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Through workshops and other events we provide opportunities to meet and learn from artists and writers who are committed to their practice. We have a variety of interesting online workshops coming up in 2018 — some may introduce you to something completely new and different, others may deepen your understanding of a familiar topic. We hope you find something appealing. Please contact us with questions, if you'd like us to offer something specific, or if you are interested in teaching a workshop for us: info@shantiarts.com.

2018 ONLINE WORKSHOPS
LITERARY ARTS        
Dreams as Source: Using Dreams to Spark Creative Writing Karla Van Vliet 4 weeks starting February 12, 2018 $160 REGISTER NOW
Writing Place: Landscape, People, and the Natural World Linda Buckmaster 5 weeks starting March 5, 2018 $175 REGISTER NOW
Introduction to Writing Japanese Poetry Naomi Beth Wakan 4 weeks starting September 24, 2018 $160 REGISTER NOW
VISUAL ARTS        
Experiments in Abstract and Impressionistic Photography Susan Ruach 6 weeks starting March 6, 2018 $190 REGISTER NOW
The Art of Street Photography Mark Wyatt 6 weeks starting April 16, 2018 $190 REGISTER NOW
Your Inner Gift: Cultivating the Art of Simplicity in Photography Andy Ilachinski 6 weeks starting September 10, 2018 $190 REGISTER NOW
CREATIVITY AND SPIRITUALITY        
Making a Statement: Writing (or Re-Writing) Your Artist Statement Naomi Beth Wakan 4 weeks starting February 12, 2018 $160 REGISTER NOW

Writing Place: Landscape, People, and the Natural World REGISTER NOW

Are you drawn to a certain place and long to write about it? Do you want to embed a sense of place into your creative writing?

Learn about and practice writing about place, a subgenre that includes many of the elements that make a specific place what it is. It can include layers of history, natural history, human culture, the spirit world, and the built environment to bring us to this present moment. We can be advocates, critics, or lovers of a place. For many of us, specific places are connected to our spirituality and deeper self. Also, a sense of place can help us ground our writing on any topic. Through writing, we not only express ourselves but also discover more about our subject. By developing our craft, we can better understand and present our world and experiences. Open to writers or aspiring writers of any level. Participants will look at readings on craft and the work of other writers for inspiration, and then practice the writer’s toolkit of image, voice, language, structure, and more. Some exercises will provide the opportunity to write in plein air or at a specific site.

Instructor: Linda Buckmaster blog | contact
Five Weeks starting March 5, 2018
Fee: $175
Enrollment Limit: 8

Linda Buckmaster is the author of three poetry chapbooks and has more than thirty publications in regional and national journals. One of her pieces was named a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2013. Former Poet Laureate of Belfast, Maine, Buckmaster has taught in the University of Maine system for twenty years. She holds an M.F.A. from the Stonecoast writing program at the University of Southern Maine and an M.A. in communication from the University of Maine. She has been awarded writing residencies at Atlantic Center for the Arts, Obras Foundation, and Vermont Studio Center.

Your Inner Gift: Cultivating the Art of Simplicity in Photography REGISTER NOW

 

 

 

 

 

Are you interested in making images that express a sense of who you are on the inside? Do you want your images to be more simple and meaningful?

Learn how to cultivate a mindful, intuitive awareness of simplicity in approaching subject matter and composition. Move beyond capturing well exposed snapshots of what you see to using basic elements of a visual grammar to communicate what you feel and to create images that are uniquely personal and meaningful. The focus will be divided equally between finding simplicity within—by developing and nurturing a relationship to subject, camera, and self—and finding simplicity without—by learning specific methods and approaches, including post-processing techniques, to enhance your visual and spiritual awareness of space in the world around us and in our photographs. Ultimately, explore how to convey the spirit of Minor White's sage admonition to "photograph things not only for what they are, but also for what else they are." Note: participants may use any type of camera they wish, including a film or digital SLR, a point-and-shoot, or a cell phone camera.

