All About the Why: Understanding our Practices


Nightingale-Brown House

This series of workshops is for practitioners across mediums, roles, and institutions who want to deepen their understanding of the wellsprings of their work. Through a series of riddles and explorations, using images, maps, and playing with materials different from, but parallel to, our customary ones, we will investigate what makes our work uniquely ours. We will explore possibilities for opening up future work, and develop language to help us connect with future collaborators, partners, and places

Note: Because this workshop is individually tuned, participants will need to complete an outside assignment in preparation for each session. 

Session 1. March 4th 1.5 hrs, 5:30-7pm
Session 2. March 11th 2.5 hrs, 5:30-8pm
Session 3. March 18th 2.5 hrs, 5:30-8pm

Enrollment: Limited enrollment to 16 people. 

Emmy Bright is an artist and educator living in Providence. She teaches Critical Investigations in Arts Learning at RISD, as well as other courses at the Feinstein Institute for Public Service at Providence College and in the Art Education Department of City College New York. She is also an artist educator with the RISD Museum’s Teen Program. In all of her teaching, she helps people to develop and articulate their personal practices in both the studio and in the classroom. 

She has worked as an artist, educator, administrator, and researcher for numerous non-profit organizations and schools in New Haven, Boston, New York, and Chicago including Columbia College’s Center for Community Arts Partnerships and the national Teaching Artist Research Project at University of Chicago. She recently completed a three-year fellowship at New Urban Arts, and it is still one of her favorite places to do projects. She holds a BA from University of Chicago and an M.Ed from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and many hours at the Penland School of Crafts and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her visual and academic projects focus on language, socialness, and the construction of meaning. And in the studio, she makes objects, drawings, and prints moving back and forth between intuitive and analytical ways of working.