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Words and Images


Make images that inspire writing, writing that inspires images, and create work that combines the two with Stuart Kestenbaum and Susan Webster.

Course Description

Activities in this class will include daily writing and visual prompts as ways to generate work.  Participants will learn the low-tech printmaking techniques of gelatin-plate process and monotype drawing and use these along with drawing and collage to make image and text components. Formats will include simple book structures and one-of-a-kind pieces. The emphasis is on experimentation.  

All levels welcome.



Artists Biographies

Stuart Kestenbaum is a poet and former director of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts.  He has been a visiting writer at art programs including Penland, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, and Alfred University. He is the author of six books of poems, most recently Things Seemed to Be Breaking (Deerbrook Editions 2021). He served as Maine’s Poet Laureate from 2016-2021. 

Susan Webster is a visual artist who works with a variety of materials and processes. She has taught at Haystack, Penland, Center for Contemporary Printmaking (CT), Studio Artworks Center (Jerusalem, Israel), and developed a model art program in the prison system in Maine. Recent exhibits include Center for Maine Contemporary Art 2020 Biennial, Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art & Design, and Cove Street Arts in Portland, Maine. 

Stuart and Susan frequently make work together that combines words and images.

Learn more about Stuart Kestenbaum and Susan Webster by visiting their websites &, and checking out their Instagrams @stukestenbaum & @susanwebsterdeerisle.

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