New flickr group to share studio art journal page spreads

studio art journal group  screen shotI have a little news as I  have set up a new Studio art journals flickr group for people interested in studio art journals. So spread the word!

The group is for anyone who uses studio/visual/art journal sketchbook format. All the back slashes in the last sentence is because there are lots of types of visual journals and I would like to be inclusive rather than trying blocking out people because they don’t fit into some predefined idea of what a visual journal is. I figure if you work in a notebook and what is done is visual it’s ok to post to the group.

The idea is to create a supportive environment  to share page spreads. We can use the discussion area on flikr to chat about the process of journalling, art supplies, creativity etc.


Why is Art important?

What is Art for?
Have you ever felt afraid to ask What is Art for? Or felt you might be considered stupid for asking the question?

In this great, short, no nonsense video Alain de Botton proposes five things that explain why Art matters

Free online Drawing and Photography courses offered by Open2Study

Readers will be interested in this free course run by the Open2Study which is part of Open Universities Australia.
The Art of Drawing and Painting starts on 2 June 2014. I have heaps on my plate at the moment but I could not resist enrolling.

It looks like it covers fundamentals of colour theory, touches on perspective and the hands on is balanced with a touch of art history.

This is blurb from the Open2Study site where you can sign up (it’s free),  and the you tube promo

“Through discussions and visual demonstrations, you will learn how art has been expressed through history, the basics of colour theory, and how to draw and paint flat images and perspectives. Further, you will be able to understand the principles and styles of assimilating visual compositions. You will produce paintings and collages influenced by famous school of arts and painters such as Pointillism, Cubism, De Stijl, Surrealism, and Constructivism. This course is open to everyone who wants to try. It will provoke your sense of creativity and allow you to express yourself in a way that fits within your skill level.”

Also for those who carry a camera everywhere they go there is a free Photography course which is run out of RMIT University. It also starts tomorrow and Jerry has signed up for that one!

Once again this is the class description from the Open2Study site where you can sign up (it’s free) and the You Tube promo.

“You will learn about photography as a visual art practice, and how this can help you to become an engaging and active photographer. You will explore the work and concepts of contemporary photographic artists, which may trigger a new interest in what you photograph. In addition to this, you will also learn some of the practical skills required to further explore photography in exciting and creative ways. Finally, we look at the idea of a “digital darkroom” and explore ways that you can further your interest in photography through post-production knowledge and techniques.”

If you are interested in seeing what else is on offer in the Open2Study free courses visit this page 

Paulus Berensohn’s handmade journals

I want to share a video from Soul’s Kitchen about Paulus Berensohn who hand makes his journals and then offers some advice on filling them.

Soul’s Kitchen from TOTM Film on Vimeo.

I really appreciated his attitude as Paulus Berensohn refers to his journals not so much as a diary but “as portable studio – a place where you can hang out” As the camera looks over his shoulder I like what I see of his journals, because I sense they are real. He fills his pages spreads with writing, photos, newspaper cuttings, and drawings and anything that feeds his creativity. Paulus Berensohn has been keeping a journal since he was a young man, his journals obviously hold great meaning for him.

In sharing this video I dug around to discover a second on Youtube where Paulus Berensohn talks about “Why we create”. It is only a couple of minutes long but I love his conclusion.

Email subscribers click on the heading of my post and it will take you to the website where you can view the videos. Its worth it I promise!