"By the 6th grade I stopped doing ordinary things in front of people. It had been ordinary to sing, kids are singing all the time when they are little, but then something happens. It’s not that we stop singing. I still sang. I just made sure I was alone when I did it. And I made sure I never did it accidentally. That thing we call ‘bursting into song.’ I believe this happens to most of us. We are still singing, but secretly and all alone."

— Lynda Barry, What It Is (via constellation-funk)

(via nemesissy)

thenearsightedmonkey:

It’s the end of the Semester and Professor Sluggo/Lynda is looking over some of the snapshots she took of your comp books over the semester.

Remember that one time she asked you to take out your composition notebooks and handed you a picture of Batman drawn by someone else and then said OK, now draw Batman vomiting, Batman really really really depressed and Batman screaming.

Professor Sluggo/Lynda is gonna miss you SO BAD.

thenearsightedmonkey:

On Saturday, September 7th, Lynda Barry joined Angela Richardson and Lauren Kelly and a lot of kids at The Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery’s Science Saturday event. Together they made some tiny books for a tiny library of the future.

Have I mentioned how much I love Madison lately?

If you were ever moved to get me a gift, um… This one especially, pretty please?

1. I will forever reblog Lynda Barry.2. I will forever wish that I was a student at UW-Madison (or, y’know, wherever she happened to teach) and could actually take a class with her. Some day! Some! DAY!
thenearsightedmonkey:

PLEASE FORGIVE OUR ERROR! 
APPLICATION DEADLINE IS AUGUST 1 2013
imagelab2013:

APPLICATION  IMAGE LAB: Art 548
Writing for Visual Artists
University of Wisconsin-Madison
FALL 2013, Mon/Weds, Time: 1:20 -3:50 Location: 6061 Humanities 
Class Limit: 14 students, composed of 10 grad students from the Department of Art and three wild cards.
Credits 3-4
Instructor: Lynda Barry
   A way of writing and keeping a working notebook that is image-based, and designed specifically for visual artists. We’ll use our notebooks to help track, identify, and understand the images that come up in our work, and where they might be trying to take us. We’ll use both autobiography and fiction to write a lot of fun stories and lively versions of things that are usually a drag to write, like bios, response papers, proposals and artist’s statements that are not dead.
We’ll meet to write as a group every Monday. Scheduled, individual studio visits and one to one meetings with instructor will on take place Wednesdays. Each student will have a minimum of three individual one hour conferences with the instructor over the course of the semester.
APPLICATION PROCESS
Applications for the class will be accepted either in person or by mail until 4:00 PM on THURSDAY AUGUST 1, 2013. Class list will be announced on or before July 31st, 2013
PLEASE NOTE: No electronic submissions will be accepted. Applications must be printed out and delivered by hand or by mail to:

IMAGE LAB: Art 548 Application
c/o UW-Madison Art Department
6241 Humanities Building
455 North Park Street
Madison, WI  53706

VERY VERY VERY VERY IMPORTANT! All applications must be formatted exactly as follows to be considered:  typed, double-spaced, 12 point Times New Roman with standard margins, black ink on regular white paper, no longer than 4 single-sided pages, stapled in the upper left hand corner.
Prospective students should answer each of the questions below without putting too much thought into it. The first answers that come to mind are the ones I’m most interested in.
Questions for Students Applying to “IMAGE LAB: ART 548”
 1. Full Name:
 2. Student ID Number (10 digits,  no dashes or spaces)
 3. Email address: (please use your wisc.edu email address)
 4. Degree program or area of study and year  (eg BFA, Dance, Junior)
 5. What classes did you take during Spring Semester of 2013? Why?
 8. What classes will you be taking Fall Semester of 2013? Why?
 9. What were some of the books you read as a kid?
10. What were some of the games you played?
11. What were some of your favorite fictional characters when you were growing up. (These can be any kind of fictional characters at all, personal, literary, cartoon, video game characters, etc.)
 12. Describe your favorite elementary school teacher.
 13. Describe your least favorite elementary school teacher.
 14. Describe an object or thing that disturbed you as a kid.
 15. Describe an object or thing that made you feel good as a kid.
 16. Describe something you made by hand as a kid that frustrated you.
17. Describe a fight you witnessed.
18. Describe a dog you knew when you were young.
19.  Describe an object that you lost that you still think about.
20. Describe something you made as a kid that satisfied you.

