Holy Art Journaling Batman!

I am on a roll!

In September I decided to go back to school to get my Bachelors Degree in Adult Education at one of the local Universities. It was a thoughtful choice not made lightly, in response to the local employment dilemma of an “employers market”. In an employers market, employers can ask potential candidates for the moon…and they do! They are asking that people who answer phones for a living to have a business admin degree, and because of the competition, they get it. This phenomenon has actually changed the face of Adult Education as we know it.

My Career Counselling Diploma and Teaching and Training Adults certificate is not longer ENOUGH education to work in my field. So falling in line with the new philosophies of “life long learning”, I thought it was in my best interest, while in transition, to get my behind back into a learning environment – tout suite! (what was I thinking!?)

One of the projects of the first semester – Foundations of Adult Education, is to keep a weekly learning Journal. So here’s me thinking…

Why not make it an art journal?…So…I did!

Here are some of the first journal entries I completed. No one said the journal should be boring.Adult Education Learning journal inside cover and first page – Heather Gailey Sept. 2012

I dubbed my journal “The Art of Reflection”. I think it is very fitting. The Glossary of Terms is something we have to complete each session. We have to write words that come up that we want to capture for future usage.

Adult Education Learning journal #1, 2nd page – Heather Gailey Sept. 2012

Sorry can’t post the adjoining page to this as it is kinda personal. I think you can get the drift about the topic though. I wrote all about the “ins” and “outs” of using “Buzz” words in our daily language. It was the “ah ha” moment for me during the first session. The only thing I don’t like about this spread is that the photocopy of the girl became discoloured when I put water-based varnish over it.

Liberalism – Heather Gailey 2012

This last journal page depicts a philosophy of teaching called liberalism. Instead of writing about it we had to draw it. That of course made me happy, because then I am in my element. Explanation and Information taken from this website

What are some of the main philosophies in the field of Adult Education?

Prepared by Tamar Kagan and Alfred Meidow, OISE/UT

According to Sue M. Scott, there are five main philosophies of Adult Education. The five philosophies are Liberal, Progressive, Behaviourist, Humanist, and Radical.

Liberal (Arts) Adult Education

To develop, stimulate, and discipline the mind through the study of principles and absolutes
To seek knowledge for its own sake in order to gain a ‘well-rounded’ perspective of the world
Learner seeks knowledge over his/her lifetime
Teacher is the expert
Knowledge is transmitted from the teacher (e.g., through lectures)
Teacher challenges students to absorb information and think about it critically
Evaluation takes place through essays, critical analysis, and discussion
Methods used include lectures, reading and critical analysis, question-and-answer, teacher-led discussion, individual study, essay testing, and ‘bell-curve’ grading
Important contributors to this philosophy: Aristotle, Plato, Rousseau, Piaget, Hutchins, Adler, Houle, and Hirsch.

My philosophy of Adult Education is generally Humanist with a bit of Radical and Progressive thrown in for good measure. Here is the explanation from the same site.

Humanistic Adult Education

To enhance personal growth and development
To allow the learner to be involved in knowledge construction and ‘meaning making’
To cultivate the self
Learner is motivated and directs the learning process
Teacher is a mediator who balances the different learning styles and goals of students
Teacher supports the individual in realizing his/her potential
Evaluation takes place by examining the extent to which people learn about themselves in relation to the subject matter
Methods used include experiential learning, discovery learning, open discussion, individual projects, collaborative learning, independent study, self-assessment, popular education, personal growth and development programs, and assertiveness training
Important contributors to this philosophy: Rogers, Maslow, Knowles, Tough, Mezirow, Stanage

Ok…enough pontificating and picture loading for one evening…have to go and hem some pants for work tomorrow. Nite nite!

Inspiration Friday

I can’t believe that it is Friday already! The days of the week are just floating by and before you know it we will be enjoying an official Thanksgiving Turkey and pumpkin pie (in Canada).

I have been on the look out this week for an artsy inspiration to share with you and I have managed to find a couple. The great thing is as artists, we can look to anything for our inspiration. Anything that life has to offer. Some people get inspiration from music. Some get inspired after eating a fabulous meal, some get inspiration from their natural surroundings, and some people find inspiration through spending time with others.

This Friday I will try to post one thing for each possible inspiration

Artist Inspiration

And this one

Musical Inspiration

Food Inspiration

Emmy Cooks

Have an inspirational weekend!

It’s not nice to fool…Mother Nature!

Mother Nature has graced us with some wacky weather in the last few days and weeks. One day it is so hot you can’t breathe and the next day we begin to gather the troops to look for wood to re construct the Ark 2012! Yesterday She let us know that fall is just around the corner with a gift of a chilly morning and evening.

So, in honour of Mother Nature I have pulled a paint and pass from the files that I worked on a year or so ago just for your art journal viewing pleasure. Enjoy!

Mother Nature

Painting the family

Well I am finally finished my entry in Leila’s journal. As I mentioned on another page, it was very hard to be the person to complete the first page. It was a lot of pressure to pick a great topic and make an excellent piece of art. These skinny pen people have shown up in my own day-to-day art journal on a number of occasions and I thought…why not bring them to life again in this entry.

The theme of Leila’s journal was Dreams and Treasures. The first thing that came to mind when deciding what my entry would be is that I am dreaming of a happy blended family. It was the first thing that popped into my mind and therefore I thought I would go with it. If anyone else out there reading this has a blended family, they will know that this wish or dream is sometimes elusive. None the less I am wishing that the dream will come true for us some day.

The pen and ink drawing depicts myself on the right with my two children and my partner on the left with his two. I realized afterwards that none of us seem to be particularly happy. I guess this is our reality at the moment. Some days are better than others of course.

I used my fine sharpie marker to outline my pencil drawings and then used water-colour crayons to fill in the figures. After colouring the individual blocks in I went over the pencil with water and added some acrylic wash to those areas that I wanted the colours to be more vibrant. I am not sure why I filled the background up with bubbles. They are filled in with a clear acrylic shimmer paint which does not register well in the scan unfortunately. All I can think of is that I LOVE blowing bubbles – even at my age.

Oh yes! I should say that I framed up the drawing with a border that was meant to suggest a wooden picture frame. It is not realistic looking because it was meant to be just a suggestion of a frame. I still have to write what my dream is somewhere on the picture frame element. Maybe in the form of a metal plate like you might find on some pictures at the bottom. I am going to try to finally mail it off tomorrow as I have been holding onto it for a bit too long. Must keep the journal pass flowing. Must! must! must!