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 be large-scale (60″+) using graphite, charcoal, and pastel.
All experience levels welcome, including beginners. Ages 16+
There will be invitations to contemplative practice, lessons on pilgrimage and how participants can engage with those themes through presence and walking and noticing, right in their own backyard or neighborhood, or wherever they’re at. There will be lessons and demos on making maps/cartographies of this journey as a way of documenting and journaling the “Journey to God” for each of us. Participants also will be offered spiritual companionship in both 1/1 and group settings throughout the week.
Participants wishing to create complex or ambitious projects should expect to spend additional time working outside of class.
When is class time?
Monday-Friday July 26 – 31, 2020 via Zoom from 9:45am-12:45pm (Pacific Daylight Time).
The instructor will also be available at other times during the week for 1/1 spiritual companionship.
Participants will create paper-based works (using drawing and painting materials), similar to the works represented in the photos and on Matt’s website. You can expect to create at least one polished, medium-sized cartography (22″ x 30″), maybe two, or have the option to work large scale (48″ x 60″). Guidance and assistance will be given by the instructor if technology is being utilized (video projection, Google Maps, etc).
What do I need for class?
Option 1 for the 22″ x 30″ works:
- (1) 22″ x 30″ sheet of hot press paper (120 lb or higher)
- (1) 22″ x 30″ sheet of cold press paper (120 lb or higher)
- waterproof black artist pens, (e.g. Faber-Castell Pitt pens or Micron pens)
- Watercolor paints (beginner trays are fine, a tube of black watercolor paint would be nice)
- watercolor brushes
- old yogurt/plastic cups for holding water
Option 2 for the 48″ x 60″ work:
- one roll of 60″ artist drawing paper (90lb minimum)
- charcoal sticks and pencils
- graphite sticks and pencils
- black pastel pencils
- pencil sharpeners
For both options, it will be helpful to have a personal sketchbook or journal, a camera/smartphone, graphite pencils with a pencil sharpener, paper towels, old magazines, scissors, and a glue stick.
*If you are ordering supplies online, please place your order as soon as you can. Shipping times for art supplies have expanded considerably.
Program Fee: Please discern what you can afford.
Sliding Scale: $275 – $175 – $75
While we recognize the importance of the practice of art, faith and community in our lives at all times, we are especially sensitive to offering opportunities now. You can decide your payment level.
$275 – If you have already registered for a summer program class, this is the amount you have paid as a deposit. Choosing this option means you do not owe anything else.
$275 – If you are newly registering, this is our Student and Supporter Fee.
$175 – Regular Program Fee
$75 – Reduced Fee/Partial Scholarship
This class is part of the Grünewald Guild’s Summer 2020 Online Program: Forest Vision. Learn more about the program here.
July 26 – August 1, 2020
Online terms and conditions: There are no refunds for online registrations, but they are transferable if you are unable to participate.
This class meets, Monday through Friday, from 9:45am – 12:45pm Pacific Time.
Date(s) - Jul 26, 2020 until Aug 1 2020