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Visual Journaling Dreamshop

June 16, 2010

”Visual journaling is a creative way to express and record life’s experiences, feelings, emotional reactions, or our inner world – visually and verbally. Essentially, visual journaling can become a potential key to the artmaking process.”

Michael Bell, Celebrity Artist

This summer take an adventure into your imagination with visual journaling.  With visual journaling you can mix color, symbols and images into exciting  journal pages that offer a world of intrigue whether you’re a teen looking for adventure or a more mature soul wanting a fresh perspective.

If you’re an experienced journal writer or artist, you’ll find visual journaling prompts new insights into your art and deepens your perspective.

In this fun two- hour introduction, you’ll experiment with simple art techniques like watercolor, collage and doodling that add interest and layers of meaning to your journal pages.

Who:     Adventurers of all ages and skill levels.

What:    Introductory Visual Journaling Workshop
When:   Friday, June 25th Noon- 3pm

Where:  Lassen Library, 1618 Main Street, Susanville
Cost:     Free.  A $10 tax-deductible donation is appreciated.

Some supplies will be furnished but participants are encouraged to bring a few art supplies, old magazines or photocopies.

Instructor: Gemma Benton is a writer and mixed-media artist who has kept a visual journal for many years.  She believes that creativity is the answer to life’s ailments and offers live and virtual workshops.

“Visual journaling is like a taproot into my creativity. Most of us are visual people. We think in pictures and symbols first, then we fill in with language. By starting my writing visually, I access deeper meaning earlier in my creative process than I would by just writing things out. The combination is magical.” Gemma writes.

This “Dreamshop” is the introductory workshop of the “Art Heals” series sponsored by Artfully AWARE, an international nonprofit organization based in New York. Artfully AWARE uses art to empower, educate and enrich people’s lives and has conducted similar workshops in New York, Florida and Uganda. Recently Artfully AWARE’s Executive Director, Hilary Wallis, visited the Gulf Oil Spill in Louisiana to photograph the environment and document community reaction in preparation for an art advocacy series to be shown throughout the Gulf Coast areas of Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia and Florida.

Artfully AWARE uses the arts as an important tool for social improvement and recovery of persons who have experienced traumatic events, disabilities or living conditions.

Participants in this “Visual Journal Dreamshop” will create a journal page which will be submitted for publication into the “Art Heals” book which will feature art from Artfully AWARE communities around the world. Participation in the “Dreamshop” is free, however entries to the “Art Heals” book require a $10 tax-deductible donation to Artfully AWARE.

For more information about this workshop, future workshops and Artfully AWARE please contact Gemma Benton at or call 916-538-4366.

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