Journaling World Watercolor Month

Journaling World Watercolor Month

Yay! It’s World Watercolor Month!

Every July the energetic Charlie O’Shields invites expert and amateur watercolor artists to paint in response to daily prompts. The goal of World Watercolor Month is to create 31 paintings in 31 days.

When people post their work on social media, or directly into the Doodlewash site community (my preference) they appear in a collective newsfeed. You can see how others responded, and make comments. The result is an interactive global community art fair!

Enjoy the digital edition of my World Watercolor Month art journal! I am participating for the second time. This year I am creating a World Watercolor Month art journal. In addition, I am working on a summer travel art journal, but more on that in another post!

Day 1

The prompt was Primary Colors. Of course red, yellow, and blue are primary colors, but  since the natural world often inspires my painting, I select and blend my watercolors to reflect the Colorado landscape.

Day 2

The prompt was Sunny Sky. After an unusually gray spring and early summer, illuminated leaves are most appreciated.

Day 3

Painting on the patio is our idea of Family Fun! This one includes torn painted rice paper collage with watercolor and brush pen.

Day 4

Painting on the patio is our idea of Family Fun! This one includes torn painted rice paper collage with watercolor and brush pen.

Day 5

Loose and free, the Day 5 prompt, sounds like a Colorado theme! Our streams and rivers are the result of snow pack cutting loose– they freely rush over rocks to make a dramatic and beautiful flow. I tried to represent a fast and free river in this two Day 5 contribution.

Day 6

For the Day 6 prompt Window View, I am sharing a little painting based on my recent experience of taking a train from Boston to Philadelphia. We had a window seat in the cafe car, and watched towns, woods, farms, and water go by.

Day 7

The prompt for Day 7 was Shiny Things. At this time of the year its the sunshine-y places that inspire me. This watercolor sketch is from a shiny day at Grand Lake, Colorado.

It is free to participate, but any funds generated through donations or sales of very cool merchandise go to the Dreaming Zebra Foundation to provide art opportunities and supplies to kids.

Interested in journaling? Registration opens soon for workshops in Boulder, Colorado. See summer offerings!

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Time with Writers: TAA Conference

Time with Writers: TAA Conference

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.

TAA is an association of and for writers from all disciplines. You can find my monthly TAA Abstract blog posts here.

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Get Creative! Workshop Options

Get Creative! Workshop Options

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.

 

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Teach Educators to Teach Collaboratively

Teach Educators to Teach Collaboratively

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!

 

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Thinking about trying a fountain pen? 

Thinking about trying a fountain pen? 

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.

Writing Styles:
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:

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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