I have been doing Gay Kraeger’s Watercolor Sketching & Journaling online workshop. This is offered free as part of the Strathmore Artist online workshops series. It has been a great series of lessons that are very practical
The Strathmore Artist workshops consist of four video lessons and pdf files that contain notes. They are self-paced which is the way I have been treating them. You can You participate when you want. If you have a busy life I think a guilt free method of developing skills is needed. However, if you do the workshops during the workshop period, the teachers are do respond to questions – not all as classes are large but then it is also a free resource so I think expecting too much from a teacher is unreasonable. That said, students can share their work and chat in the workshop gallery.
Why am I telling you about this now as it is about to finish? I have just noticed this little announcement on the website …
“Instructors participate in classroom discussions the first 4 weeks after the workshop opens. Although Gay will no longer be posting and interacting in this workshop, you can continue to join and participate in this workshop through December 31, 2014.”
So you have until the end of the year to take part in a very good series of lessons.
In order to participate in online workshops you need to create a student account and then log in to view the videos.
I notice the December 31st close off point applies to all three workshops. The the Strathmore Artist online workshops series are all free so you have nothing to lose. In fact I think there is always something to learn and discover and I certainly picked up some good tips!
Oh and I am not affiliated in anyway or receive a commission for this post.
I 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.
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.
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I thought today I would share a few Journal page spreads. When I first open up a new sketchbook I often do these small mixed media collage pieces. Although I love the fresh new paper and the anticipation of a new sketchbook it always feel just a little bit alien as I have yet to use it. As I use a book, as it acquires a history it becomes a comfortable space to experiment in. Usually until I am part the way into a sketchbook I don’t really feel at ease with it. So most of these pages are an attempt to personalise something that feels to new.
My notebooks are a mix of sketchbooks purchased at art supply stores, usually hard bound. Other notebooks I have put together myself a mix of papers and had them spiral wire bound at the local print shop. Some I have hand bound myself. Other sketchbooks are Moleskines but I stopped using them after I felt the quality dropped a few years ago when they started to bind them in China.
I use both A4 and A5 sized sketchbooks depending upon my mood. I also write in them a as you would a regular journal but instead of looking inwards which I find a bit boring, I like to treat my journal more like a note book and record such things as what I encounter in my day, news of the day, books I read, wildlife seen on my morning walk, developments in technology etc . Recently after many years using digital media to create imagery I have returned to simple pencil and paper. I am currently trying to get past being very rusty with my drawing skills.