For ages now, I’ve been meaning to write a blog post about a presentation I went to on visual journals at the last NAEA convention. The presentation was given by the fabulous Kit Grauer (professor of art education at UBC and my student teaching supervisor). She provided a really useful list of visual journal-related websites. These are some of them:
This project is: “an ongoing collaborative experiment attempting to follow 1000 journals throughout their travels. The goal is to provide a method for interaction and shared creativity among friends and strangers." The website provides images of journal pages and covers by people participating in the project. There’s also a book out about the 1000 journals project.
Kit provided a great suggestion for using this website for teaching, as part of a visual journaling project. She asks her students to find pages from the site that they like, to print them off and glue them into their own journals, and to then do their next 3 entries in the same style as the pages they found. She also asks them to deconstruct, in their journals, what it is that they like about the pages that they chose.
Although this website is a bit confusing to navigate, it provides a pretty comprehensive listing of sketchbook pages that can be found online by a range of different artists, including William Kentridge, Marc Chagall, and Edward Hopper. If you’re patient, you can sift through this site and find some gems.
This website documents one artist’s process of keeping a daily art journal. Other artists get involved with the project from month to month (also keeping daily art journals), and she suggests weekly projects to inspire people’s journaling. Links to participating artists’ websites and blogs where they document their own journaling processes can be found on this site. It’s a cool project.
And for the sake of brevity, here are links to other online visual journal resources:
A big thanks to Kit for compiling and sharing all of these resources!