Keeping a visual journal is a way of record keeping to engage with your artistic self on an informal basis while nurturing your creative spirit on a daily basis. In this journaling course, you will be encouraged and inspired to get your artistic ideas out of your head and into a beautiful book. Each class will explore various means of expression by introducing new techniques to define your sense of color, line, texture, image and text. Processes covered will include transfers and simple block-printing, gelatin-printing, collage, and the use of various wet and dry media. While honing these skills, you can be sure to enhance your art making possibilities. In between meetings, you will be supplied with materials, ideas, and journaling prompts to continue at your own pace. Sharing our work as the course evolves will help to inspire and support each other on our artistic paths. Whether you are a beginning or seasoned painter, gardener, chef, or thinker, this class is for you.
Instructor Ingrid Ellison’s art studies began with a BS from Skidmore College and an MFA from American University. She spent a year learning printmaking at Il Bisonte in Florence, Italy, and later spent a month in residence at the Vermont Studio Center. Built in layers, her work is informed by elements of nature, both from the surrounding environment and from the microscopic world. Since moving to Maine in 2007, Ingrid’s exhibits include the CMCA 2008 Biennial and First Traces Exhibit, the 2010 I-95 Triennial at University of Maine, Bangor, and various group shows in mid-coast galleries.
Class size: open to 12 students
Cost: $127 members, $155 nonmembers (includes a $15 materials fee)
Location: Gamble Education Center
Materials: list provided upon registration. Participants should bring their own blank sketchbook (one that can take wet and dry media) to class on the first day.