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Workshop: Sketchbook Journaling with instructor Michael Henderson

Saturday, May 2, 2020, 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

An introduction to small-format sketchbook potentials and associated art materials and techniques. Saturday, May 2, 2020, 9:00am to 3:30pm. Gualala Arts Center, Conference Room $75 for GA Members, $90 for non-members. Sign up no later than April 25. Sketchbooks are a necessary part of my creative process, from writing an article to building a website, or planning a drawing, a gift card, and even a pottery design. Getting fresh ideas down on paper quickly converts my imagination into language and visual images that help me organize multiple layers of meaning, work out details, discover and solve problems, all in an effort to turn dreams into realities. While most of my ideas dont launch into the stars, one will occasionally turn into action. It doesnt matter, though; my sketchbooks are more about my journeys than my arrivals. Artist Michael Henderson believes a personal sketchbook journal is simple, useful, fun, rewarding, and life changing. He says it is the essential tool for travelers to celebrate their adventures, artists to build up their skills, and planners to organize their ideas. The act of journaling turns thoughts into visual images and language that not only record the moment, but also build new and a more accessible memory. In this workshop, each participant is provided a large sheet of art paper to make a folded sketchbook. This will create a 36-page sketching and writing platform for the days activities. Since the pages surfaces can be marked with a number of different tools, participants are required to bring only a few items that are reasonably universal (see Minimum Materials List above). Anything additional is also welcome. Through hands-on practice, participants are introduced to the fun and engaging world of the small-format sketchbook. Henderson will present examples throughout the workshop with the assistance of PowerPoint presentations and live demonstrations of various art techniques using both dry and wet media. Subjects include the types of sketchbooks available, their benefits and uses; the how to of various tools; discussion of different approaches to page compositions, sketching practices, and drawing techniques in pen and pencil; as well as the addition of color with water color pencils and water soluble graphite pencils applied using a waterbrush. You grow along with your journaling abilities through engagement; you can only learn to draw by drawing, write by writing, organize by organizing, Henderson says. A handy cellphone-sized or electronic notebook-sized sketchbook makes it possible for everyone to jot down a thought or to quick-sketch an image while out for a run, sitting in the doctors office, riding the bus, waiting in line at the bank, relaxing at a restaurant, or sitting on a bench across from Notre Dame Cathedral. From putting together a grocery list, to jotting down ideas on global peace, no idea is too small or too large to fit on the pages of a sketchbook journal. It is the place to deconstruct complex ideas and reorganize thoughts. Its a place to try out something different, to be daring, to stumble, to reflect, and to change your mind. Trial and error is the working principle, where mistakes are embraced and solutions are never far or few. A form of self-communication, it is not about pleasing or impressing anyone but yourself. It can be formal or informal, neat as a pin or as messy as a teenagers bedroom, private as a diary or as public as a newspaper. Its all up to you. A list of required art materials needed for this class can be found at the following link: Feel free to contact me at Michael Henderson is an artist, traveler, casual writer, and a part-time Sonoma County Parks maintenance worker who has lived on the Mendocino coast since 1977. He has conducted the Back to the Basics drawing workshop at Gualala Arts annually for several years. With Sketchbook

Cost: 75 - 90 USD

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46501 Old State Hwy.
Gualala, CA 95445

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