Writing About Black Art - Spring 2022
Now enrolling for a multi-session series, Writing About Black Art with Richard Allen May III

All workshops are FREE and take place over Zoom on Saturdays from 4-5:30 pm. Registration is required.

Through class lectures, Zoom discussion groups and homework exercises, participants will learn about selected African American artists from different perspectives and produce a 350 -word essay concentrating on one work of art. Time will also be devoted to peer reviews of each other’s essay draft in Zoom discussion groups. These workshops are designed to develop marketable skills as a freelance writer writing about Black art and artists.

UPON SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THIS FOUR-PART SERIES, PARTICIPANTS WILL AWARDED A CERTIFICATE IN WRITING ABOUT BLACK ART.

Artist and educator, Richard Allen May III comes with a wealth of knowledge about the AfriCOBRA Movement, having written the forward to AfriCOBRA: Experimental Art Toward a School of Thought, published by Duke University, 2020. He is a staff writer at Artillery magazine and his work has been displayed in art galleries throughout the Inland Empire, as well as exhibits throughout the United States. May has taught courses in community colleges, universities, and prisons. Learn more at https://richardmayart.com/

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Writing about Black Art through a Biographical Lens
February 5, 19. and 26 • 4 - 5:30 pm

This workshop explores writing about Black art from a biographical perspective. Participants will examine how to unpack this art and make it accessible to readers by analyzing how the life of the artist informs the creative process.

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Writing about Black Art through a Feminist Lens
March 5, 12, and 19 • 4 - 5:30 pm

This workshop explores writing about Black art from a feminist perspective within the framework of Black feminism. Participants, through whole class discussions, Zoom discussion groups and homework exercises, will learn about key African American female artists who courageously used the creative tool as a weapon of agency.

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Writing about Black Art through an Iconographical Lens
April 2, 9, and 23 from  • 4 - 5:30 pm

This workshop explores writing about Black art from an iconographical perspective. Participants will learn how to analyze the content as well as the signs & symbols in selected works of African American art. 

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Writing about Black Art through a Psychoanalytical Lens
May 7, 14, and 21 from  • 4 - 5:30 pm

This workshop explores writing about Black art from a psychoanalytic perspective with specific attention devoted to how theories related to Black psychology correlate to Black art. Through  class lectures, Zoom discussion groups and homework exercises, participants will become familiar with African American artists whose work connects to issues related to Black psychology.


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