Past participants say Jan Krist‘s classes are “all things good” and “incredibly productive,” and praise her ability to bring out the best in students of all experience levels. A student last summer wrote, “Jan is an excellent teacher, offering believable encouragement and gentle, helpful feedback.”
There is a striking similarity between art and music. When we talk about a painting or a print, we note the way an artist has made their marks, the way the colors play off each other, the feel of the image, and so on. In this class your melodic lines are your marks, your chords are your colors , and your words create the images you want to convey.
We will focus heavily on lyrical construction and the power of clear, concise images. We will use writing exercises and be writing haiku poetry each day. We will also spend some time creating images with markers and paints, to spur creativity.
All experience levels welcome, including beginners. Ages 16+
What will class time be like? Will I need to work outside of class?
We will begin each morning by reading the haikus students have written in their free time that morning. We will then have a creative exercise using either art or writing, or both. We will talk about elements of design (specifically anomaly and repeated forms) as they compare to songwriting elements.
On our first day we’ll create a handmade notebook in which to write our finished lyrics, decorating the cover with our song prompt. We’ll be looking at lots of art work and listening to many different kinds of songs. We will be using the bulk of our mornings to stir up our creative energies and spend blocks of time writing and sharing.
Participants wishing to create complex or ambitious projects should expect to spend additional time working outside of class.
Students will leave with a new song, some artwork completed in class, and a handmade notebook.
What should I bring to class?
Students should bring a notebook, pens and pencils. They should also bring a photocopy of a picture of themselves. This can be a childhood photo, something from a life event, or even a yearbook photo.
The Full Package covers tuition + materials, all meals (Sunday dinner through Saturday brunch) and lodging.
Full Package: $700-$1230
- Private Room – $1230
- Shared Double Room / Yurt – $915
- Library Dorm: $780
- RV Hookup: $750
- Guild Tent $735
- Own Tent: $700
Commuter Cost: $455
(Commuter Cost includes Sunday dinner, Monday through Friday lunches, and Saturday brunch.)
This class is part of the Grünewald Guild’s Summer 2020 Program: Forest Vision. Learn more about the Summer Program.
July 26 – August 1, 2020
This is a non-refundable deposit.
The remaining balance must be paid in full upon arrival.
Date(s) - Jul 26, 2020 until Aug 1 2020