This week I’m participating in the Textbook and Academic Authors Association conference in Philadelphia! I will live-blog on MethodSpace to share ideas I glean from presenters and attendees. After the conference I will post a summary of my own presentations, with links to resources.
Does your group, organization, or business
need to get creative?
My creative interlude workshops are based on three principles:
- We need time to refresh our minds and spirits. We are collectively under stress from a tumultuous time and information overload. We spend too much time looking at screens (this from a digital geek!) and not enough time using our hands.
- You don’t need to be an artist to benefit from a creative experiences. We focus on process, not the product.
- You can do it! Start with some basic techniques, play and have fun!
Consider offering one of the following classes, or work with me to develop one that meets your specific needs.
Hands On Fountain Pens. Did you know Americans alone throw away at least 1.6 billion disposable pens every year? Learn the basics about how to buy, use, and maintain refillable fountain pens. Experiment with writing and drawing.
Wish You Were Here: Art Cards. Creating and sending small paintings is fun for you and will make the day of anyone who receives it. Learn watercolor and writing techniques that will make your cards stand out in a pile of junk mail!
Start Journaling. From to-do lists to life observations, journaling can be practical or reflective. Learn a variety of styles including bullet, art, nature, memoir, dream, and choose the ones that fit your life now.
Paper-Paint-Paper: Multimedia Collage. Who doesn’t remember the fun of cutting and pasting? Try a grown-up version with rice and decorative papers, and watercolor paints.
Contact me to discuss options for class length, size, supplies, and of course costs! Write to jsalmons[at]vision2lead.com.
Do you teach courses or training for professionals on these topics?
- social, group, team, and/or collaborative learning
- developing teams and partnerships
- teaching and learning theories
- instructional design
- learning activity, project, or assignment design
- mapping for learning project design
- teaching roles and practices
- facilitation roles and practices
- assessment strategies
- teaching online, blended, and/or face-to-face
- teaching in a flipped classroom
- teaching workshops or seminars outside of academia
- problem- or project-based learning
- experiential learning
- community internships, field, or service-learning
If so, you might want to consider Learning to Collaborate, Collaborating to Learn as a course text!
Learning to Collaborate, Collaborating to Learn offers theoretical foundations educators need to understand and situate collaborative learning within program and curricular goals. It offers the practical, step-by-step guidance educators need to design, plan, map, facilitate, and assess collaborative activities.
Knowledge, skills and attitudes associated with being able to work with others across geographical, organizational, social and cultural boundaries are now more important than ever. Help current and future educators prepare to use collaborative learning and enable their students to learn to collaborate, while collaborating to learn!
Try a fountain pen to liven up your writing!
If you are looking for a pen to start with, these pens are tried and true. They are modestly priced, good quality, fun to use and easy to maintain. They all come in multiple colors, and have steel nibs.
Patronize your local pen shops! In Boulder? You can find these pens at Two Hands Paperie. If you don’t live near a pen shop, follow the links.
- Kaweco Sport. Small plastic pen from Germany, with selection of nib options, including extra fine, fine, medium, broad and calligraphy. Easy to switch nibs if you want to use more than one size. International standard cartridge only.
- Lamy Safari, Al-Star or Vista. Lamys include both plastic and metal models. These German pens are available with extra fine, fine, medium, broad nibs. Lamy also makes the Joy, a calligraphy pen. Lamys come with a converter and sample cartridge. Lamys use a proprietary cartridge.
- Pilot Metropolitan. The Metropolitan has a metal body. Japanese nib options include fine, medium, medium italic. The pen comes come with a squeeze converter and sample cartridge. It uses a proprietary cartridge.
- Pilot Kakuno. The Kakuno has a plastic body. Japanese nib options include extra fine, fine, or medium. It uses a proprietary cartridge; converter is sold separately.
Two of these pens are from Germany, and two are from Japan. Here are some writing examples on Baron Fig paper. As you can see, the Japanese Pilot nibs are considerably finer than the German Lamy nibs. The choice is one of personal preference.
Related blog post:
Academic Writing with Pen in Hand. A blog post about my hybrid digital/analog writing style.
Resources and Guides:
- Fountain Pen Network: Discussion forums with knowledgeable fountain pen geeks who will actually answer your questions!
- JetPens Blog and Guides: Detailed reviews and comparisons between various pen-related products. See How to Write with a Fountain Pen. JetPens specializes in Japanese pens.
- Goulet Pens Blog and YouTube Video Demos: More about pens and techniques. Brian Goulet does an excellent job with detailed show-and-tell videos. See: 5 Tips to Improve Your Handwriting with Fountain Pens.
- S.B.R.E Brown: Detailed YouTube video pen reviews. He’s very knowledgeable about a wide range of pen brands and style.
- The Postman Knocks: Calligraphy lessons, videos, and worksheets (Boulder-based business!)
Save the Date: Join Hands-On Fountain Pens at Two Hands Paperie in Boulder, November 15, 2019. Registration will be online early fall.
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Thinking about Painting Art Cards?
Painting art cards has multiple benefits. The painter takes time for reflection and sharpens skills in observation. The card brightens the day of the recipient, who continues to enjoy it. Painting for art cards can be quick and informal, in plein air or a coffee shop, landscapes, still life, or abstract.
I consulted the following resources for the “Wish You Were Here“ art card workshop at Two Hands Paperie in Boulder, Colorado.
The Watercolor Learning Center: Lots of great resources from Ellen Fountain
Free nature journaling online course with Jan Blencowe
Angela Fehr: Classes and examples
John Muir Laws resources on drawing and nature journaling
Liz Steel is good resource for capturing the urban side of postcard creating.She shares lots of tips on color mixing, drawing, telling a story and feeling comfortable creating out in the world.
Supplies for Painting on the Go
Paints and Palettes
Some palettes come filled with paint. Some are made to simply use until the paint is gone, then discard. Others have plastic or metal pans that can be removed to switch out with other colors, and to refill and keep using.
Others include empty pans, which you can fill using watercolor paints that come in tubes. It is easy to fill your own pans. You fill them with tube water color paints, and let them dry overnight. If you look at the sources listed above, or search online, you will discover lots of approaches for selecting the colors for a palette. You might decide that you need more than one, or that you will change for the seasons, or for travel.
The term “palette” also refers to the sectioned dish you can use to mix paints. They come in all sizes and in plastic or porcelain. For on-the-go painting, the lid of the paintbox works just fine.
This small Cotman set is great for mobile painters. When you use up the paints, you can refill the pans with paints from tubes. Cotman paints come in 40 colors, so you can customize your palette to your liking. If you are in Boulder, Two Hands Paperie carries these sets.
The Portable Palette is a fold-up plastic painting set up, and the stand doubles as a water reservoir.
This type of empty palette comes in all sizes, from this small one to styles that fit 48 pans.
Pans are removable in these options so you can easily change your color combinations.
This set of brushes offers a flexible assortment. Another travel option is the type of brush that has a protective cap. See a review of travel brushes on the Scratchmade Journal site.