The word “persona” originally comes from a Greek term meaning “mask.” Following a tour of the exhibition John Stezaker with curator Karen Butler, the writing portion of this teacher workshop will investigate how we craft personae when writing poems, drawing inspiration from Stezaker’s Mask series. Is the poet really the same as the speaker/narrator? How do they differ? How are they the same?
Led by Eileen G’Sell, instructor of English at Washington University and publications assistant at the Museum, we will explore a variety of techniques to construct personae both similar to and different from our own. After the poetry exercise, collage artist Maria Ojacastro will engage participants with constructing their own Stezaker-inspired collages incorporating words and phrases from their poems and additional themes found in the artwork.
This workshop is free and open to teachers. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided; check-in begins at 9:30am.
Space is limited! Register today by contacting Allison Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
image credit: John Stezaker, Mask X, 1982. Collage, 9 11/16 x 7 1/8". Ringier Collection, Switzerland. © John Stezaker.