What is a work of art, and how do we look at it? What is the role of an art critic? Why should we write about art? P.3Writes is a writing workshop for high-school students that will explore these questions and expose students to new ways of looking at, encountering, and writing about art. P.3Writes is free and open to students with all levels of experience with writing and looking at art.

Students will meet once weekly for four months. Two teachers, with experience as professional art critics, writers, and educators, will lead the weekly workshops. A visiting writer or critic will teach approximately one class (including lectures, workshops, and site visits) per month. This format allows students to build their skills continuously with a facilitator familiar with their work and proficiency, while also benefiting from the varied perspectives and experiences of nationally recognized art critics and writers.

P.3Writes will use Prospect.3: Notes for Now as a valuable resource for the students’ writing, and the biennial will give students an opportunity to encounter artworks created by internationally renowned artists. P.3Writes will culminate in the publication of the students’ writings in local newspapers and media outlets.

For more information, please contact Charlie Tatum, charlie@prospectneworleans.org.


P.3Writes Facilitator Laurence Ross received his MFA from the University of Alabama, where he served as the Creative Nonfiction Editor for the Black Warrior Review. In addition to publishing his writing in a variety of literary journals, anthologies, and the Huffington Post, he is a frequent contributor to Pelican Bomb, a regional publication dedicated to the Louisiana arts community. Laurence Ross lives in New Orleans where he is at work on a book-length project concerning the lives and deaths of our cultural spectacles/specters.