Details on my March 2010 class.
Above: Samples of the long-stitch wrapped-cover, supported-spine journal we will make in this class. The actual book we will make is the sample on the far right: the square one which is about 8 inches square. Cover paper selection will vary depending on availability at the time of class, but there will be a selection. These samples show other topics of discussion: using embossed paper for a cover, collage decoration for a cover, and painting paper (the small journal in the front).
It's not too early to think of spring, March 27, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to be exact.
That's the date of my next book arts class: Urban Journaling at MCBA.
There comes a time in every book artist's life when she needs a book quickly! But it has to be elegant, sturdy, and practical—i.e., filled with luscious art paper for working on in mixed media.
In my Urban Journaling class I'm not only going to teach you how to make such a book, we are then going to go off to the Mall of America for some actual, real-life urban journaling!
We will begin our day by making a 4-signature, longstitch book with a reinforced spine and soft-wrapped cover. Text
pages will be acid-free art paper perfect for all sketching media (including watercolor and gouache). You'll learn how to tear paper and prepare your signatures. We'll discuss paper choices for making art journals. Students will have the option of decorating their cover papers with paints and inks and we will also discuss more labor intensive decoration strategies such as collage for independent exploration outside of class.
Next, students will learn observational and journaling techniques
through discussion, demonstration, and examples from the instructor’s
journals. I'll break down some strategies for sketching in public that will build your comfort level regardless of your sketching abilities.
After a lunch break the class will reconvene for an afternoon of sketching and journaling at the Mall of
America. People, objects, architecture, conversations, behavior—it will
all fall under our scrutiny. And we will absorb every bit of it. Students will experience sketching in
public with a group and so gain confidence for solo sketching in the future.
All artistic and bookmaking skill levels are welcome in this class. The supply fee covers everything you need to make this archival book. The fee also includes one of my preferred sketching pens so you'll have the perfect implement for your afternoon drawing adventure. If you already work in colored pencil, watercolor, or another media, feel free to bring additional supplies to the class for your afternoon work. Registered students will receive a "packing light" handout to guide their choices. I will focus on using pens, but depending on student interest will also demonstrate working with the Niji Waterbrush and watercolor.
If you have been sitting on the fence, wanting to make your own books but are afraid of glue; or if you have been eager to sketch in public but feel naked doing so; then you need to join me for this class.
The cost of this one-day class is $95 ($85 for MCBA Members) plus a $20 supply fee.
If you would like to read the class blurb go to the MCBA adult workshops page and scroll down to the March classes where you'll find Urban Journaling. You can click there to register, or call MCBA at 612-215-2520. Plan your spring book arts adventure now!