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Keeping a Visual Journal

  • Still Life Studio 82 Elm St. Portland United States (map)
Keeping a Visual Journal

Registration fee includes most supplies, tea and snacks.

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Keeping a Visual Journal with Ingrid Ellison

Sat & Sun April 27th & 28th, 10am-3pm both days

In this two day workshop participants will be introduced to a variety of materials and processes both traditional and unconventional for capturing daily inspiration on a painted page. Whatever the motivation behind keeping a journal, I hope you will find some new tools and techniques to start you on your way.

  • Artist, poet, gardener, chef, this class is suitable for any creative soul.

  • For painters especially, participants may find prompts and exercises in color, value and composition that can help to enhance the jump to a bigger playing field- more finished work- when you return to your own studio practice. 

From the Instructor: I absolutely love my journals, I always say they are the first thing I would grab in a fire. Over the past few years they have become a way for me to record my life in pictures, symbols, and thoughts. I use mine for both painting and writing. Sometimes they just contain lists, sometimes I draw or paint from life. This is the place where I work out ideas for bigger paintings and projects, where I record what inspires me and where I stick things I don't want to lose. 

Material List for Participant: A journal or sketchbook of your size and shape preference. Paper should be suitable for both wet and dry media. Bring a bag lunch or plan to run into town.

Material List Provided by Instructor: While participants are welcome to bring their own materials, all basic materials will be provided for the class. Snacks and coffee/tea will be provided.

Minimum Participants: 5, Maximum Participants: 10. (Minimum met).

Ingrid Ellison is a painter and arts educator working in oil, mixed media and printmaking. She has a passion for sharing what she does with a greater community and makes connections with students both school aged and adult. Follow her on Instagram at @paintinginthebarn and online at

Visiting from out of town? We have a few hotel recommendations on our FAQ page, and please contact us with any questions about travel.

all images © Ingrid Ellison