The 2014 Weekend Workshop Series in Thomas, West Virginia
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Thomas is a small rural mountain town on the edge of Canaan Valley and the Monongahela National Forest. It has an enthusiastic and growing arts community, and is home to the wildly popular music venue, The Purple Fiddle.
Its dramatic natural beauty makes it a mecca for artists and writers, as well as birders, backpackers, cyclists, kayakers, and cross-country skiers.
All workshops are $500 and include meals, events, and receptions. Travelling partners can also enjoy workshop amenities including meals, events, and receptions for $200. Participants will be resposible for finding their own lodging and a list of B$Bs, hotels and motels in the area will be provided.
Workshop size will be limited appropriately. Please get in touch for details about the workshop you are interested in the space provided below.
Workshops In Thomas 2014
Summer and Fall
The painting course will be $30 a day and participants will be responsible for their own meals and lodging.
The writing weekend is $500 and includes meals, events and the workshop. Participants will be responsible for finding their own lodging but we will provide names and numbers of nearby stays.
Dead or Alive: a course specifically dedicated to animal representation in painting.
October 17 - 19
Writing on the Mountain: two exclusive writing workshops - creative non-fiction writing with Barbara Hurd or poetry with Stephen Dunn.
Please call us at 304-851-4553 or send a message below for more information about the workshops, the artists, and the area.
A course designed to explore the unique challenges of using animal subjects in art, this three-day tutorial includes basic animal anatomy with observations in studio and fieldwork. We’ll be painting from life in a variety of settings, with discussion and demos throughout. There will be an emphasis on applying these lessons to making meaningful art.
A weekend designed to workshop creative nonfiction writing with Barbara Hurd. Writers taking part in this group will send to each other and to Barbara a short piece (maximum 5 pages, double spaced) of creative nonfiction (memoir, lyric essay, nature writing, etc.) by October 1. During the weekend, participants will read and discuss each others' work, experiment with various writing exercises, and generate new material. For more about Barbara Hurd click the link below.
A weekend spent immersed in poetry with Stephen Dunn and other workshop participants. Writers taking part in Stephen's group will exchange a piece they'd like to work on with all poetry participants and Stephen by October 1. Participants will be expected to read and be prepared to discuss the other writers' work as well as their own over the weekend. For more about Stephen Dunn click the link below.