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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Watercolor Journaling Workshop - Millsboro

Yesterday, I taught a Watercolor Journaling Workshop at the Millsboro Art League, in Millsboro, DE about a 30 minute drive south of here. I gave a workshop here in October and was delighted when Joyce asked me back to do it again. There were a few faces from the last class and several new ones. In all, there were nine student/artists who came to learn about this fun activity. I always bring lots of show and tell stuff - my journals, how-to books and examples of published journals and the materials I use - travel watercolor kits, pens etc. We spent some time in the classroom talking about it, reviewing materials, I did a demonstration and we put on our hats, grabbed our bags and headed out.

Sketching at St. Mark's

Watercolor Journaling at St. Mark's Episcopal Church and Meditation Gardens

Sketching at the Labrynth

Just two short blocks from the Art League is St. Mark's Episcopal Church built in 1870, the oldest existing house of worship in the Town of Millsboro - but the congregation traces its roots back to 1717 in Dagsboro. The Labyrinth and Meditation Gardens were completed in 2007. The gardens are fashioned after a cross, with the four corners representing the medicine wheel of Native American culture - a white garden in the north, yellow, east; south is red and black (represented in blue) is west. The four natural elements are represented by earth, water (a passive fountain), wind (soothing wind chimes) and fire (3 lamps). The gardens are maintained by volunteers, who were busy working when we arrived and were delighted that we had come and told us all about the labyrinth and the gardens.

The Labyrinth

After a break for lunch we gathered again at the gallery and then headed over to the park for more sketching - this time just in pen so they could have the experience of drawing outside and painting later, from memory and notes.

We returned to the gallery around 2pm to complete the paintings, with me emphasizing the writing they include and the memories they create. I always get such a warm welcome in Millsboro, it's a pleasure to go down there and give this workshop and hope they'll ask me back again!

Back in the gallery/classroom

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