Erin and I attended a journal making class in La Crosse on Saturday, October 18. This is designed to integreate art into science instruction. We made one journal out of a cereal box and practiced taking field notes in that one. We drew leaves we found outside and we drew a pigeon feather. Next we made a nicer quality journal with book board and fine paper. It was a great class and the overlap of drawing, and other forms of art, to seeing fit right in what we want to do.
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Our last class was also the first day of Dave’s vacation. So here finally are some pictures from that day.
Our view from the Yahara River at Lake Monona
Dave’s work started
Dave’s work at midway
Nancy at work
Nancy’s travelling kit
While we awaited the start, the weather has gotten dramatic in Madison. A tornado hit one part of town and on the East Side we had a lot of tree damage. Fortunately it was only property damage. This is one of the things we noticed last year in this class – the River is always changing – the trees as they grow, the water flows differently, the light changes. And now there may be some tree movement along our course.
If you forgot to register, well, show up with supplies and a check at Tenney Park Pavilion at 9am!
- Admit it, you could use time to enjoy the out of doors.
- We have a rain plan.
- Mention this class at Lynn‘s of Madison and she will give you a discount on supplies (5928 Odana Rd, Madison, WI 53719)
- Nancy Macgregor is a gifted artist and instructor.
- You don’t need to know anything about painting to join the class.
- You will learn something about observing and keeping a journal.
- Every day it is different along the Yahara.
- There is wildlife to observe there.
- Meet some nice people.
- Bridges are interesting to paint.
contact Dave Carlson at email@example.com to inquire or register. See poster and registration here.
Sunset at the Locks
Morning on Lake Monona
E Washington Bridge
Iron Bridge at Tenney Park
Other side view of Rail Bridge
You may have been asking, how is this class different than last years? Nancy Macgregor and I walked the river a couple of weeks ago and we set the locations for this year’s class sessions. We will mostly be at new locations, including the Locks area on the North end and where the Yahara enters Lake Monona on the South end. If you like water you will like these locations.
I have revised the spiritual part of the class. These reflections will show you how to use the skills of artistic observation for spiritual reflection. We will develop our eyes to see what we often only glance at. We will consider the elements of the environment and what they reveal.
- How abundant is life in our world?
- How is each life suited to its place?
- How do elements such as water and light change, and what do they reveal to our eyes?
We will consider the nature of human interaction with nature –
- In what ways is this interaction mutual?
- Which has the greater impact?
Finally we will tie each of these observations to a scriptural link. That is, how do the two books of revelation complement each other?
At the first class you will be provided with single folio book to record your reflections and observations as we travel along the river for the six weeks of the class.
Join us this June and July along the river.
Two Books Retreats will work with Nancy Macgregor to present the Bridges class again. It will be a six week class on Mondays starting in June. We will select new locations along the Yahara River in Madison. Details to follow soon.
class at work
bridge in progress
two ways to see, brush and smart phone
I’ve been taking a class with Nancy Macgregor on “a bold approach” to watercolor. We have worked on a few assignments. Some has been fun, some frustrating, but all of it an adventure into the worlds of color and composition. Below are some photos. The students will be hanging an exhibit at the Madison Christian Community on Old Sauk Road in Madison – this is a unique location where two congregations share a building. I will be joining the fun as the amatuerist of amateurs.
a free background
carvings and figures
Still life started
Still life, realistic
bold still life
still life study
We have had to change the day from Friday to Thursday this week.
We will meet at the Rutledge Bridge. Parking is available on the street or at Bethany Church.
the trees have leaves now
Ducks like this waterway
Lake Monona is nearby
We had perfect weather to face the challenge of the Jennifer Street Bridge. This is a pedestrian bridge. We encountered pedestrians, fisherman, boats, kayaks, ducks, jumping fish, birds and a muskrat in the water.
Work in progress