Hello everyone! I hope you are doing well and able to enjoy some sunshine.
Since around mid-April I started hosting free online Art Journaling classes every Sunday. It was something I felt I needed to do as we were all in the midst of strict social distancing rules. I suddenly stopped seeing my family, friends, co-workers, and my students to help prevent the spread of Covid-19. I wanted a safe space to still see everyone and thought why not make it an art event?
Working on my journal helped to quiet my mind and relieve some stress. So I started learning about how to host and run live online art lessons on journaling. On April 19th I hosted the first FREE “Art Journal with a local artist” drop-in Zoom session. It was a starter lesson where I talked about what an art journal means to me. How to make one with minimal materials (if you don’t have one), and how to start when you don’t know where to start!
Fast-forward to present time, I’ve had over 10 art journaling sessions and over half featured amazing lessons from local guest artists/teachers! We’ve had a range of 15 – 30 participants sign up each week! Including students across Canada, as well as international participants! I sometimes forget to sit back and actually look at what things I’ve lived and experienced, so I decided I should blog and record what we have learned!
So here is what each week has been like since April 19th!
April 19th, 2020: Lesson on Art journaling and creating backgrounds. Artist/Instructor: Maya Hum
April 26th, 2020: Lesson on Colour. Art prompt: Mood. Instructor: Maya Hum
July 5th, 2020: Lesson on Narrative Collage. Guest Artist/Instructor: Kristina Corre
May 10th, 2020: Special lesson for Mother’s day on no glue/sew book binding and decorative paper making. Instructor: Maya Hum
May 17th, 2020: Lesson Blackout Poetry. Guest Artist/Instructor: Barbara Kowalski
May 25th, 2020: Lesson on Collage. Guest Artist/Instructor: Sabine Modder
May 31st, 2020: Lesson on simple 1-page book making. Prompt: “What’s your story.” Guest Artist/Instructor: Katie Argyle
June 7th, 2020: Lesson on Landscape and Mindfulness Painting. Artist/Instructor: Maya Hum
June 14th, 2020: Lesson on accordion book making and collaborative art. Guest Artist/Instructor: Deidre Hierlihy
June 21st, 2020: Lesson on 3 easy ways to paint trees. Artist/Instructor: Maya Hum
June 28th, 2020: Lesson on Faces. Guest Artist/Instructor: Dawn Dale