Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Workshop with Orly - Writings on the Wall...

I had the opportunity to participate in Orly's first workshop for the new year and it was another great experience. This workshop was titled "The Writings on the Wall" but it was not like graffiti as we did last year in June...

This workshop explored words and language and the roles they play in our lives. Sometimes the words are pictographs, such as those from the ancient Mayan culture and sometimes the language may be a foreign one that we do not know, which poses the question "How do we communicate if we do not understand the language?" Since many of us in Orly's workshops are artists, we know we can communicate through the language of ART and so we did.

Here are images from my first journal spread for you to decipher the way I speak ART...

From blank page to background in 15 minutes!

Another layer is added...


At this point in the workshop Orly read to us in Hebrew as we followed the text with our eyes. Some of us had heard this language before, some of us had not, some of us could understand her reading, some of us could not. Orly asked us to share what we thought we heard from her reading and some students had 'translated' whole paragraphs. I chose to write my impressions of what she was conveying to us...

Heartfelt * Meaningful * Thoughtful * Connection * Love
Ancient Wisdom * Lessons * Blessings * Caring * Poetry


We each found a way to "understand" what Orly was conveying to us through a different language, though it may not have been a language we were familiar with. Orly then had us choose three words that she read to us and we worked with those words in our journal spread...


We also worked with Mayan pictographs in this journal spread to add a meaningful phrase important to us all who participate in art journaling...though the face I created is my own, not one made by Mayan scribes.

I will be adding more pictograph images to this page and share the meaning soon...

Before too long it was time for lunch which included one of my favorite foods of all time: TAMALES!! I think it's fair to say we all understand the language of FOOD ;)

The tamales were as big as a burrito and packed with tasty goodness =-)

And before too long, we worked through a second journal spread and it was time to go home...

My second journal spread photographed mid-stream - I will share pictures of this spread later in the week...

This workshop was eye-opening and intriguing as we delved into the intricacies of languages - what we say and how we say it can convey more meaning than knowing the words that are spoken. It was also a great confirmation of how important it can be to have an amazing community of like minded people to work with as we work toward greater understanding of the Human Experience by sharing stories and food, laughter and wisdom...and favorite art suppliers! ;)

On a related note, I spent some time last week working in my art journal to fill in some of the 'gifts' given to me by my fellow classmates and journalers in the last workshop in December. I'll share some of the work I've added, but here is the journal spread from December, as we last saw it...


Stay tuned to see what I've added to this spread as well as seeing the second spread in Orly's workshop!

2 comments:

Kathryn Hansen said...

what a creative concept for a workshop...love the backgrounds and your pictograph image...very cool!

SueAnn said...

What a fabulous sounding workshop!! Love the backgrounds you created! I love watching the process!!
Hugs
SueAnn