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Journaling: Sketches in the Wild


Sunday, April 30   12 Noon - 5:00 PM

Instructor: Justina Smith.

The best way to keep a travel sketchbook is:

  1. get a sketchbook
  2. go somewhere and draw while you are there

Anywhere. Your backyard, the cafe where you have your morning coffee, the breakfast table in full view of the dishes you didn’t do the night before, the light streaming in from the open tent flap of your campsite, your favourite place to walk your dog, or on the beach while you’re vacationing someplace fancy and warmer than it is here in April. This class will (hopefully) inspire you to make marks and record your observations wherever you are. It’s a great way to keep track of where you’ve been & what you did while you were there, and to share with your friends when you get back. We’ll talk about what to take with you when making travel sketches, page layout, making marks with pen & watercolour, adding photos or other paraphernalia from your trip, and then send you on your way eager to draw all of the things you see and fill that journal.

Participants receive a 20% discount on these supplies.

Mixed media sketchbook (handy size, e.g., 6x8”, 8x10”)

Watercolour paints, your choice of colours

Waterproof pen for drawing, favourite size or multiple sizes

(e.g., Micron, Staedtler, Faber-Castell)

*Please bring a maximum of 5 photos of a favourite place you’ve been, landscape, building or both

Optional supplies:     Pencil & eraser (if you would prefer to sketch in pencil and go over it in pen

You may wish to bring suitable art clothes (e.g., apron), notepad, snack, drink.

About the Instructor:  Justina is a self-taught artist based in Edmonton. She paints primarily in acrylic, enhancing the visual appeal of her work with the addition of paper and acrylic ink. She likes to explore Canada, take photos, and use those photos as reference material for her paintings. She is also an inveterate journal-keeper. Sketches in the Wild is her sketchbook hashtag on Instagram when she posts her drawings while out adventuring. Visit Justina’s website: