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Creative Journey Art Journal Course 2018

Does the idea of starting an art journal make the butterflies in your stomach flutter with excitement...and you a bit nervous, because as much as you'd like to, you don't know where to begin or how to keep going? 

This 12-week course will help you ease into this wonderfully intuitive and relaxing creative habit, where anything is possible and nothing can go wrong. :)

No special skills or talents needed - if you can write your name on a piece of paper, you're good to go!

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Everyone on this wait list gets this course for €49.50 - that's 4 weeks for free!

A great thing about art journalling is that there aren't any rules, musts or shoulds - anything goes, and nothing can go wrong!

Even if you haven't done any drawing or painting since kindergarten, you'll find it very easy to follow this course, and learn a lot of creative techniques by-the-by.

The tools and materials I suggest (and use myself for journalling) are very basic and readily available if you (or your kids) haven't got them anyway. I will upload or link to how-tos and examples, including how to make art journals and junk books.

...Talking about kids: Although this course itself is designed for adults, most techniques are so simple and fun that you can do them with children, perhaps with a bit of assistance depending on their age. (See also the FAQ at the end of this page.)

Creating space for our dreams and desires

Art Journalling is about showing ourselves some love by regularly creating time and space to connect with our Creative Self or Muse, our Intuition, our Inner Teacher.

These parts of our Self are still around, but at least since we started going to school, we're usually so busy on the mental plane (aka thinking about, worrying, scheduling, analysing) that our ability to perceive these more subtle impulses has seemingly disappeared. For so long we've been told what to think and how to feel...now it's time to get back in touch with ourselves, our true desires, our imagination and creativity, and to reclaim our power as loving and loveable beings. :)

For many professional artists and crafters, their art journal or sketchbook is like a trusted companion: one that listens patiently, one that is not concerned with the outcome, one that doesn't care the slightest about the quality or saleability of the work. It's where we are free to be as we are, without constraints or limitations. By giving ourselves this outlet we honour ourselves and declare that we're important as we are, and without identifying with our "products".

But whether we craft or make art for a living or are simply looking for a way to bring more creative joy into our life, Art Journals or Junk Books are (not only in my mind) the most liberating way for rediscovering and strengthening this non-linear, non-verbal, intuitive and practical communication with our inner selves. It's a dialogue without prejudice, criticism or judgment, without telling our Muse (or ourself) to shut up, without the need to "think about", without having to try to "get things right" and without any fear about "getting it wrong". 

Words, quotes, affirmations or other texts often appear on journal pages, but it's the physical, daily activity of playfully arranging colours, textures, lines, and shapes that generates a sense of balance, harmony and well-being which carries over into the rest of the day as well.

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Key concepts and structure

The main concepts and the structure of this brand-new 12-week Creative Journey Art Journaling Course are inspired by Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way, which was a great help to me after a major artist's block some years ago.

Apart from using this basic frame work, though, the approach and content are my own; this course is not a visual spin-off, but something completely different.

Key concepts:

  • Being relaxed and creative is our natural state, but as we "grow up and get busy" we also grow so out of touch with our natural self that we treat instances of relaxation and creativity as something special.
  • Growth, imagination, playfulness, creativity, and breathing are interactive aspects or expressions of one and the same: Life Energy.
  • By integrating intuitive creative activities into our daily schedule, we open a portal for communicating with those invisible aspects. What we pay attention to, we get more of.
  • Immediate and tangible benefits are ease of mind and feeling more balanced. The more we learn to "let go and let be" when creating, the more we feel energised, more joyful, and at peace. This beautiful feeling is not limited to our creative time-outs, but has a positive, harmonising affect on all other aspects of our life and how we deal with them.

Structure:

Daily half-hour journaling sessions are the foundation; they help us build this new habit and make it part of our routine. Weekly two-hour dates with our Creative Self open us up to whatever inspiration might be waiting for us outside our little box. And the check-in at the end of the week gives us an opportunity to review, become consciously aware of shifts and changes, and acknowledge the progress we have made.

Each week you get a different prompt for exploration - which you can use if you like or ignore if you don't (see the Table of Contents below) - and a set of worksheets. These worksheets help you to track your progress and develop consistency, but also to generate images from these rather abstract word prompts, and to record ideas, inspiration, insights and other observations that might come up.

