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Journaling Class

September 16, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

RiverArts Education Center
200 A High St.
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
Jim Mahla


Saturdays, September 16 & 23, 2017
9 am - 3 pm
Registration Deadline
September 12, 2017
Member Fee / Non-Member Fee

Sketching your life can be as simple as drawing the little things like a flower, to documenting a once-in-a-lifetime trip.

This workshop with Jim will focus on how to develop a watercolor journal for traveling or simply painting “en Plein air.” He will show you, step by step, through the pen and ink stages and on to laying in transparent watercolor washes in local colors or those of your imagination.
He will show you examples of his sketches from his travels and also other sketchers from around the world. Jim has found watercolor journals to be a great way to capture more images in a short period of time.

Less equipment is definitely an advantage, along with the simplicity of carrying a sketch journal and a few basic materials that travel easy.
Experimentation and personal expression are key elements of Jim’s teaching, yet he works with students to develop fundamentals of drawing skills, use of negative and positive shapes, values and design elements.

Geared toward the novice/beginner and intermediate, whatever your level of experience, Jim will show you how to slow down, to really look at the world around you and capture what you see and feel as you paint.

This session will be fun and a new direction for traditional easel/studio painters.

Class goals:
– To record all the big and little things around you that make you happy.
– To slow down and notice the world around you.
– To remember what you saw and record it with your own hand and heart.
– For the sheer joy of doing it.

Workshop includes basic drawing instruction, color mixing and working with watercolors so you will feel comfortable with the journaling process even if you have never held a brush before!

Weather permitting, the class will go outside to draw.

If the students have their own watercolor painting materials they are welcome to bring them. Many participants, even experienced watercolorists, will not have some materials. Instructor Jim Mahla  will have them available to purchase at the class.

Suggested supplies will be sent once participants register for the class.