Fridays “OFFTHEBUS” The Study of Blue, Mar 12-Apr 2nd

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  • Week One
    March 12, 2021
    2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
  • Week Two
    March 19, 2021
    2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
  • Week Three
    March 26, 2021
    2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
  • Week Four
    April 2, 2021
    2:30 pm - 5:30 pm

OFFTHEBUS Method Writing Workshop Series:
The Study of Blue



Bambi Here
Baz Here, MFA


Course Length:

One 3-hour class per week for 4 weeks (12 Hours + weekly writing assignment)


Course Description:

This course is an exploration of blue using Method Writing as a means for discovery. Students will be immersed in art, music, and literature as a prompt for creating work. As a writer, the students will investigate themes to illuminate and expand their territory as artists and their relationship to their own deep voice.


Student Learning Objectives:

Upon successful completion of this course, students are expected to be able to:

– Produce 3 completed pieces of method writing for OFFTHEBUS that demonstrates the workshops theme.
– Further develop mastery in Method Writing techniques.
– Analyze art, music, and literature and clearly articulate formal elements, historical references, theoretical connections, and metaphorical attributes through their own voice.
– Read, discuss, and critique their own and their peers’ work.


Instructional Methods:

This course is taught using a variety of instructional methods including lecture, class discussion, writing prompts, and group exercises.


Reference Materials Required:

Required Texts:

Mavor, Carol. Blue Mythologies: Reflections On A Colour. Reaktion Books, 2013.
ISBN: 1780230834

Grapes, Jack. Method Writing: The First Four Concepts. Bombshelter Press, 2017.
ISBN: 0941017257

Grapes, Jack. Advanced Method Writing. Bombshelter Press, 2017.
ISBN: 1500402389

Optional Texts:

Nelson, Maggie. Bluets. Wave Books, 2009.
ISBN: 1933517409


Course Outline:

Week One

Introduction – Who are we? Who are you?

Lecture/Discussion – Seeing the Color Blue / The Ontology of Blue
Podcast – Why Isn’t the Sky Blue?

In-Class writing prompt

Assignment Due Week Two (See Handout)

Week Two

Reading and Critique

Lecture/Discussion – “Blue is the Color of Memory”
Marcel Proust and the Color Blue

In-Class writing prompt – Short Poems

Assignment Due Week Three (See Handout)

Week Three

Reading and Critique

Lecture/Discussion – Grief & Loss Cyanotypes
Anna Atkins

In-Class writing prompt (from Cyanotype)

Assignment Due Week Four (See Handout)

Week Four

Reading and Critique

Short Lecture – The Sound of Blue

Editing workshop

Preparing student work for OFFTHEBUS book series