Journals & Fountain Pens: Online Classes

Journals & Fountain Pens: 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 online classes. Non-artists are welcome!

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

  • Art, nature, and/or reflective journals with techniques and encouragement to paint, draw, collage, and write (handwritten or typed, printed and pasted into the journal.)
  • Fountain pens that make everyday writing a creative experience.

Register for 2021 Online Classes:

If you want to journal, there are two class options. New sessions will be scheduled soon!

Art and Nature Journals

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Art making can help you deal with stress and disruption while we all get through these challenging times. To help cope, please join us by creating an art journal. Explore ways to document, reflect and imagine life at this moment by journaling! We’ll use our imaginations and observations of our local environments and the natural world.

Three interactive online sessions will include drawing and painting techniques using watercolor pencils, collage and papercrafts. You’ll get new project ideas for your journals, writing and drawing prompts, and detailed handouts you can use to continue learning after the class ends. Sessions will also be recorded for viewing at your convenience. In between sessions, we will exchange ideas and share work via email and shared folders.

Mindful Expression

 

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Journaling offers an opportunity to think and reflect, observe and document. In difficult and fast-changing times, journaling gives us a way to be mindful of the present moment, make sense of what is going on—or take a little escape from it all! In this class we will learn and use both written and artistic journaling styles. During three Zoom meetings you will see examples and learn new techniques. We’ll share ideas and work in progress. Between classes you can use daily prompts as a jumping-off point for your own interpretation, and respond using words and/or pictures. No experience or artistic skills are needed.

Art Journal Supply List

Suggested supplies include:

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

If you are in Boulder, you can purchase a supply kit directly from me, contact me to arrange a pick-up. You can order supplies from this Dick Blick wishlist, or order them from this Amazon list. 

Hands-On Fountain Pens
Class now enrolling for April 9 through Two Hands Paperie. Register here.
Note: Fountain pen and samples of pen-friendly paper are included in the registration fee for this class.

 

 

 

 

All classes feature:

  • Interactive online sessions: I’ll offer instruction, project ideas, 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.
  • Exchange and support: Meet class members and view each other’s work in a friendly, non-critical environment. Multi-session classes include a group email list with shared resources, examples, and prompts.
  • Detailed handouts: How-to guides for use during and after the class.
  • Supplies: If you have art supplies, you can use them creatively! However, please make sure you have the essential supplies. See lists below. If you are local to Boulder, CO you can visit Two Hands Paperie. If you order supplies online, keep in mind delivery times are also slower than usual.

 

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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.

 

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Host the Virtual Book Tour!

Host the Virtual Book Tour!

We need to be able to get things done with other people, whether close at hand or across boundaries of distance and culture.  Learning to Collaborate, Collaborating to Learn is a practical guide for educators at all levels, in any discipline, who want to design courses or workshops, projects or assignments, to intentionally develop skills essential to collaboration – while teaching content.

 

As a tour host you are responsible for:

  • Selecting the webinar topic from two available options:
    • Design for Collaborative Learning
    • Facilitate Collaborative Learning
  • Coordinating and scheduling the event with me. We can use your platform or my Zoom.
  • Confirming attendance of at least 10 educators, curriculum or instructional designers.
  • Sharing suggested resources and readings with attendees
  • Attending the webinar and participating in the discussion.

Ask about book discounts!

Contact me to discuss event options!

6 + 15 =

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Posts & Resources: Online Portfolio

Posts & Resources: Online Portfolio

Janet at SAGE

This online portfolio includes links to recent posts and articles, as well as instructional resources for my books.

Academic Writing and Publishing
15 Tips for engaging conference presentations
Academic Writing for Social Good 
Academic Writing: Counting Words of Meaning?

Academic Writing with Pen in Hand
Academic ≠ Boring: Presenting Your Research
But Does it Work? New Text on Evaluation to the Rescue!
Collaboration in Academic Research and Publication (Series on SAGE MethodSpace)
Co-authoring & writing collaboration: Planning strategies for success
Communicate visually to engage readers!

Editors’ Roles: Relating to Contributors
Editors’ Roles: Selecting Chapters 
Envisioning an Edited Book
Focus Series Autumn 2018
From Dissertation to Book: An Author Interview
From solo to global: AcWriMo
Honesty and Originality in Academic Writing
Open Access Scholarly Journals: Real and Fake
Proposing an Edited Book
Real Research in a Fake News World 
Reflect and Reboot
Research for Good: Ethics & Leadership
Research for Social Good: Whose Voice? Research for Social Good (series on SAGE MethodSpace)
Reimagining Ancillary Materials for Texts and Academic Books
Research > Publication > Impact (You Might Need a Strategy for That)
Revive Old Writing Project, or Let It Die?
What is a “holistic publication strategy”?
Write with Purpose, Publish for Impact (series on SAGE MethodSpace)
Writing in tribute: Don’t wait for the eulogy!

Critical and Creative Thinking
Critical and Creative Thinking (series on SAGE MethodSpace)
Covert Research & Consent: Winning Paper (Interview) 
Ethics Resources on SAGE Research Methods

Emerging Research Methods
Autoethnography Stretches Out
Case Studies: What Types Get Published?
Diary Methods
Getting Started: More Online Qualitative Research Design Basics 
Lessons from Popular Ethnographies
Lessons from Popular Case Studies

Listening to the Sounds of Research 
Online Research: Holistic Thinking and Qualitative Design Seeing and Hearing the Problem: Using Video in Qualitative Research
Qualitative Research in 2017

Teaching Research Methods
A Case for Teaching Methods
Cases in Online Interview Research: Companion Study Site
Creating a Culture of Inquiry in the Classroom
Online Collaboration & Learning: Highlights from e/merge Africa Festival
Pedagogy of book and chapter organization
Pedagogy of the book and chapter questions

Research to Learn with Class Projects 
Research Online: Companion Study Site
Qualitative Online Interviews:
Companion Study Site
Scholarship & Exchange: e/merge Africa
Using Inquiry Models to Learn How to Ask Questions Doing Qualitative

Ethics and Education
Giving Voice to Values in the Classroom

Social Commentary
A Social Scientist Looks at the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Academic writers tackle social issues
Bullying: Bad for People, Bad for Scholarship
Can writers be social online?
More Than a Headline: Scholarship on Today’s Hot-Button Issues
Re-Activate: Why Are We Marching?
Social Media or Social Web? (Part of a special issue: Social Science & Social Futures: Fast Scholarship, Emerging Technologies & the Future of Inquiry)
This MLK Day Go Beyond the Soundbite

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Doing Qualitative Research Online: Hit refresh on your methods course!

Doing Qualitative Research Online: Hit refresh on your methods course!

Thinking about a qualitative research methods course update for the digital age? Doing Qualitative Research Online covers ethical and theoretical foundations, as well as a wide range of approaches to collect or generate data. In addition to finding appropriate extant data, the book encourages researchers to explore ways to elicit data online through interviews or focus groups, or to use enacted methods such as arts-based and experiential methods.

See the SAGE Publications companion site for instructional ideas including a sample syllabus, assignments, media, and (open access) articles.

From an instructor’s blog: “Everyone in the class liked the text.  It is well organized, informative, and clearly written.  There are great charts and tables throughout that illustrate the points being made, and students appreciated this component.”

 

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