The class usually begins with readings from various creative disciplines, the sharing of student writing, and class discussions. Adventurous prompts encourage students to develop their creative curiosity. Award-winning artists, poets, and writers are frequently invited to share their creative journeys. This class is open to anyone who wants to develop their personal creativity. All are welcome—no previous writing experience is required. Remember, “If you can speak, you can write.” Just bring a notebook and a pencil.
Come, said my Soul,
Such verses for my Body let us write,
(for we are one)
Silya Kiese’s lively demonstrations and lectures related to interdisciplinary topics in fine art, contemporary sculpture, installation, light-art, and mixed media have inspired many students. Ms. Kiese attended the Art Students League of New York; the University of California, Los Angeles; and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she received her M.F.A.
A distinguished lecturer in art, philosophy, and art history, Ms. Kiese has spoken at the School of Visual Arts, New York City; Rutgers University, NJ; and the Silvermine School of Art, CT. She was a visiting artist and lecturer at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Germany; Seattle Pacific University and Evergreen State College, WA; and University of California at Berkeley. Her life-size sculptures, installations, and light-art are exhibited internationally.