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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Sketchbook Project

We went to State Street in Madison to visit the mobile Sketchbook ProjecExhibit.  This is a project that has people, artists and non artists alike make and submit sketchbooks. They take the books submitted each year on a road trip. One can check out a book and get a second random book to view .  They are all filed with a searchable data base.  It was quite fun. I had searched for quilts, so the attendant added to my selection a book made out of cloth.  At the front of the book was this quote in Latin:

latinThis phrase fits the idea of Two Books, that Nature has a kind of design. You can see that design as the result of natural selection, you can dispute if there is any design, or you can see that behind the design is an artist.

I’d like to explore sketchbook making and keeping as a future Two Book Retreats course.  Stay Tuned.

Week 2 at the Tenney Locks

First we thought about this:

…the universe… is before our eyes like a beautiful book in which all creatures, great and small, are as letters to make us ponder the invisible things of God…     (Belgic Confession, Article 2)

Think of a time when you were able to hear the message of the universe and its creatures.  What allowed you at that time to hear that message?

Then we painted…

Making Folio Books for Bridges Class

We are giving out hand-made folio books at the Bridges Class.  These are for use for the observation and  reflection part of the class.  Erin Carlson has been making books for fun and gifts since a middle school project for “Colonial Days”.  These books are made with watercolor paper, which was a bit of a challenge because of its thickness.  The covers are tag board.  We folded, sewed, cut and glued away on a couple of evenings.

This could be in itself a future class on making and keeping a journal.  Stay tuned for that.