Visual journals are created in a secret language of symbols. Intentional
or not, they are private maps that only their makers can follow.
The visual journal is one of the most powerful mediums of creative practice. Integrating visual images with the written word, these journals can take many forms and be filled with a range of content from drawings, sketches, and collages to paintings, ephemera, and found or written text, all of which allow the journal’s creator to express and consider the thoughts and details of his/her daily life or a specific project or topic.
Think of the visual journal as being an invitation to explore—a repository for your ideas through which you can create your secret language, record your research, develop your theories, design your future, and observe your inner and outer worlds.
Offered in two intensive sessions—each with its own rhythm of learning, conversation, teamwork, and feedback—this course will introduce you to an array of media and content possibilities as well as the work of visual-journaling masters, past and present. And because practice is most essential to developing any new skill, much of the course will involve hands-on practice.
Note: This course includes pre-class preparation and assignments between sessions.
Recommended: Jennifer New, Drawing from Life: The Journal as Art (Princeton Architectural Press, 2005) and Danny McGregory, An Illustrated Life: Drawing Inspiration from the Private Sketchbooks of Artists, Illustrators and Designers (How Books, 2008).
Virajita Singh, assistant vice provost, Office of Equity and Diversity; senior research fellow and adjunct assistant professor, College of Design, University of Minnesota, began her artistic journey while studying architecture in India and the U.S. Passionate about fostering creativity in people of all ages, Singh is a volunteer guide in the Arts of China, Japan, and Korea galleries at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.