Voice and Vision: An Image and Text Workshop

Pamela Lanza
7 Sessions » Wednesdays and Sundays, July 16–August 6 
Wednesdays, 6:30–10 pm | Sundays, 11 am–4 pm
Studio 13 | $400

Open to all levels

Students explore the relationship of word to image, learn to use text as visual image, and discover the importance of the unexpected through various types of word play and random pairings of text with visual ideas. Each session begins with a writing exercise designed to unlock different modes of creative thinking. The rest of the class time is spent creating images that incorporate ideas from the writings, utilizing the text itself as imagery, or constructing layers of word and image that build upon each other. As words "conjure up" images, images will also invite verbal elaboration. We will study diverse historical roots of image/text including illuminated manuscripts, Jung's Red Book, Kahlo's notebooks, Cubists, and Surrealists, and discuss contemporary artists using text such as Ed Ruscha, Cy Twombly, Karen Schiff, and Carl Andre, among others. 

“I loved this class. It really inspired creativity and Pam was an amazing and knowledgeable teacher.” –Voice and Vision student, 2012

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Pamela Lanza has an MFA from San Francisco Art Institute, and has taught at University of California, Berkeley Extension and in SFAI’s Adult Continuing Education program for more than 15 years. Her work has been exhibited at numerous galleries and college campuses across the country, including University of North Carolina, Florida State University, California Institute of Integral Studies, Stanford University, and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. Her work has appeared in Harper’s Ferry Review, as the cover for Anatomical Venus by poet Meg Schoerke, and illustrates Origins, Transformation, Limitations and Scientific Culture by William Wentworth of Clemson University. She is currently represented by Sandra Lee Gallery, San Francisco. 



Pamela Lanza
Evacuating Heaven, 2011
Ink, acrylic, charcoal, and collage on paper
52 x 40 inches
Courtesy of the artist