1. I will forever reblog Lynda Barry.
2. I will forever wish that I was a student at UW-Madison (or, y’know, wherever she happened to teach) and could actually take a class with her. Some day! Some! DAY!

thenearsightedmonkey:

PLEASE FORGIVE OUR ERROR!

APPLICATION DEADLINE IS AUGUST 1 2013

imagelab2013:

APPLICATION  IMAGE LAB: Art 548

Writing for Visual Artists

University of Wisconsin-Madison

FALL 2013, Mon/Weds, Time: 1:20 -3:50 Location: 6061 Humanities

Class Limit: 14 students, composed of 10 grad students from the Department of Art and three wild cards.

Credits 3-4

Instructor: Lynda Barry

  A way of writing and keeping a working notebook that is image-based, and designed specifically for visual artists. We’ll use our notebooks to help track, identify, and understand the images that come up in our work, and where they might be trying to take us. We’ll use both autobiography and fiction to write a lot of fun stories and lively versions of things that are usually a drag to write, like bios, response papers, proposals and artist’s statements that are not dead.

We’ll meet to write as a group every Monday. Scheduled, individual studio visits and one to one meetings with instructor will on take place Wednesdays. Each student will have a minimum of three individual one hour conferences with the instructor over the course of the semester.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Applications for the class will be accepted either in person or by mail until 4:00 PM on THURSDAY AUGUST 1, 2013.
Class list will be announced on or before July 31st, 2013

PLEASE NOTE: No electronic submissions will be accepted. Applications must be printed out and delivered by hand or by mail to:

IMAGE LAB: Art 548 Application

c/o UW-Madison Art Department

6241 Humanities Building

455 North Park Street

MadisonWI  53706

VERY VERY VERY VERY IMPORTANT! All applications must be formatted exactly as follows to be considered:  typed, double-spaced, 12 point Times New Roman with standard margins, black ink on regular white paper, no longer than 4 single-sided pages, stapled in the upper left hand corner.

Prospective students should answer each of the questions below without putting too much thought into it. The first answers that come to mind are the ones I’m most interested in.

Questions for Students Applying to “IMAGE LAB: ART 548

 1. Full Name:

 2. Student ID Number (10 digits,  no dashes or spaces)

 3. Email address: (please use your wisc.edu email address)

 4. Degree program or area of study and year  (eg BFA, Dance, Junior)

 5. What classes did you take during Spring Semester of 2013? Why?

 8. What classes will you be taking Fall Semester of 2013? Why?

 9. What were some of the books you read as a kid?

10. What were some of the games you played?

11. What were some of your favorite fictional characters when you were growing up. (These can be any kind of fictional characters at all, personal, literary, cartoon, video game characters, etc.)

 12. Describe your favorite elementary school teacher.

 13. Describe your least favorite elementary school teacher.

 14. Describe an object or thing that disturbed you as a kid.

 15. Describe an object or thing that made you feel good as a kid.

 16. Describe something you made by hand as a kid that frustrated you.

17. Describe a fight you witnessed.

18. Describe a dog you knew when you were young.

19.  Describe an object that you lost that you still think about.

20. Describe something you made as a kid that satisfied you.

i’m home sick looking at this tumblr and kicking myself for not seeing it sooner. this is the coolest thing ever. and there is no way in hell i can get a hard copy application in to UW by 3pm tomorrow. NO LIE, i actually did take a moment to think about whether or not i could write and print something out really fast and overnight mail it to wisconsin. but when i actually got real about my exact level of sick (i am slowly getting better, but i’m still on a lot of cold meds and i haven’t left my bed all day) and how easy it would be to find an open post office past 5pm and whether or not the application would actually get there by 3 tomorrow, well… reality came crashing down. reality is a bummer sometimes, you guys!

because, for the record? i would HELLA sublet my apartment for a semester to go live in madison and take a class with lynda barry. i would figure out some way to make it work with school credits and scholarship/loans and whatever else.

i tried last year, actually, to see if i could make it happen. go to UW for a semester as a “semester abroad” from my mfa program at sf state. the UW admissions department was really nice, too! but they were prioritizing UW students and it just didn’t sound like it was gonna happen, and then i dropped the ball on following up because my semester kinda blew up.

i was the third person from outside wisconsin to call & ask, btw, which is pretty cool! (the other people were from the east coast.)

anyway. a life is a long time. hopefully i will be able to take a class with barry some day. dream big, gina!

theunthinkablemind2013:

THE UNTHINKABLE MIND 

Spring 2013

Art 469 —-English/Creative writing 307 —— Science (Course number to come)

Day: Mon/Weds

Time: 1:20 -3:50

Location: 6261 Humanities

Limit: 20 Students, composed of eight students whose main interests are in the Humanities, eight students whose main interests are in the Sciences, and four wild cards.

