Drawing Towards the Earth: Making Journals for Life
With S. Portico Bowman
July 12 - 16, 2020
Learn how to draw and work with natural earth elements inspired by nature. Some of the mediums we will encounter include graphite, charcoal, and red ocher. These natural mediums lend themselves to our innate calling to create.
Everyone can draw, we just need to tap into the creative frame of mind and know how to look. Hollyhock’s garden and surroundings will inspire design, inform creative direction, and be the source of papermaking materials.
Inspired by multidisciplinary artist Paulus Berensohn (1933-2017), we will make coptic stitch Arcadia Playhouse journals and Bargello tapestry bookmarks. By designing within your own finite coptic stitch journal, it will become a template to record your infinite “inscape”, creating within your own creation. The Bargello tapestry stitch is a process that lends itself to contemplation through intricacy and detail.
Drawing, making, touching, marking, and stitching represent the activities we will do; they also highlight the beauty of interconnectivity. The creative pace will be contemplative, meditative and introspective.
Most, if not all, of the activities will be done outside.
I’ll always remember time spent with you as both challenging and rewarding. Thank you for being such a lovely person and inspirational model. You have taught me how to be an artist and an educator. – K. Baldetti
Feature Photo Credits: Coptic Stitch Journal by Madie Fleming. Paper: S. Portico Bowman, The Arcadia Playhouse: Making Journals For Life: Students. Pittsburg State University. Image: S. Portico Bowman
S. Portico Bowman is an artist and writer and Professor of Art at Pittsburg State University. She is currently working on a book based on the life of Paulus Berensohn. The study of Berensohn’s life is a dynamic ground to integrate and accommodate Bowman’s pursuit of a personal arcadia of peace and tranquility. Her first novel Cashmere Comes From Goats is under exclusive review with Turnstone Press. Bowman’s creative practice is grounded in meditation, yoga, chanting and when she’s very courageous, dance. She has taught a variety of art to all ages for over thirty years. She dreams of moving to the…
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