We are thrilled to welcome back Matthew Whitney as summer faculty! Matt has worked as a multidisciplinary visual artist in Seattle for the past 20 years. He is currently the Creative Director for Spiritual Directors International, a non-profit that promotes spiritual companionship and contemplative practice. He previously taught art for Seattle Pacific University and Northwest University.
What is a personal cartography? Matt writes, “I’ve used mapping and charting as a form of art practice for several years, walking my paths through life and making drawings of the physical and spiritual places I’ve occupied and moved through; the geographical, collective, and personal – in which we engage our whole selves through processes of attentiveness, noticing, recalling, and naming. These holy practices spring from being present to oneself, to others, and in connection to the environment around you. This is an invitation to walk, recall, and chart your own journey.”
See samples of Matt’s personal cartographies here.
Participants in this class will create “personal cartographies” – a series of drawings on paper, rooted in the everyday places we occupy, share, and move through. Participants will discern paths of importance through journaling and spiritual companionship, learn to combine expressive line with mapping technology, and use these to create finished drawings which map their own spiritual journey. Drawings will be medium sized (22″ x 30″) using ink and watercolor, or can also be large-scale (60″+) using graphite, charcoal, and pastel.
All experience levels welcome, including beginners. Ages 16+
Here’s a general plan for the class time:
- 10-15 minutes: contemplative practices (meditation, lectio divina, etc)
- 15-20 minutes: artist companioning / check-in
- 10 minutes: introducing options for producing work
- 20 minutes: short creative activities to spur imagination and process
- 90-120 minutes: studio time for projects
Participants wishing to create complex or ambitious projects should expect to spend additional time working outside of class.
Participants will create paper-based works (using drawing and painting materials), similar to the works represented in the photos and on Matt’s website. Participants can expect to create at least one polished, medium-sized cartography (22″ x 30″) with the option to work large scale if they so choose (48″ x 60″). Guidance and assistance will be given by the instructor if technology is being utilized (video projection, Google Maps, etc).
What should I bring to class?
Participants are encouraged to bring personal sketchbook or journal, a camera/smartphone, and comfortable studio clothing.
The Full Package covers tuition + materials, all meals (Sunday dinner through Saturday brunch) and lodging.
Full Package: $715-$1245
- Private Room – $1245
- Shared Double Room / Yurt – $930
- Library Dorm: $795
- RV Hookup: $765
- Guild Tent $750
- Own Tent: $715
Commuter Cost: $470
(Commuter Cost includes Sunday dinner, Monday through Friday lunches, and Saturday brunch.)
This class is part of the Grünewald Guild’s Summer 2020 Program: Forest Vision. Learn more about the Summer Program.
July 26 – August 1, 2020
This is a non-refundable deposit.
The remaining balance must be paid in full upon arrival.
Date(s) - Jul 26, 2020 until Aug 1 2020