Instructor: Andy Ilachinski website | contact
Six Weeks starting September 10, 2018
Fee: $190
Enrollment Limit: 8

By training and profession, Andy Ilachinski is a physicist. However, both by temperament and inner muse, he is a photographer. Photography became his life-long pursuit the day his parents gave him a Polaroid instamatic camera for his 10th birthday. Through his photography, Ilachinski studies the mysterious relationship between inner experiences and outer realities. His creative process is very simple. He takes pictures of what calms his soul. Ilachinski's work has been widely published and awarded. His images have been featured in Lenswork four times, spotlighted in B&W magazine twice, and has been featured in Still Point Arts Quarterly. Ilachinski has been a multiple-time finalist in the prestigious B&W Spider Awards and his work has appeared on many online magazines and blogs (including Luminous Landscape and Shadow & Light magazine). He won the international book contest sponsored by the UK Black + White Photography magazine in 2007. His blog (started in 2004) has been named one of the top 100 photography blogs by Photography Colleges. He received the award Best in Show—Portfolio in Still Point Art Gallery's exhibition Simplicity.

Experiments in Abstract and Impressionistic Photography REGISTER NOW

Ever wonder how an abstract photograph is made? Do you find abstract or impressionistic paintings appealing and want to know how to do something similar with your camera?

Examine styles and learn techniques that produce abstract and impressionistic photography: framing, realistic abstracts, mining an image, camera movement, digital manipulation, and more. Participants will experiment with different ways of making images with their cameras and will have opportunities to share their work and exchange ideas with others in the workshop. Participants will use a private Facebook group for the sharing, so a Facebook account is needed for the duration of the course. Note: participants may use any type of camera they wish, including a film or digital SLR, a point-and-shoot, or a cell phone camera.

Instructor: Susan Ruach website | contact
Six Weeks Starting March 6, 2018
Fee: $190
Enrollment Limit: 8

Susan W. N. Ruach began her love of photography about twenty-eight years ago. Her work began with nature and has developed to also include macro and abstract images as a way to invite the viewer to deeper reflection. Her work has been exhibited across the country and she has received awards from such groups such as the Professional Photographers of America and the Tennessee Professional Photographers Association. She is also interested in photography as a part of one's spiritual journey.

Dreams as Source: Using Dreams to Spark Creative Writing REGISTER NOW

Do your dreams play over and over in your mind? Do you think about what they might mean? Perhaps writing can help you explore your dreams.

Dreams can be intense and confrontational, scary, quirky, funny, or loving. They ask us to look into dark corners, where both love and terror can hide. This is the gritty material that makes great art. Using creative writing in the genre of your choice (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, etc.), this workshop will provide methods to mine those unique veins of feeling and experience and access the fertile ground that our dreams hold for self-discovery. Through email correspondence, participants will have the opportunity to discuss one or up to four recent or childhood dreams one-on-one with the instructor. Participants will submit writing each week and receive useful feedback and direction. Note: this workshop will not include much sharing among participants as dreams are often very private experiences.

Instructor: Karla Van Vliet website | contact
Four Weeks Starting February 12, 2018
Fee: $160
Enrollment Limit: 8

Karla Van Vliet is the author of two collections of poems, From the Book of Remembrance and The River From My Mouth(Shanti Arts.) She is an Edna St. Vincent Millay Poetry Prize finalist, and a Best of the Net, and two-time Pushcart nominee. Her poems have appeared in Poet Lore, The Tishman Review, Green Mountains Review, Cronnog Magazine, and others.  Her chapbook Fragments: From the Lost Book of the Bird Spirit is forthcoming from Folded Word. Van Vliet is a co-founder and editor of deLuge Journal. She is an Integrative Dreamwork analyst, in private practice since 2007, working one-on-one with clients and leading dreamwork retreat groups. She is a visual artist and the administrator of the New England Young Writers' Conference at Bread Loaf, Middlebury College. Karla lives in Bristol, Vermont.

