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Free Art Journaling Classes for Local Residents

Once a month art journaling class

  • Wed, Sep 14, 2022Wed, Apr 12, 2023 Tickets

    Free class, but registration is required. Please email us your name, telephone number, and address to or call 715-726-9000.

The Heyde Center for the Arts is pleased to announce a new partnership with artist Lindamerry Udell, visual arts instructor Jennifer Handrick, and art students from the Chippewa Falls High School to offer free art journaling classes to individuals who would like to learn how to draw, paint, and doodle but cannot afford art materials or class fees.

An art journal is the same as a written journal, except that it incorporates colors, images, patterns, and other materials. Some art journals have a lot of writing, while others are purely filled with images. It is a form of self-care AND a way to learn and practice a variety of art techniques.

In addition to health benefits, art journaling gives people a chance to try out new visual art techniques such as drawing, watercolor painting, and doodling with color pencils or color markers – even if they have never taken any art classes in the past. The visual arts keep the mind active and hands nimble. Doodling can be as soothing as mediation. And with a journal, the more you practice, the more you can see a progressive improvement in you ability from the beginning to the end of the journal.

Jennifer Handrick came up with the idea of art journaling and pairing high school art students with people coming in for the class. After an introduction by the instructor, the high school students can provide more individualized support and feedback to people coming to take the class. All the materials will be provided and each person in the class will be able to take home a beginner’s kit so they can continue to practice on their own. Funding to cover the initial cost of the materials is from a grant from the Community Foundation of Chippewa County.

Currently classes will be limited to a maximum of 30 people. Registration will be required for each class to ensure that there are sufficient materials available and on-hand. The first class will begin in mid-September 2022 and continue once a month until April 2023. There are two special art appreciation classes that do not require registration. These classes will be a guided tour through the Annual Spring Art Show with the guides pointing out art techniques, special points of interest, and other unique aspects of the art on display.

The classes will start at 4:00 p.m. and run for one hour. The specific dates and techniques are below:

Sept 14, 2022 - Drawing Basics I

Oct 12, 2022 - Drawing Basics II

Nov 9, 2022 - Color Pencil I

Dec 14, 2022 - Color Pencil II

Jan 11, 2023 - Color Markers and Patterns I (doodling)

Feb 8, 2023 - Color Markers and Patterns II

March 8, 2023 - Watercolor I

April 12, 2023 - Watercolor II

Wed, Apr 19 and Wed Apr 26 - Art Appreciation Tour – learn more about the art on display at the Annual Spring Art Show with Jennifer Handrick and HS Art Students leading the discussion.

These classes are intended for anyone interested in learning more about art journaling and creating art. The classes and materials are free. If someone is able to contribute, donations are appreciated to purchase more materials for new students.