Credits 3-4

Instructor: Lynda Barry

A writing and picture-making class with focus on the basic physical structure of the brain with emphasis on hemispheric differences and a particular sort of insight and creative concentration that seems to come about when we are using our hands (-the original digital devices) —to help us figure out a problem.

No artistic talent is required to be part of this class, but students must have an active interest in learning about the physical structure of the brain, how memory, metaphor, pictures and stories work together, the relationship between our hands and thinking, and what the biological function of the thing we call ‘the arts’ may be.

This is a rigorous class with a substantial workload. Along with twice weekly writing, picture making, and memorization assignments, students will be required to complete a handmade book using visual and written elements by the end of the semester.

Although this class is open to both graduate and undergraduate students from all academic disciplines, priority will be give to Art, Science, and English students currently enrolled at the University of Wisconsin.

Applications for the class will be accepted either in person or by mail until 3:00 PM THURSDAY DECEMBER 5th. No electronic submissions will be accepted, but students will be receive an email confirmation that their application has been received. Class list will be announced on Wednesday, December 12th.

The Unthinkable Mind 2013 c/o UW-Madison Art Department
6241 Humanities Building
455 North Park Street
MadisonWI  53706

All applications must be formatted exactly as follows to be considered:  typed, double-spaced, 12 point Times New Roman with standard margins, black ink on regular white paper, no longer than 4 single-sided pages, stapled in the upper left hand corner.

Prospective students should answer each of the questions below without putting too much thought into it. The first answers that come to mind are the ones I’m most interested in.

Questions for Students Applying to “The Unthinkable Mind”

 1. Full Name:

 2. Student ID Number (10 digits,  no dashes or spaces)

 3. Email address: (please use your wisc.edu email address)

 4. Degree program or area of study and year  (eg BFA, Dance, Junior)

 5. This course is offered through different departments. Select the department through which you would like to take the course.

 6. Art 469 —-English/Creative writing 307 —— Science (Course number to come)

 7. What classes did you take during Fall Semester of 2012? Why?

 8. What classes will you be taking  Spring Semester of 2013? Why?

 9. What were some of the books you read as a kid?

10. What were some of the games you played?

11. What were some of your favorite fictional characters when you were growing up. (These can be any kind of fictional characters at all, from literary to cartoon to video game characters.)

 12. Who was your favorite elementary school teacher? Why?

 13. Who was your least favorite elementary school teacher? Why?

 14. Was there an object or thing disturbed you as a kid? Why?

 15. Was there an object or thing that did the opposite for you? Why?

 16. Was there something you made by hand as a kid that frustrated you?

 17. Was there something you made by hand as a kid that made you happy?

 19. What was your least favorite kind of fictional creature?

 20. What would be your least favorite kind of fictional environment?

 21. How do you feel about writing by hand?



How I wish how I wish how I wish HOW I WISH I COULD TAKE THIS!!!

thenearsightedmonkey:

Wednesday, December 5 at 3pm is the deadline to register for Lynda Barry’s “The Unthinkable Mind” class at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

More information about the class here..

thenearsightedmonkey:

Jive!!!!!
A comic strip by Lynda Barry

thenearsightedmonkey:

Jive!!!!!

A comic strip by Lynda Barry

Oh. I love this!!!! EVERY TIME, LYNDA BARRY. EVERY TIME!thenearsightedmonkey:

Will 2012 be a good year for you? Marlys asks the crystal ball on your behalf and it answers…….

Oh. I love this!!!! EVERY TIME, LYNDA BARRY. EVERY TIME!

thenearsightedmonkey
:

Will 2012 be a good year for you? Marlys asks the crystal ball on your behalf and it answers…….