Art Cards & Journals: Online Classes

Art Cards & Journals: Online Classes

Stuck at home? Maybe you need some DIY art therapy!

For some of us, this is a time of unusual solitude, without our usual interactions with people at work, community, and social events. For others, it is a time of intense family presence, with partners and children home from jobs and school. Art making can help us deal with stress and disruption while we all try to get through this pandemic crisis. At the same time, face-to-face classes and workshops are suspended. To help you get through and come out stronger, I am offering two online classes Art to Share and Cheer: Art Cards  and Learn Virtually: Art Journals to Document-Reflect-Imagine. Non-artists are welcome! Complete creative projects on your own, or make it a family art experience.

 

 

We’ll explore ways to document and imagine life in this moment:

  • Art journals with space to paint, draw and write (handwritten or typed, printed and pasted into the journal.)
  • Art cards to send to people who need a lift right now, especially older family members who can’t have visitors.
  • Fun techniques to try with watercolor and graphite pencils, pen and ink, and collage. 

The classes will feature:

  • Interactive online sessions: I’ll offer instruction in basic drawing and painting techniques, project ideas for your art cards and journals, and time for questions. While you can work on cards and journals and view meeting recordings at your convenience, the live sessions will give us a chance to get acquainted, chat, exchange ideas, and reduce isolation.
  • Daily prompts: Once you register, you will receive a welcome email with more information and a starter project. You’ll get an encouraging message and suggestions in a class email list. You’ll also receive handouts with project options you can adapt.
  • Exchange and support: Meet class members and view each other’s work in a friendly, non-critical environment. In the art cards class you will be encouraged to send cards to people you know, or care facility residents, who are isolated in these difficult times.
  • Supplies: If you have art supplies, you can put them to use! However, please make sure you have cards/journal that are mixed media or watercolor paper. I’ve suggested options that are basic, student quality, which will be perfectly adequate for class projects. See lists below. If you are local to Boulder, CO and if stores are open (!), you can find supplies at Two Hands Paperie, Meiningers, or Michaels. Keep in mind delivery times are also slower than usual.

Schedules:

Learn Virtually: Art Journals to Document-Reflect-Imagine Supply List

Suggested supplies include:

  • Watercolor pencils 
  • Drawing pencils and gum eraser
  • Water brush
  • Fine-line pen(s)
  • Glue or paste for collage
  • Journal (choose one that is watercolor or multimedia paper, at least 90 lbs.)

You can order supplies from this Dick Blick wishlist, or order them from this Amazon list. 

Art to Share and Cheer Supply List

Suggested supplies include:

  • Watercolor paints
  • Water brush
  • Drawing pencils and eraser
  • Fine-line pen(s)
  • Post cards or note cards, watercolor or mixed media paper (plain postcards from the Post Office will not work.)

You can order supplies from this Dick Blick wishlist, or order them from this Amazon list. Keep in mind delivery times are also slower than usual.

 

Registration:

Questions? Contact me at jsalmons[at]vision2lead.com.

Travel Journal: Mexican Cruise 2019

Travel Journal: Mexican Cruise 2019

These drawings were inspired by my trip to Mexico and California. They feature watercolor, pen and ink, and colored pencils.

Want to try journaling?

This class will include both written and visual styles of journaling. Join me in Boulder! If you are interested in hosting a workshop, contact me: jsalmons[at]vision2lead.com.

Journaling Right and Left
3 Wednesdays: April 15, 22, and 29 at 1 to 4 pm
Information and registration here.

A winter journal: ls Life Ever Still?

A winter journal: ls Life Ever Still?

This winter, with more time indoors, I decided to focus on still life. When I started to think about it, I was intrigued by the term itself: what does still life mean?
Sketchbook artist I used this question as a springboard for a journal I completed as part the Sketchbook Project with the Brooklyn Art Library. The hard copy will live in the museum, and the digital copy will live in their online library.

It is a community arts kind of thing—in the global community—in other words, not juried. Anyone can participate. That means you!

The paper was quite thin, so I inserted pages of watercolor paper. In addition to watercolor, I used colored pencils, pastels and conte crayons, batik on rice paper,  pen and ink, and collage.

Want to explore art journaling?

If you are in Boulder, Colorado, you can join me for a 3-session class through the Boulder Valley School District Lifelong Learning program. Registration is here. Contact me if you would like to host a journaling class: jsalmons[at]vision2lead.com.

Need a creative interlude? Classes in Boulder, CO

Need a creative interlude? Classes in Boulder, CO

Life is hectic, art-making is rejuvenating!

I find that art-making  gives me the chance to observe the world around me and reflect. These participatory classes that give artists, non-artists, and would-be artists, a chance to be creative. Learn more from these short media pieces, and register to join me in Boulder, Colorado. Questions? Contact me at jsalmons[at]vision2lead.com.

Art Cards and Journals:
 

Paper – Paint – Paper: Multimedia Collage
March 5, 12:30 to 4 pm
Information and registration here.

Journaling Right and Left
3 Wednesdays: April 15, 22, and 29 at 1 to 4 pm
Information and registration here.

Writing and Drawing with Fountain Pens:

Hands-On Fountain Pens
April 17, 3 to 5 pm
Information and registration here.

 

 

Workshop at Two Hands Paperie

Workshop at Two Hands Paperie

You don’t have to be an artist
to enjoy creative time!

Take a break from the busy-ness and learn new ways to integrate creativity into your everyday life. I’m offering a class at Two Hands Paperie in Boulder, Colorado to give you a start! These intimate, relaxed workshops offer how-to steps, time to practice, and take-home guides.  Not in Boulder? See flexible class options and invite me to offer a workshop in your shop, museum, organization, or community!

Hands-On Fountain Pens 

Friday, November 15th
3:00-5:00 pm
Register now.

I am a blogger and have written 7 books, so I have lots of experience with digital writing. When I want to think more deeply about what I am writing, create a message that won’t get stuck in an inbox, or when I want to sketch and doodle, my choice is a fountain pen. I love being able to choose inks and nibs, and avoid adding disposable pens to the landfill. Don’t be intimidated– modern pens are easy to use! Come learn to write with a fountain pen. You will also learn how fountain pens work, and how to maintain them so you can treasure a pen for years to come.