Get Creative in Boulder this Summer!

Get Creative in Boulder this Summer!

Whether you are an emerging artist or have never picked up a brush, join me for a creative workshop at the Open Studios gallery on the Pearl Street Mall (in the Old Chicago building). Registration will open soon, in the meantime, contact me to put your name on the list: jsalmons[at]vision2lead.com.

 

 

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. Art cards are fun when you are traveling, or any time you want to send a heart-felt greeting. Learn basic watercolor and penmanship techniques that will make your cards stand out in a pile of junk mail!
Class fee: $120
Supply fee: $25
You will use and take home a fountain pen, mobile watercolor palette, brush, and a starter set of art cards
Class time: 3 hours, 1 to 4 pm
Choose from one of the following dates: August 9, or August 10
Minimum enrollment: 6, maximum enrollment: 15
 

Journaling Right and Left

From to-do lists to life observations, journaling can be practical or reflective. We’ll take a holistic view that allows you to use your imaginative right side and practical left side. Nature journaling allows us to sharpen observational skills as we make note of the unfolding changes of the places and seasons in our beautiful world. Memoir journaling helps us capture and consider both current and past life events, as we look toward the future. Art journals give us a place to doodle, sketch, paint as we express ourselves. Planners keep us on track, and moving forward. We’ll explore and try different styles, so you can develop your own mindful approach.
Class fee: $100 for one workshop, $175 for both workshops.
Supply fee: $25 (If you take both workshops, only one art kit will be needed.) You will use and take home an Open Arts art journal, fountain pen, mobile watercolor palette, brush.
Class time: 2.5 hours, 1 to 3:30 pm
Minimum enrollment: 6, maximum enrollment: 15

Choose from the following dates:
  • Nature and Memoir Journaling will be offered July 22, and August 7
  • Art Journaling and Planner Journaling will be offered July 24, and July 31

 


Don’t you need a creative interlude?
My 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!
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.

 

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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