Visual Journaling


A visual journal is a creative combination of diary, doodle pad, to-do list, sketchbook, and scrapbook. Visual journaling is deeply personal and meaningful, and requires no artistic training--only a playful willingness to experiment! Visual journaling also requires very few art supplies, making it a wonderfully democratic, all-access method of creative expression. In this hands-on class, participants will learn and practice the techniques of visual journaling, including creating backgrounds, transferring images, layering and mixing in ephemera, and engaging in reflective writing and drawing. Videos will demonstrate techniques and discuss the ways in which those in the teaching and caring professions use visual journaling. Participants will also gain access to identified resources and inspiration for continuing development and discovery. By the end of the five-week course, participants will have explored resources and practiced techniques for making visual journaling a personal practice, as well as identified inspiration and resources for how to incorporate visual journaling in one's own work setting. 

Check out this video to see some examples and meet the instructors!

Course Format

This is an online, asynchronous course that unfolds in five modules over the course of five weeks. To access the course, participants will need an internet connection and a google gmail address (it's free to get one); an email address will also work. Participants may view the class modules as they unfold and engage in the activities asynchronously, at their leisure, as their various schedules allow.

Each Monday the instructors release a new set of instructor-created instructional videos and a set of unique prompts to guide your visual journaling practice that week. Each module may comprise: instructional and/or demo videos, suggested techniques, a list of materials to consider, a list of creative prompts, discussion forums to facilitate sharing, and a selection of related inspirational videos, readings, and supplies curated in connection with the week's lessons. Discussion forums will enable participants to post questions and share images of what they're creating. Participants will develop their visual journaling practice, expand their skill set, and discover their own unique style as each week adds new techniques, incorporates new materials, and builds on participants' expanding confidence and creative range. Participants view the videos and work in their visual journals asynchronously, as their schedule allows. Viewing the videos and practicing the techniques takes about two hours each week, but participants can spend more time exploring and practicing the many techniques taught.

This course has rolling enrollment. The initial starting date is September 13th and registration will remain open until October 25th.  Whenever you register, you will have 5 consecutive weekly modules to participate in. 


Participants will need one blank visual journal with heavy duty pages (90lb paper or heavier), such as a Strathmore Mixed Media Visual Journal or Moleskine Watercolor Notebook. This will cost from $13 - $22, depending on the one you select. It's ok to have only plain sheets of paper for the first week's class. Participants might already have the basic supplies they'll need-- a glue stick, scissors, a small paint brush, a permanent marker, some crayons, some water soluble wax pastels or watercolor paints, a few acrylic craft paints. For those who don't have such supplies, the instructors have posted a list of these basic supplies (eg, scissors, glue, pens) on an Amazon Ideas List--please check it out and buy whichever supplies you don't already have. That list also includes journal book suggestions for those who want help selecting one, as well as additional, optional art supplies we think you'll like using in your visual journal.

This class may be taken for one Continuing Education Unit (CEU) and is relevant for educators of all areas and backgrounds, particularly art educators and guidance counselors.

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Student working on Visual Journaling Project
Visual Journaling
Student working on Visual Journaling Project
Visual Journaling
Student working on Visual Journaling Project
Monday, September 13, 2021 to Monday, November 29, 2021
View weekly demo videos, engage in journaling prompts and visual play at your own pace, and participate in the class sharing space.
Delivery Method: 
Asynchronous Delivery with recorded Demos
At home

Registration Information

PLEASE NOTE: Most classes meet over multiple weeks. Registration for each class is open until the class fills or until2 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 Marissa Winkler 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 Marissa Winkler at 828-262-2930 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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