Journal Making Class

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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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Bridges Class starts Monday, June 23

iron.517While 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!

10 Reasons to take The Bridges Class

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  1. Admit it, you could use time to enjoy the out of doors.
  2. We have a rain plan.
  3. Mention this class at Lynns of Madison and she will give you a discount on supplies (5928 Odana Rd, Madison, WI 53719)
  4. Nancy Macgregor is a gifted artist and instructor.
  5. You don’t need to know anything about painting to join the class.
  6. You will learn something about observing and keeping a journal.
  7. Every day it is different along the Yahara.
  8. There is wildlife to observe there.
  9. Meet some nice people.
  10. Bridges are interesting to paint.

contact Dave Carlson at twobookretreats@gmail.com to inquire or register.  See poster and registration here.

What is new with this Bridges Class?

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.