Attending the Living World/Word with Mark Adams and Elizabeth Bradfield
Presented by Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown
June 16 - June 21, 2013
We want to dedicate this week to cultivating the art of being present in a journey through the specific world of Provincetown’s dunes, forest and beaches, bringing together the arts of writing and drawing in response to the natural world. You do not need to know how to draw and you don’t need to be an experienced poet to come along on this journey -- you only need to want to walk through the forest, the sand and maybe a little bit of water, and be receptive to new possibilities. We’ll write in relation to what we hear, touch, smell, taste and see using the building blocks of metaphor, sound and imagery. Poetry will be the foundation of our writing and reading, but all genres are deepened by close attention to world and word. We’ll learn drawing techniques adapted to outdoor field settings (such as blind contour and gesture drawings, drawing with ink and brush, and watercolor wash drawing) rooted in observation and learn field-based drawing techniques, keeping a journal for sketches and writing. Both Mark and Elizabeth are naturalists as well as artists and, as residents of the Cape's tip, bring deep knowledge and love of this place.