My new class, "Art Journaling 103: Composition and Color Techniques for Art Journalers" is ready for sign-ups! And, if you sign up by Oct 12th (eeks, that's tomorrow!), you get a 20% discount.
Why study composition and color? Art journaling has no rules, right?
I firmly believe there’s value and beauty in every art journal page. Every. Single. One.
But…knowing the rules allows you to put an extra “oomph” into your work. It allows you to manipulate your composition to enhance meaning, it allows you to make conscious decisions about your art. The rules put you in total control…you can follow them, manipulate them, combine them, or even break them. Henri Matisse said, “Composition is the art of arranging in a decorative manner the diverse elements at the painter’s command to express his feelings.” Knowing the rules can actually make you more expressive…and isn’t an art journal all about personal expression?
When you understand design principles, you have power over them…power to arrange them, power to twist them, power to make them do what you want to convey your meaning and intent.
The concept for this workshop came out of the classroom…out of teaching art journaling to students and watching their successes and their frustrations. This class is not a comprehensive review of all design principles. Instead, we explore the main principles of composition that apply to making art journal pages. It’s a true exploration, too…we experiment with the principles, twist them, have fun with them.
Each lesson in this class will explore a composition concept, and it will teach an art technique. Why? Because it’s always fun to have a new art technique to play with. Sometimes a new art technique can keep you busy in your journal for weeks.
This class is for you if you:
- Feel like exploring.
- Want to learn some new art techniques to add to your repertoire.
- Want to understand how composition principles affect what you create.
- Just want an excuse to paint.
You can work in your current journal, or you can get one just for this class. We’ll be making lots of pages. Lots.
Join me? :)