Poetry, Prose, Pinterest: Writing and Contemporary Collage

We are relentlessly bombarded with words and images. It is the creative mind that controls this “social scrapbooking” to make it meaningful. In this class, we will explore Pinterest, poetry, prose and collage to discuss how art and writing parallel and at times conflict, and how together they can enrich and complicate our experience. A number of questions will guide our study. How do writers and artists address the same subject matter in multiple genres while avoiding redundancy? What must complement or contrast in text and art to make them both more powerful? Students will complete original projects that combine image and text and will use these projects to organize themselves into groups with classmates who share similar aims or styles. They will then collaborate to present research on established artists and writers who have inspired these artistic “schools” or movements. Prior experience in visual art and creative writing is not required.