I find that art-making gives me the chance to observe the world around me and reflect. I offer participatory classes through community organizations and art stores that give artists, non-artists, and would-be artists, a chance to be creative. Learn more from these short media pieces. Questions? Interested in hosting a workshop? Contact me at jsalmons[at]vision2lead.com.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Suhita and Shari Blaukopf both work in sketchbooks but have styles that would translate well to a postcard. They capture in their paintings the places they live and travel in a way that tells a story about the season, place and moment in time.
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.