A Creative Resolution

December 1st is almost here…leaving one very short and busy month until the end of the year! Maybe now, before you have to think about everybody else and have no time for yourself, it’s a good time to think about making one resolution for 2006…a creative resolution that will be easy to keep and rewarding to do…How about signing up for an Art Journaling Class?

I highly recommend Shimelle’s Online Art Journal class. I took this class the last time it was offered and I LOVED it. I was nervous to participate at first, but after the first week of participating, I was hooked.

What is an Art Journaling Class?

UK Scrapbook extraordinare, Shimelle, explains it best: It doesn’t matter if you already love to write or want to write more often or really don’t want to write much at all. And it doesn’t matter if your loves as an artist take the form of paint, collage, sketching or doodling. It’s not about preconceived notions or one perfect end product. It’s about keeping a book for the next twenty weeks, making at least one entry each week. That’s pretty much the deal.”

How does an Online Art Journal class work?
Every Sunday, Shimelle sends out an email prompt, i.e., topic to journal about. For example, I created “The Art of Running Downhill” (above) from a prompt titled “Small Discoveries”; you can look at a sample prompt I’ve scanned here. After completing your art journal page, you can load it onto the class website, written down. Again…there’s no pressure to do so, but I have found that Shimelle attracts a wonderfully, supportive community that gives genuine and useful feedback. Take a look at some of the pages from the last class; note the variety of journaling styles and read how positive the comments are.

The next class starts in January and runs for 20 weeks…and you can sign up online at Shimelle’s site. Participate as much as you want, as much as you have time for…there’s NO pressure…just a chance to experiment and play, get to know yourself a little better AND make some new friends. That’s a pretty easy resolution to make, isn’t it?

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4 Responses to A Creative Resolution

  1. Levi says:

    This art journal was my “summer project” that I still have to finish. I’d say that I’m 95% done however and want to finish. It’s been extremely fun and something that I looked forward to working on each week. I would print Shimmelle’s email topic and take it w/me to softball games, I remember having so many ideas and being outside I had lots of inspiration around me to journal about.

  2. Kimberly says:

    That sounds totoally cool! I didn’t even know that something like this was even offered online! That is so my kind of thing…with three kiddo’s to tend to, it’s often hard to leave home to do classes! Love this idea…and THANK YOU for sharing! :) Honestly…I would like to take a doodling class from YOU! :)))

    PS…stalking the mailman…I should be getting your book any day! YAY! :)

  3. Angie Pedersen says:

    Great minds…I just blogged about joining Shimelle’s “Journal Your Christmas” class: http://burl.fergcorp.com/angiepedersen.typepad/95180

    And Michelle just blogged about Shimelle’s classes here: http://burl.fergcorp.com/scrapability.squarespace/efe87

    Shimelle’s getting quite the cyber-stalking group going! ;)

  4. Jennifer says:

    Your running page is so AWESOME – just might have to do this art journal thing. Thanks for the info.