Ekphrasis Field Trips with Nancy Au

When the incredible Kathryn Kruse moved to Chicago in 2017, she left us with the greatest gift in the world...notebooks full of writing and lessons that we learned in her fabulous museum workshops. We realized how much we needed and craved this gorgeous form of generative ekphrastic learning in our lives...and so we are offering classes in Ekphrasis, in the spirit and heart of what Kat started here at The Escapery. We hope that you'll join us! Click HERE to watch an awesome 15-second video made by the ultra-fabulous Carson Beker, about our Ekphrasis adventures! 

Upcoming

summer 2019

ekphrasis at the ASIAN ART MUSEUM

June 2019, Sunday TBA, 10am-1pm. An ekphrasis field trip to the ASIAN ART MUSEUM. A generative one-day workshop dedicated to poets and short story writers and playwrights! $35-$40 sliding scale. (Tickets to the museum vary between $10-15, with discounts for students, seniors, and people under 18 years old). We will be writing on the theme of ANIMALS! We will explore the museum together and individually, study the art in search of the Animals within the paintings and sculptures and photographs. We will ask questions of the art, such as: What are different definitions of Animal—can ‘animal’ look like war, sex, love, family, fear? What special powers do Animals have? What kind of Animals exist in the bright metal or silver gelatin black-and-white or gleaming golds and copper? How do Animals and heritage coexist? If you are a playwright, this workshop will appeal to you because we will practice the art of stream-of-consciousness writing to access dynamic dialogues. If you are a poet or story writer, this workshop will appeal to you because we will as we use writing prompts to interrogate the subjects in the art, as we practice ways to write into color and texture and composition/setting.

To register: Simply email TheEscapery@gmail.com or go to our contact page and let us know what Adventure you’re interested in!

 

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winter 2019

ekphrasis at the oakland museum of california

February 3, 2019. An ekphrasis field trip to the Oakland Museum. A generative one-day workshop dedicated to nature and science lovers, poets, and short story writers! $40-50 sliding scale. And, FREE admission to the museum! We wrote on the theme of BUGS! We wrote into/about/for/as bugs as we explored the art and history and science exhibits!

Fall 2018

Ekphrasis: SF Museum of modern art

September 27, 2018. In this ekphrasis field trip to the SF MOMA, we explored the museum, used writing prompts, and generated pages and pages of new writing for our chapbooks, story and poetry collections--our theme this time...Nightmares. 

Spring 2018

ekphrasis: oakland museum of california

April 28, 2018. An ekphrasis field trip to the Oakland Museum. This was a generative one-day workshop dedicated to nature and science lovers, poets, and short story writers. We wrote into the unique components that make up our everyday life, dismantling the scenes that we see everyday, and rebuilding them into something new! We explored J.B. Bunk's "Nature, Art & Everyday Life" exhibit, as well as the OMCA's fabulous history and science exhibits, in order to understand the ways that Life and culture is curated, catalogued, and categorized. We wrote dozens of pages using prompts and other creative exercises. 

Ekphrasis: sf museum of modern art

April 5 & 12, 2018: Ekphrasis field trips to the SF MOMA, generative one-day poetry and flash fiction bootcamps and fundraiser! THANK YOU so much, Carson Beker, Haldane King, Celeste Chan, Patricia Reynoso, Sam Walsh, Zack Hanson, and Matt Cover for making the April 12th fundraiser such an incredible night! We explored the museum, used writing prompts, worked to tighten the major themes of our chapbooks, and generated pages and pages of writing! This was a special fundraiser, sliding scale $5-20 event. All fees for the 4/12/18 class were donated to readers at Escapery's Terra Incognita and Old Devil Moon literary readings!