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Art Journaling – drawing from life

August 17, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm EDT

Keeping an Art or Visual Journal is a wonderful way to support your art practice or simply settle a busy mind and relieve stress

All you really need to begin is paper and a pen/pencil.

We will meet weekly to learn about and develop ways in which we can inhabit our journals, making them places of refuge, play, and discovery.

Seed ideas and prompts will be given each week, which we will ponder, expand on, and experiment with.

Whether we’re sketching, writing, doodling, or collaging…. you will find that you’re expressing yourself in your own way and finding those things that resonate with you.

And… doing this in community can be super inspiring and supportive.



Dates & Topics

Wednesday, July 13: Stepping into your Journal & Helpful Trackers

Wednesday, July 20: Patterns & ‘In Praise of Hands’

* No Class: July 27, August 3, August 10

Wednesday, August 17: Drawing & Urban Sketching

Wednesday, August 24: Fonts & Playing with Words

Wednesday, August 31: Nature Journaling

Wednesday, September 7: Archetypes & Artist Postcards

Wednesday, September 14: Artful Lists & Continuing the Story (image)

Wednesday, September 21: Mind Mapping & Timelines

Wednesday, September 28: Making our own Stamps & Tracing and Writing


Registration is required through Eventbrite.

Please register for each date that you plan to attend. This will ensure that you receive particular information and recording of that class.

If you are coming to the Library, in person, please contact Gianna and let her know to reserve a space for you.

Contact Gianna at gbird@minlib.net if you have any questions.



If you’re joining us at the Library, we’ve got any supplies that you’ll need. Feel free to bring any special images or papers that you want to play with.

If you’re joining us on Zoom, below is the general Supply List.


Supply List:

Really, all you need is some paper and a pen or pencil!

As you venture further into your practice you might want to have.

  • notebook/sketchbook/binder for loose pages
  • a variety of pens & markers
  • Watercolors (pans, pencils, or crayons) / Acrylic paints
  • paint brush/water brush
  • container for water & paper towels
  • tape or glue sticks
  • washi tape
  • wax paper
  • scissors
  • An expired Gift Card or Credit Card
  • collage materials (magazines, copies of your own photos…) Royalty Free images can be found online and printed from Pixabay, Unsplash, Pexels, etc. Other great resources are: Smithsonian Image Gallery https://library.si.edu/image-gallery and Cornell University’s Macaulay Library for wildlife images https://www.macaulaylibrary.org/


August 17, 2022
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm EDT
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Dedham, MA 02026 United States
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