Visual Journaling



This hands-on class invites participants to learn and practice the techniques of visual journaling including creating backgrounds, combining and layering ephemera, transferring images, and engaging in expressive writing and drawing. A visual journal is simply a creative combination of diary, doodle pad, to-do list, sketchbook, and scrapbook. Visual journaling is a deeply personal and meaningful process that only requires a playful willingness to experiment with visual expression– in other words, you don’t have to have any arts training in order to do visual journaling. Similarly, visual journaling does not require expensive art supplies– one can create playful and meaningful pages using minimal supplies along with found objects and household materials. In this class, participants will expand their skill sets and discover their own unique styles as each session introduces new techniques, incorporates new materials, and builds on participants' expanding confidence, inspiration, and creative potential. Along with visual journaling techniques and strategies, participants will also be introduced to resources, inspiration, and other tips for developing their own visual journaling practice at home or in another setting.

Course Format

This face-to-face summer course is five two-hour long sessions over five weeks. The format enables participants to immerse themselves in learning and practicing the techniques of visual journaling as a weekly practice in balance with other opportunities during the busy summer months.


Participants will need to purchase one blank visual journal with heavy duty pages  90 lb. paper or heavier. Recommendations include the Strathmore Mixed Media Visual Journal, Canson Mixed Media Journal, or Moleskine Watercolor Notebook. A blank journal may cost from $12.00 - $28.00 depending on the brand you select. Bring your journal to every class!

Outside of acquiring a journal, participants may already have the basic supplies they'll need, such as: a glue stick, scissors, a small paint brush, a permanent marker, some crayons, or a few acrylic craft paints. For those who don't have such supplies, selected basic supplies will be provided, along with some specialty material. A list of basic supplied is provided here. After registering for the course, please review the suggested supplies and purchase whichever supplies you don't already have. Please note that this list also includes journal suggestions, as well as optional art supplies you might like to try in your visual journal.


RCOE (College of Education Building) room 301. Street parking is available after 5pm near the building and on King St, or the surface lot off of Howard St. 


This class may be taken for one Continuing Education Unit (CEU) and is relevant for educators of all areas and backgrounds, particularly K-12 teachers seeking to integrate the arts, art educators, and guidance counselors.

Course schedule subject to change for in-person offerings.

***All in person course registration is limited to maintain proper social distancing. All participants will be required to follow Appalachian State's "Return to Campus" protocols. In the event that Appalachian State University classes move fully online, all in person Craft Enrichment courses will be cancelled and participants will be provided a prorated refund. 

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Thursday, May 25, 2023 to Thursday, June 22, 2023
Thursdays, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Delivery Method: 
In Person
RCOE 301

Registration Information

PLEASE NOTE: Most classes meet over multiple weeks. Registration for each class is open until the class fills or until 2 days before the class begins, whichever comes first. If you miss the registration for this session we hope you will consider taking this class the next time it is offered. Please contact Kyndall Bennett at to be added to the mailing list if you would like to be notified when new classes are offered.

If you experience problems completing the registration, contact Kyndall Bennett at 828-262-2744 or email

If you need accommodations due to a disability, contact the Office of Disability Services at least two weeks prior to the beginning of your Craft Enrichment class. (828) 262-3056

Cancellation Policy: You may cancel a craft class up to two weeks before the class begins, with a $30 cancellation fee assessed. No refunds are allowed within two weeks of the start date, nor after the class begins.

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