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Wild Journals Weekend 1S22

Age Group: 
Teens, Adults

Using a store-bought hardbound sketchbook, you will learn several processes for creating a dramatic journal you can use for writing, collecting, collaging, or whatever suits your taste. Learn techniques for painting and surface design along with new ways to create windows and flaps for your one-of-a-kind journal. By the end of the weekend, you will leave with a book well-in-process and many new techniques for continuing your journal through to completion.

Limit 8 students


Learn more about the instructor and project samples:



Susan's prep, demos, and sharing of resources (books, materials, her expertise) is remarkable.  Susan packs a lot into this two-day workshop! 

Susan Porter

Susan Porter

Susan Porter began to combine book making and journal writing as a staff member of Boston Children’s Museum in the 1970's. Her colorful, multi-dimensional art journals blur boundaries between collage, printmaking and book arts. In recent years, she taught these hybrid forms to adults, teens and children through Cooperative Artists Institute and The Peace Drum Project – and now at the Eliot School.

Her books have been shown widely at libraries, through Beyond the Book exhibitions and at Hamill Gallery. She holds a BS in Education from Boston College, with additional study at Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Montserrat College of Art and Fine Arts Work Center (Provincetown).

“I love every minute in my studio, but teaching brings a different kind of reward. There is nothing like seeing that look of wonder cover a student’s face when they realize they have created something of beauty.”

book arts
Materials to bring to class:

Canson or ProArt hardbound sketchbook

favorite drawing tools (eg. Markers, colored pencils, pastels, Sharpies, etc.)

glue sticks


pencil & ruler

Olfa or Xacto blade

Cutting mat or sheet of thick cardboard