New Classes for Spring

Ready to take a class this spring? Here are my classes in Tucson and Paradise Valley. (And don’t forget Madeline Island in July!)

Monsoon Papers. (While these classes are for Paper Works members, a year’s membership will cost you just $35.)

Date: Saturday, January 26 10am – 4pm
Location: U Of A Modular Classroom
4101 N. Campbell Avenue  Tucson, AZ  85719
Cost: $100 plus Material Fee $5
Originally created in our monsoon storms, this wild surface decoration technique is fail-proof. Pieces of paper transformed with inks and gilding into dark, rich colors or bright, intense ones. It’s messy and unpredictable, so leave your controlling urges at the door—and be surprised at how the paper develops! Use your papers for folders, book projects, constructions, collage.

I’ll be teaching three classes at Paradise Valley (AZ) Community College.

March 9, 2013
9 a.m. to noon
Art Journaling for Perfectionists, class number 220116
Details and Registration on this page:
Started a dozen journals but never finished any of them? Love the idea of journaling but never get the results you want? Most people have a gap between their ideal journal and their ability to make it happen. Perfectionists suffer from this more than others. In this class you’ll make several pages using different techniques for both writing and design, and create a journal using only your favorite pages.  Review the materials list.

35mm slide mount journal

35mm slide mount journal

April 6, 2013,
9 a.m. to noon
One-Sentence Journaling, class number 220117
Details and Registration on this page:
Six-word autobiographies are hugely popular right now. Take this fun trend and turn it into a gift for yourself or for someone else. Instead of a big sheet, we’ll use slide mounts to create a 2 x 2 accordion-fold journal using acrylic paint, decorative tape, rubber stamps, and colored gel pens. You’ll learn the writing technique, try out several ideas, and make at least two journals. Review the materials list.

April 13, 2013, 9 a.m. to noon
Poetry, Lost and Found, class number 220118
Details and Registration on this page:
Found poetry is the collection of beautiful, meaningful words you find hidden in a printed page. Without you, this poetry would be lost to the casual reader. Surprise yourself with the simplicity and satisfaction of the technique and delight your friends with handmade cards of found poetry. First you’ll play with technique, then learn how to make cards that can be sent or framed for gifts. Review the materials list.

And don’t forget the great art retreat for this summer:

77July 22-26, Madeline Island, Wisconsin
Magic and Metaphor: Mixed Media Conversations With Your Inner Critric.

An amazing art retreat in Lake Superior that covers deep writing and intuitive art. What will you do for five days? Join a class of creative explorers and confront your inner critic.

Full Description: Your inner critic squawks about lack and attack while you chase it out of your studio. It always returns, and you lose deep creative time patrolling the edges of your consciousness to keep the inner critic at bay.

Through deep journaling and intuitive art, this class will help you develop inner advocates with strengths and powers to challenge the inner critic to a real conversation. Maybe the inner critic has a point that’s useful. Maybe not. Now you’ll know.

Classroom and accommodations at Madeline Island. Hold your space for $85 now.

Classroom and accommodations at Madeline Island. Hold your space for $85 now.

You will develop a series of cards with art on one side and writing on the other. The cards can be used for brainstorming, creative discussions, idea selection and swaps. You’ll use guided visualization, deep journaling, appreciative inquiry, and spontaneous association for writing and bricollage, ink-as-paint, resist techniques, and found poetry as artwork.

You will also make Monsoon Papers, my technique for surface decoration on sheets of paper to use as folders and envelopes for your cards.

No art experience is necessary. Journaling experience is helpful, but not required.

Cost: $425 for five days. Update: Here is the information on lodging and meals:  Shared lodging is $80/night, private is $120/night.  Meals (that’s breakfast and lunch) are $125 for the week.  Dinner is on your own—a  wonderful opportunity to experience the sights and sounds of Madeline.

Register online  or Contact: Jenna J. Erickson, Director of Programs
Madeline Island School of the Arts
978 Middle Road,  La Pointe, WI 54850