Sketchbook

You are the artist of your own life

As we move together from 2020 into 2021, massive changes and adjustments are still in process, both personally and politically. The pandemic persists, as does social and economic struggle. Perhaps some things have become simpler for you this year while others have become more complex. It is a chaotic time, but in moments of disarray, our own creativity can be both a grounding anchor and a beacon of light.

Dates

CURRENT CYCLE
All sessions at 4pm PST/7pm EST

Sunday, March 21 (Spring Equinox)
Sunday, April 11
Sunday, May 2 (Beltane/High Spring)
Sunday, May 23
Sunday, June 6
Sunday, June 20 (Summer Solstice)
Summer Dates Coming Soon

Logistics

All sessions will be held on Zoom. You can leave your camera on or off, ask questions or just follow along on your own. All sessions will be recorded and made available in case you miss any.

*Photo by Julia Joppien on Unsplash

The Concept

Sketchbook is a series of guided mini-workshops to keep your creative energy flowing with the seasons. Creative practices are not only healing and rewarding in and of themselves; they also train the mind to explore, see possibilities, solve problems, and make discoveries. Your sketchbook is a journal, a doodle pad, a release valve, a confessional.

Where are you ready to let go?

Each 1-hour session takes you through a sequence of accessible writing and drawing prompts to help you reflect, release, play, and imagine. Themes follow the nature calendar in the Northern Hemisphere, beginning with the internal darkness of the Winter Solstice, symbolic of the feminine and of pure potential. Meeting every 2-3 weeks, we move toward the freshness of the Spring Equinox and all the way to the Summer Solstice, the moment of brightest expansion and symbolic of the masculine, before gradually receding into Fall and Winter again.

Where are you ready to grow?

After each session you’ll receive summary notes and a recording in case you have to miss any. One beautiful thing about a sketchbook is that you can move backward and forward through time. It is not a linear journey but a spiraling one, sometimes revisiting and developing older pages, sometimes leaping boldly into the open field of a new page.

MATERIALS

  • A sketchbook or journal with blank pages, any size
  • Everyday pen or pencil
  • Some combination of thick and thin crayons, colored pencils, ink pens/markers, paint pens/markers, and/or oil pastels
  • For some sessions, you may be asked to bring specific items such as different size bottle caps, cups, and jar lids or paper/magazine clippings, needle and thread, tape, or glue.

*If you plan to use any kind of paint, make sure you choose a sketchbook made with thicker paper designated for watercolor or wet media.

REGISTRATION
Sketchbook runs in cycles of six sessions, and you can join at the “turning” of each one, where the end of one cycle is literally the beginning of the next one. These turnings fall on or near the four major nature ceremonies of the year (Winter Solstice, Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice, and Fall Equinox). Dates are listed in the left column.

Pricing is $99 per cycle. Student/artist discounts are available. To join the waiting list for the next cycle, please write to Sharna.

Sketchbook Sample

Questions about Sketchbook?

If you have any questions, please write to Sharna.