Friday, June 3, 2011

Art Journals for Busy People, June 25th at the PNA

A journal can be many things: a record of daily events, a history of one’s life, even a place to work through complex thoughts and feelings. While many people like the concept of keeping a journal, staring down at a blank page can be intimidating. What should I write? Where do I start? Tina Koyama is leading a workshop at the PNA (Art Journals for Busy People) that will help answer these questions and provide a variety of creative methods and approaches to journaling.

Koyama’s workshop offers ideas for individuals who want to keep a journal but may not feel that they have the time. She teaches techniques that will enable participants to begin, and maintain, a journal in just 20-30 minutes a day. Koyama says an art journal can be, “anything you want it to be – a daily record of your life; a travel journal; a sketchbook that also contains your writing; your creative writing illustrated with drawings, collage or paintings; a modern-day scrapbook of mementoes and memories.”

Art Journals for Busy People will introduce several journaling techniques. Participants will have a chance to engage in some fast and fun writing exercises and experiment with different art media and collage. Participants can expect to leave this innovative workshop with:

  • Several pages started in their journals
  • Instructions for making a personalize journal cover (see photos below)
  • A handout of ideas for both art and writing
  • Inspiration from samples of Koyama’s personal journals
  • A bibliography of books for further research
  • Ideas for future journal work

Tina Koyama has been teaching a variety of arts classes in the Seattle area for approximately seven years. She has a Master’s Degree in creative writing and a certificate in fiber arts from the University of Washington Extension Program. For more information, please see her website at

This course will be held Saturday, June 25, 10 am - 4:30 pm. It will cost $55 for PNA members and $65 for the general public. Call 206.783.2244 to register, and come be inspired!

Sample journal cover

Sample journal cover

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