Expressive Art Journaling: My first Online Class!

Animal As Metaphor: Expressive Art Journaling online class

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In this class we will create an art journal spread based on the live class I have taught as an art educator and art therapist.  I am also a professional painter so I love to add layers of paint, pencils, collage, and found imagery to my journals.

You will learn how to use animals as metaphors for storytelling. Many cultures have animal totems, spirit animals, power animals.  In art therapy I have learned that archetypal animals that we relate to helps us tell our stories through symbols and metaphors.  So I have created this online art journal class all about this work.

The wonderful aspect of online classes is that if you don’t have time to go to a live class you can take a class on your own schedule and also pause the videos and rewind if you need!

Video classes are a game changer for artists!  For the student to see the artist working with an application of paint, and other tools is way more interactive than reading a lesson.

Of course here you have both videos and PDF files to keep.  This course is only 20 dollars with life time access.

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Here is the link!

http://lauraknapikbohn.teachable.com/?preview=logged_out

 

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Painting Pleasing Backgrounds

Greetings Everyone,

As a professional artist, art educator, and art therapist I truly enjoy facilitating expressive art journaling workshops.

Even if I only have a few minutes to be creative on a busy day, I can play around in my art journal.

I have created my first follow along free video on painting backgrounds.

It is only one way to use acrylic paint to paint background pages but hope you can open up your mixed media journal and follow along here!

Feel free on giving me any constructive criticism on how to improve videos.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ExEr4Vv_Pl4

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More at  http://www.lauraknapikbohn.com/online-art-classes.html

 

 

Transforming the Collage

As an artist/art therapist creating art as wellness workshops, I research art therapy directives with a basis in mindfulness based art therapy. For this directive, I was to transform a portrait that was either a part of the self, archetype, loved one, or simply a character that relates to meaning in my own life.  I of course, worked on my own before I facilitated the workshop for others.

I started with deep breathing and relaxation, I have learned to relax and focus while choosing images to work with as we do in the workshops.  When I found this image of a girl in National Geographic, she was supposedly a generated representation of a future young lady of mixed ethnic heritage as the norm in America.  I thought she was stunningly beautiful and it reminded me of the beauty that comes out of two people loving each other from different backgrounds. It also reminded me of all the prejudices some of my friends went through when they were involved in relationships that were not accepted by others and they resulted in beautiful children who were trying to find their place in the world. And so I just wanted to transform those prejudices into something beautiful into acceptance and love.

While working, on this piece, I let it evolve naturally. I used paint, printed images, and words to transform this piece.  I started painting on the image for fun and the results were simply from playing with paint.

The words in the finished work are from Maya Angelou who eloquently states…

“I can be change by what happens to me but I refuse to be reduced by it”

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Believe in the Creativity of Your Soul

Expressive Art Journaling

Background Pages and then what?

Hi artists!

As some of you know I have been facilitating expressive art journaling classes for awhile now.

Self expression is what it is all about in art journaling.  So, what about all those fun background pages we have created with by playing with paint?

Yes, painting background  is a wonderful way to get rid of the blank page and have fun intuitively creating color combination, movement, swirls, stamps, stencils, you name it!

And, so with some pages we have to wait patiently for the right images and/or words to go with it.  And then some pages maybe no clue?

How bout one word?  One image?  If you have no trouble at all filling your pages with images and words that give purpose and meaning your page and your intent, then keep going!  When you just don’t feel like an image can fit try writing one word.

In my case I wrote believe on the right page and sing on the other. And then I just let those words sit for awhile.

Reflect, wait until the next words come.  We don’t have to strain for it.  There will be more words if necessary.

Try your handwriting or printing in pencil first and then simply use a pen/marker on top.

Stamping or stenciling letters is another choice.

Believe!  After reflection I will write what comes next. Perhaps it will say

believe in the creativity of your soul…..

Here is the link to my next expressive art journaling class as community outreach at

Atlantic Center for the Arts

Harris House

in New Smyrna Beach, Florida

 

Feel free to comment or share about your journaling experiences.