop Series

with Carly Palmer


This NEW three (3) part workshop series will introduce students to the concept of bringing together visual art alongside written word. The focus on this workshop will be on weaving together word + image to tell a new story. Inviting in words that capture thoughts and feelings adds a whole new dynamic to the art making experience. Likewise it offers the art the chance to “speak” in more ways than one. Students will be guided each week with art & writings prompts to deepen their creative process.

Week One: Ekphrastic Poetry

Students will be invited to write their own ekphrasis poetry inspired by well-known artworks. Ekphrastic poetry has come to be defined as poems written about works of art; however, in ancient Greece, the term ekphrasis was applied to the skill of describing a thing with vivid detail. In addition to the descriptions of a work of art, an ekphrastic poem usually includes an exploration of how the speaker is impacted by their experience with the work.

Week Two: Poetry Collage

Students will be invited to create their own poems from their cut out words. Students can work intentionally by piecing together their words and/or they can add in an element of surprise and randomness by putting their poem together by chance. Both methods will be discussed, and students will be encouraged to explore which method they are most interested in experimenting with.

Week Three: Fairytale & Mythology Collage

Students will be invited to create collages inspired by reading well-known fairytales and/or mythology. They will select symbols, themes, and/or words create their own visual stories inspired by the stories.

To learn more about Carly, follow her on Instagram @artfullycurious or visit

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  • Oct 4 - 18th, 2022
    Tue for 3 weeks from 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Water Street Studios


160 S. Water Street
Batavia, IL 60510 Get directions

Room: North Classroom

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