Teaching artist Vanita Leatherwood is an award-winning poet, storyteller, performer and mixed-media artist, with over 30 years of experience in facilitating arts workshops that inspire creativity, cultivate joy, foster personal discovery and build community.
Pricing is determined based the number of sessions, time for set-up and break down, teaching hours and time for curriculum development, meetings and materials preparation. There is an additional fee for producing a culminating experience. Pricing is calculated using the Teaching Artist Guild Pay Rate.
Nothing better than an afternoon of creativity!
Deep reflective work using collage, music , sharing and silence.
Are you the person who "used to" write poetry? During this workshop you will have the opportunity to wake up your creative self. Activities include the use of prompts, imagery and word games.
Using self-affirming words and quotes you can create a beautiful collage cube with a joyful message for yourself or a friend.
Part craft making, part poetic reflection. You will use found art, papers, objects, fabric and other embellishments to create a mixed-media story box. The creation process includes guided reflection work and expressive writing. Perfect for retreats or individual session work this workshop promotes self-awareness, clarifying a pathway to your authentic self.
What message of self-love do you need to hear? In this session we will tune into our inner voice to create a zine using one piece of paper and any art materials you have on hand. Don't worry I'll will walk you through the process step by step.
Creative Aging workshops are designed to provide people 55 and older with opportunities for artistic expression, social interaction, and enhanced mental and physical health through meaningful engagement in the arts.
No experience necessary! Just be ready to learn, have fun and create!
There is so much to be gained in reflecting on our life stories. In this eight-session writing workshop series, participants will explore how poetry can be used as memoir, by hearing, reviewing and reflecting on excerpts from published poetry-memoir books.
Participants will be introduced to basic poetry writing skills such as the use of metaphor, form, and theme. We will launch the creation process with thought-provoking conversation, guided reflection work and sharing. Participants will spend time in session and at home writing, using their senses, life stories, humor, history, and popular culture as inspiration.
Each week there will be an opportunity for generous and positive feedback on the evolving poetry from me, plus supportive responses from other participants. Basic performance skills are introduced including voice, eye contact, and facial expression. The workshop series will culminate with a poetic-performance reading, featuring participants' work thematically linked together.
Are you the person who "used to" write poetry? Or perhaps you are having trouble connecting with your “creative side.”
During this eight-session workshop series participants will have the opportunity to wake up their muse through activities that include the use of innovative prompts, imagery, music and sharing. The poetry of six poets (Lucille Clifton, Audre Lorde, George Ella Lyon, Mary Oliver, Theresa I. Soto and Pádraig Ó Tuama) will serve as the catalyst for the activities.
Basic poetry writing skills are shared including use of metaphor, form, and theme. Participants will spend time in session and at home writing. Each week there will be an opportunity for generous and positive feedback on the evolving poetry from me, plus supportive responses other participants. The workshop series will culminate with a poetry reading of the participants' work.