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McCrae Arts En Plein Air: Illuminate Your Writing

July 21, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

| $35
Detail of a handwritten letter with illegible words.

Inspired by John McCrae’s creative inclinations, join us for a morning of tea and ‘Illuminate Your Writing’ with Rob O’Flanagan in the McCrae House gardens.

All levels of experience are welcome.

$35+ HST  | Tickets in advance.

About Illuminate Your Writing:

There is a longstanding tradition of combining writing and visual art into evocative and thought-provoking tributes, memories, statements and inspirations.

Highly detailed illustrated manuscripts like the Book of Kells, the flowing watercolour illustrations that adorn the poems of William Blake or the small sketches accompanying the field notes of explorers – all are among the many ways text and visual art/graphic design have been combined to capture powerful experiences and illustrate ideas, reflections and inspirations. Combining the two has endless creative possibilities.

This fun and exploratory workshop will introduce participants to those possibilities. We will take our visual cues from the displays and environs of McCrae House, recording our personal impressions in poetry and/or prose, and investigating a variety of ways to illustrate, illuminate, decorate, embellish, adorn our words, primarily through sketching and a basic application of colour using watercolour, coloured pencil/pen and other mediums like collage.

This workshop is for anyone who enjoys the language of poetry and the challenge of recording thoughts and perceptions through drawing.

In keeping with the era in which John McCrae wrote and sketched, we will stick to the basics of that era by using our best handwriting or printing and our best freehand sketching – low-tech instead of high-tech. If all goes well, participants should have a keepsake or two to take home with them.

ROB O’FLANAGAN has been a newspaper reporter, photojournalist and columnist for nearly twenty years. He has won numerous Ontario Newspaper Awards and a National Newspaper Award. He is the author of The Stories We Tell and The Blown Kiss Collection, two volumes of short fiction that began as a CBC Radio series in northern Ontario. He writes, performs and records poetry, and is a visual artist. Raised on a farm in central Saskatchewan, he is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan. He lives in Guelph and is currently writing a novel.

His collection of poetry, Open Up the Sky: A Poetic Conversation, co-authored with Heather Cardin, is available from Vocamus Press.

Open Up the Sky: A Poetic Conversation (Vocamus Press, 2015)
The Blown Kiss Collection (CatchFire Press, 2000)
The Stories We Tell (White Mountain Publications, 1998)

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July 21, 2019
10:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Guelph Museums


McCrae House
108 Water Street
Guelph, Ontario N1G 1A6 Canada
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