Art for All Workshops and Classes

Current class: PANDEMIC POETRY PROJECT, P3

May 14 and 21, morning and afternoon sessions

We’re excited to announce our next workshop.

According to P3 coordinators Betsy Irwin and Carissa Ervine, “We want to illuminate how poetry flows through our lives—from nursery rhymes to rap music. We’ll share different poetry forms and techniques to help writers create a format for their work. Using the pandemic as a general topic, I believe writers can offshoot into infinite forms. That said, we’ll encourage students to anchor their poems on positive outcomes such as our innate strength during difficult times, the process of surrender, lessons we learn, or changes in our collective beliefs.”

Each workshop has two sessions. Morning sessions are geared towards teens while afternoons are reserved for adults. Aspiring poets will be coached in the many ways that exist to express themselves in writing.

The second set of workshops (dates to be determined) will take the pandemic poetry off the paper—and will focus on presentation. “Performance, or even how a poem can be intertwined into other art forms, is as important as putting pen to paper,” says Irwin. Future workshops will explore the concepts of sound (phonetics) and meaning (morphs) separately, circling back around to connect them. Body language, costuming, and combining poetry into visual arts are other topics we will introduce as students decide the best approach to performing their writings.

Questa Farmer’s Market will host P3 poets on the first Sunday of each month, starting June 2. “Having recitals at local farmers markets is a great way to get the public and our poets ready for a hoped-for larger performance, as plans shape up into the fall,” Betsy says.

P3  also hopes to host a countywide poetry effort as the project expands, inviting poets to submit their work for jurying. Betsy and Carissa are developing accompanying lesson plans, making it easy for teachers to introduce the idea of submitting their work while adhering to New Mexico’s curriculum guidelines. “We also want home-schoolers involved in the project,” Irwin remarked. “This will be a great way to help parent-teachers to round out their kids’ English program in a unique, community-oriented way.”

WHAT: Pandemic Poetry Project

WHEN: Saturdays, May 14 and May 21.

Morning sessions for teens meet 9:30 am – noon, afternoon session for adults meet 1:30 to 4:30

WHERE: Questa Youth Center, next to Questa Public Library, Municipal Park Drive, Questa, NM

COST: Free

CONTACT: questacreativecouncil@gmail.com to register and for more info.

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The QCC will continue to offer multi-generational classes and workshops, in 2022.

In June Nick Nagawiecki will offer more drop-in weaving classes (after the pilot classes in April) and artist-educator Mark Lewis Wagner will offer his  “creative journeys” workshop. 

Suggested donation to cover supplies. Please note: children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

Classes are held at the Cisneros Youth Center in the Art Room, located next door to the Questa Public Library, on Municipal Park Drive, in Questa, NM.