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.

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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.

Drawing from Creation – To Be Rescheduled

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The Bible begins with creation.  We are most familiar with the majestic narratives of Genesis 1 and 2.  Creation is presented in a variety of viewpoints within the Hebrew Scriptures. It is further developed in the New Testament through the teachings of Jesus and in the book of Revelation.

In this weekend retreat we will explore the Bible’s rich witness. We will begin with Genesis 1 and 2.  Then individuals will select from other passages such as: Psalm 8, Psalm 104, Job 28, Proverbs 8, Isaiah 40, Matthew 6 and Revelation 21 and 22.  Participants will learn a new way to study scripture and will draw insights to our place in the world.

One way to deepen our understanding of Creation is to make a journal recording our personal responses in art and writing to our study of the texts.  Nancy Macgregor, a Madison artist and instructor, will help each participant distil their thoughts and experiences into simple pictures and words.  This way all will have a continuing memory, visual and written, of what has been learned.  This is possible for all, artists and non-artists alike.