Saturday, January 20th
10 am - 4 pm
SAALM Semmes Studio
Creative Expression through Mixed Media Art Journaling
Melissa Grace Young will lead a fast paced workshop intended to cover a number of techniques aimed at getting you started on expressive art journaling. Use words/quotes that hold meaning for you, and images you feel drawn to- including an image of yourself as a child to represent a time when your artistic expression was naturally unleashed.
We’ll jump start a spontaneous approach to the blank page with spray stains to help unblock any timid creators. Then come collage elements, drawing exercises designed to help loosen you up, and experiments with masking techniques and creative lettering. Lots of hands on experience with different mediums- markers, pencils, inks, and brush techniques- allow you to discover your favorite ones
This art journaling workshop should inspire you to continue to develop your own original style, and continue your creative journey into 2024.
$125 for SAALM Members plus $10 supply fee (bring to class)
$135 fir Non-members plus $10 supply fee (bring to class)
10 student limit
You need to bring one watercolor journal (instructor uses Moleskine 5.5" x 8", landscape orientation)
Start the new year off right by investing some time for yourself in creative expression!
ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR, MELISSA GRACE:
“I was born a maker. Artistic expression began for me with scissors and crayons and paste and paints. None of those creations remain, but the spark ignited then burns on. I create because I must, for peace of mind, for my sanity really. And as I must, I’ve found ways to make art a big part of my life.
For the last twenty years, I’m drawn to figure and portrait sketching and painting, particularly the female form. And especially the divine female form, the madonna, with halos and hands and flaming hearts, and yes even crowns. I find myself creating madonnas of vivid colors and unbalanced facial features and body parts; so few things in life are perfect, and yet they can be perfectly beautiful.
These days I fill journals with images of everyday wonders, and transcendent figures with extraordinary vision and strength. I’m teaching art journaling with the same passion that I approach my art- with wild abandon and sacred reverence for all things creative. I believe we are all born to create, that we are all part of this ongoing creation story. I love teaching techniques that explore spontaneous approaches to the page. The joy in creative expression happens when we leave behind preconceived notions of what our art should be like, and let the element of surprise and magic guide us.”