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CityArts LIVE: Art Journaling

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CityArts LIVE Presents: Art Journaling with Jolie Spelman Art & More

ART JOURNALING WORKSHOPS Series One: Foundations and Backgrounds

During these workshops, you will be immersed in an art journaling experience. Instructor, Jolie Spelman holds the space and guides participants to create and imagine through poetry and paint. Following her unique art journaling style participants will have the opportunity to explore their creativity and imagination. Spelman uses guided meditations, inspirational quotes and poems, writing prompts, image making suggestions and other exercises to unleash your creativity.

In-person at CityArts: $25 per class, $80 for whole series
Online: $15 per class, $40 for whole series

*materials not included

DATES & TIMES: Each workshop occurs from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Lesson 1 (June 20) Watercolor and lines Lesson 2 (June 27) Brayers and Scraped Acrylic Lesson 3 (July 11) Stamps – homemade, found and store bought Lesson 4 (July 18) Stencils Homemade, found and store bought LOCATION: Hybrid in-person at CityArts (limited capacity) and online MATERIALS NEEDED:

  • Sketchbook with Mixed Media Paper no less than 98lb (Canson Mix Media 7 x 10)
  • Watercolor set of at least 8 colors
  • Acrylics: Magenta, Yellow and Cyan Black and White
  • Brushes: General use brushes – synthetic 10 round, 6 round and 2 Liner or thin
  • Waterproof Markers: Sharpie Ultra Fine or Micron Fine or like
  • Water based Markers:  Crayola/Rose Brand set of 8-12
  • Water cup Paper towels

“An art journal is something between a diary hidden under the mattress not to be seen by anyone and a painting hanging in a gallery to be seen by everyone.  It makes no distinctions between artists and non-artists.  It places me in one line with humanity, not inferior, nor superior, but as a woman who writes and paints in a book, not more and not less.”
Orly Avineri, One Artist Journal, 2012 What is Art Journaling?

Art Journaling is the process of keeping a regular record, usually in book form, of events, musings, thoughts, dreams (awake or asleep) and expressions of your life in images as well as in words.

The purpose behind art journaling is no different than in regular journaling: processing current issues whether joyful or sad, greater self-awareness and insight, fulfillment and self-expression. In sum, art journaling is a way of connecting with those deeper parts of your Self.

More than just writing or making art, art journaling can be a great path towards opening up to being more creative in a way that feels safe and contained.  Happening in the pages of your journal and being done for yourself, you can truly work in way that allows for the emergence of all of that which makes you, YOU.

Who should try Art Journaling?

  • If you are trying to find more fulfilling ways to express yourself than just plain journaling, art journaling is a nice change.
  • If you feel intimidated by the whiteness of a page, art journaling is a safe place to start.
  • If you are trying to find your true voice, art journaling can be your guide.
  • If you’ve been wanting to be more creative, art journaling can help jump start your creativity.

Art Journaling includes and combines the use of a variety of art supplies and art-making methods such as collage, watercolors, acrylics, stamps, etc. No need to have any prior experience. Just be willing to experiment and try it out!