Monday, March 20, 2023

Powerhouse to Host Image Journaling Class

A former university journal student shares her completed book.
A former university journal student shares her completed book.

Artist Constance Pierce is teaching a new class at the Powerhouse Community Arts Center this fall. The Image Journaling course welcomes artists of any skill level, including beginners. Pierce says the process of journal writing and image-making come together in an image journal, with healing qualities for the artist making it. Part soul work, part storytelling, the process encourages images to surface from memory and imagination. Prior participants have re-ignited a creative spark and unleashed new avenues of self-expression, Pierce says.
“For others, the class has assisted in navigating a life transition, visualizing memoir, preserving family history, or honoring self-care after illness or loss,” she says. “Seasoned artists and writers very often discover new concepts, images, and stories to explore, but art novices are welcome.”
The class will be held at the Powerhouse on Monday evenings in five sessions, September 22 through October 20 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. A journal and many specialty supplies are provided, and no prior art experience is needed. The fee for all five classes is $350.
Pierce, a professor of drawing and painting, wanted to create a class that would be accessible not only to artists, but others as well. “I developed a particular approach to offering guided explorations in monoprint, watercolor, collage, visually expressed text and hand-altered photos,” she explains. “Participants engage in the media experiments and their emerging images and symbols prompt the journal writings in surprising ways. Over the years, I’ve offered image journaling for artists, writers, and counselors, as well as for university faculty and students in theology, art therapy, medicine, and education.
Pierce was formerly an art professor at St. Bonaventure University in New York state and recently retired to Oxford.
For more information on the course, click here.

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