I start each week off with an introduction and by showing you what I have come up with (yes, I'm doing this course too, just a bit ahead of you). Then I either demonstrate or link to two or three creative techniques which you might like to try. They are very easy to do and only require very simple materials and tools, so even if you don't think of yourself as "creative" or "arty", you can get started right away.

Table of Contents

Hello :)
Hi and welcome!
About this course
Creative Journey chat & support group (for participants only)
Warming Up
What is an art journal about?
Creating space
Dating your Muse
Journals, signatures, backgrounds, elements, ephemera...???
Materials & tools
Week 1 - Rediscovering Safety
Introduction, worksheets & examples
video
Creative techniques of the week (Basics)
video
Weekly check-in
Week 2 - Rediscovering Identity
Introduction, worksheets & examples
video
Creative techniques of the week (Basics)
video
Weekly check-in
Week 3 - Rediscovering Power
Introduction, worksheets & examples
video

Testimonials

  • Beyond teaching you creative techniques, Maria teaches you to get back to yourself, to become the real creative self you are, to let your soul express its creativity. And this is worth whatever course you could get with her!

    — Valerie Bader
  • Maria was wonderful at teaching me how to paint with watercolour. I was already painting with friends but her lessons gave structure and understanding. Maria is very patient and always open to new ideas.

    — Alexandria Painter
  • Thank you so much for your help, it gives me some great ideas and tools to process. I want this to be right and while I like my previous drawings (they are part of my learning experience) I know that there is better and so I am working on learning as I go.

    — Naomi McClelland-Handsaker
  • I already know a few things that need to be changed in the picture but I would really love your professional opinion. […] That is why I want the professional critique so I will know what to work on and practice so when I do it again I will do a much better job. Thank you so much for all of your help. [and later] Thank you so much! […] I have been coloring and drawing and painting my whole life and I have always criticized myself and put down everything I do and everything I complete. It is the biggest thing that has always held me back from having an art career which is my dream and my biggest fear.

    — Katie Johnson

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I have access to the course?

Forever! Once you've enrolled and paid, you'll have access to the course material for as long as you need, and you can go through it as often as you want.

Is this course suitable for children?

Yes and no. In my opinion, teenagers - their interest provided! - can well understand and follow the concepts of this course and benefit as much as adults. Minimum age for participants is 13, with parental consent. I'm also offering a discount for a double ticket so you and your child can participate both (see below). Younger children would have lots of fun with the creative part, but would require parental guidance and adaptation of the weekly topics (or different, more suitable topics), as well as supervision when crafting.

I want to do this course together with someone else/in a private group. Do you give a discount?

Yes. You can register together with another person, provided there is one payment. In this case you will receive a discount of 20% (2 x 75€ = 150€, minus 20% = 120€ for a double ticket). For details on this, or for facilitated group courses, send me an email: maria@courseshaper.com

Are gift vouchers available? I'd like to give this course as a gift.

Yes, if you want to gift this course, email me for details: maria@courseshaper.com

Do I have to pay extra for access to the private Creative Journey chat & support group?

No, access is included, and for participants only. Once you signed in, you'll get the link to the group (on MeWe). This chat & support group on MeWe is an additional, free service that I offer. If you don't want to join, you can still post your questions any time in the comments to the lessons here, where I will answer them.

What if I'm unhappy with my purchase?

Well, I would be sad. But if you're really unhappy with the course, just email me within one week after registering to get a full refund.

I still have a question, how can I contact you?

I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have. Send me an email at maria@courseshaper.com.

I'm not really interested in these prompts, I only want to learn how to make an art journal. Do you offer a course just for that?

If you don't feel happy with these prompts here, you're welcome to ignore them. What remains is a course in how to make an art journal. :) Else, email me at maria@courseshaper.com and tell me what you'd like to see, learn, or do.

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Everyone on this wait list gets this course for €49.50 - that's 4 weeks for free!

Not ready to commit?

Maybe you DO want to get into creating more often, or perhaps you DO like the idea of keeping an art journal, but you're not ready to commit to a 12-week journey?

I feel with you.

If you just want to have some fun creating - whether that's arts or crafts or writing or music or... - and are looking for people to share & chat with, I'd like to invite you to join me and many others in my free Creative Roundabout group on MeWe.

Hope to see you there!