Class #5

Journaling: In and Out of the Box

Nancy Akerly & Mary Dykstra

July 11 - July 17, 2021

instructor imageCome journal with us at The Clearing this summer for a rewarding and enjoyable creative adventure, whether you’ve been keeping a daily journal for years or have found the blank pages of a journal daunting! This week will be a blend of creating your own hand bound journal and using journaling to capture your observations, from traditional everyday journaling of events, thoughts and feelings to nature and other themed and dedicated journaling practices. Mary will use her background in environmental education to help you explore The Clearing and make journal entries, using a variety of writing prompts and techniques designed to sharpen your observational skills, while Nancy will guide you as you create your own unique hand bound journal and slipcase, using bookboard and fine papers with classic bookbinding techniques, to protect and preserve your work.

Students will be contacted prior to class by the instructors.

Nancy Akerly is a lifelong teacher, origamist, folk painter and paper artist, concentrating for the past ten-plus years on creating boxes, binding books and making marbled papers. She is passionate about sharing her skill and knowledge with others, inspiring them to expand their own creativity. Nancy lives in Sister Bay with her musician/storyteller husband, Lloyd Michalsen, and created Liberty Grove Paper Arts after 40 years as a public school teacher. She teaches and shows her work at numerous venues throughout the Midwest.

Mary Dykstra started recording her observations of the natural world as a fourth-grade member of an Audubon Junior Club—and she has been doing so ever since, in one form or another. A lifelong birder, she was on the staff of Birders World magazine and has written articles for Bird Watcher’s Digest and other publications. She has taught in a wide variety of settings, including a stint at the Milwaukee Public Museum and as an environmental education specialist in the Boston area. A freelance writer and editor for nearly thirty years, Mary lives in the Madison area, serving as a docent at the Chazen Museum of Art and volunteer naturalist for the International Crane Foundation.

Level: All levels
Materials Fee: $45 for bookbinding materials, fine papers, bookboard, glues, waxed linen threads and other materials

Pricing (per person):
$1120 Dorm Room Package*
$1220 Two-Person Room Package*
$1835 Single-Person Room Package* (limited availability)
$625 Commuter Package** (limited availability)

*package includes tuition, lodging & 16 meals
**package includes tuition & 5 meals