Ladybug drawings by ZimraAt Red Bow I have a class focused on jump-starting inspiration called "Art Journaling". Each week a different project is presented and then each participant executes it in the way they see fit. I try to keep each project fairly mysterious until class time, so that people don't think about what they are going to do before hand- I like to keep the work spontaneous so that it leave more room for experimentation.
Fireflies by FranLast Tuesday I asked people to bring an object that means something to them; something they liked. When they arrived at the studio the contents of the collage boxes were strewn about the tables and I asked people to pick out ten pieces of paper about 5"x5" in size. Participants picked out wallpaper scraps, tissue paper, old calendar pages, children's book pages, and many other paper items. Once everyone had their own pile of paper, we began to draw our objects with pens, pencils, charcoal, and other drawing media.
The focus of this project was to practice our drawing skills through repetition and to see how different writing media translates on different types of paper.
It was another wonderful workshop with chatting and decompressing after a long workday. If you would like to read more about art journaling classes, you can read more at Fran's blog, We Three 3.
Bears by Patricia