Introduction to Writing Japanese Poetry REGISTER NOW

Are you a poet looking to expand your use of poetic forms? Do you want to explore the possibilities within poetry?

Learn about two time-honored forms of Japanese poetry: haiku (the poetry of the senses) and tanka (the poetry of the heart). Participants will be introduced to an understanding of both of these wonderful ways to express one's self in poetry and will receive supportive critique from the instructor. Suitable for both experienced and emerging poets. This will be Naomi's third time teaching this popular workshop . . . be sure to register early!

Instructor: Naomi Beth Wakan website |contact
Four Weeks Starting September 24, 2018
Fee: $160

Enrollment Limit: 8

Naomi Beth Wakan is a personal essayist and the Poet Laureate of Nanaimo. She has authored over fifty books, most recently, On the Arts, a series of essays on various aspects of creativity based on pieces she has written for Still Point Arts Quarterly. She is the author of the prize-winning book, Haiku: One Breath Poetry. She lives on Gabriola Island in British Columbia, Canada.

Making a Statement: Writing or (Re-Writing) Your Artist Statement REGISTER NOW

Puzzled about how to write an Artist Statement? Unhappy with your current Statement?

Artists paint/sculpt/sew/pot. They often have trouble describing what they do in words. Still, artists sometimes need to produce a statement about their work for a show, for their website, or when applying for a grant. This workshop explores how you can go beyond the obscurity of “artspeak” to present an open, honest statement of your current work, or the work you intend to do in the future.

Instructor: Naomi Beth Wakan website |contact
Four Weeks Starting February 12, 2018
Fee: $160
Enrollment Limit: 8

Naomi Beth Wakan is a personal essayist and the Poet Laureate of Nanaimo. She has authored over fifty books, most recently, On the Arts, a series of essays on various aspects of creativity based on pieces she has written for Still Point Arts Quarterly. She is the author of the prize-winning book, Haiku: One Breath Poetry. She lives on Gabriola Island in British Columbia, Canada.

Exploring Street Photography REGISTER NOW

Do you take pictures when you travel? Do you take your camera everywhere you go? (Of course you do. With cell phones, all of us have a camera at the ready.) Do you want to develop your photographs to be more interesting and engaging?

The urge to create is fueled by knowledge and experiment, and this six-week deep dive into street photography will result in a clearer understanding of this fascinating art form. Each week we will examine street photography through readings, videos, discussion, and examples. Whether new to photography, new to street photography, or well-seasoned in the sport, participants will come out of this workshop with a stronger identity as a photographer and a clearer understanding of their personal vision. On the street, our personal vision drives what our eye sees next and chooses the moment our finger triggers the shutter. Clarity in our vision is a gratifying lifelong pursuit, one that this workshop intends to reinforce. Participants will intensively examine their own and other photographers’ work and together will hone their understanding of what makes an effective and successful street photograph. Note: participants may use any type of camera they wish, including a film or digital SLR, a point-and-shoot, or a cell phone camera.

More information about street photography and this workshop may be found here.

Instructor: Mark Wyatt website | contact
Six Weeks Starting April 16, 2018
Fee: $190

Enrollment Limit: 8

Mark Wyatt has been photographing strangers on the streets since around 1980. First working almost exclusively in black-and-white film, Wyatt shot primarily 35mm using a Honeywell Pentax Spotmatic, Nikkormat, Pentax K1000, and Nikon F2 and fixed focal length lenses. He processed and printed his own work. In the 1990s, Wyatt shot almost exclusively in 35mm color using the Nikon F2. He moved to digital in 2006 and got used to it in 2013. He worked extensively in Photoshop during the 2000s after digitizing his earlier film images. He is currently experimenting with minimal manipulations. More about Wyatt may be found here.

 

 

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