In Poe's poem, the Raven is a metaphor for loss. After reading a few passages of the poem, participants will create birds that represent hope, love, anger, fear, faith, etc. Elana will give a lesson on drawing birds. We will have different mediums available so you can create birds in an imaginary setting. We will finish with a brief “show and tell”.
About City Birds
Raised in the Bronx, Elana Amity visited Poe Park numerous times. Edgar Allan Poe’s poem "The Raven" was brought to life by her father who loved reciting poetry. Ironically, Poe completed his final revision of "The Raven" while living on 85 Amity Street, now West Third Street, in NY’s Greenwich Village. Amity’s current work includes numerous paintings and monotypes of birds found in New York City’s parks, sidewalks, and window sills. Her birch bark paintings reflect images and textures found in natural settings.
New York City artist, Elana Amity, began her career as a teacher and freelance illustrator. She served on the board of the Society of Illustrators for many years. In 1984 she joined the faculty of LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts where she taught illustration, painting and drawing. In 2010 she opened a studio in Manhattan’s Garment District. Her paintings, drawings and prints capture both fleeting and enduring moments of life in cities, nature and beyond. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and public spaces at home and abroad.