Friday, September 23, 2011

Calling all guardians and journals!!!

The Fall NCAEA Conference is only a few weeks away. No matter how much is completed in your counties journal bring it to the 100 Vis J's 4 NC session at the conference so we can see where we are in this process. Like the journals themselves the project is a work in progress. If you cannot make it to the conference send your journal to your region coordinator or to me: David Modler PO BOX 161 Boone NC, 28607. See you in Charlotte!!!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Come play in the Wake County Journal at the NC Museum of Art for 5/20 Teen Event

Put your mark in the Wake County journal at the NC Museum of Art Teen Event on Friday, May 20! Whether this is your first chance to participate or you already worked in it, you really need to see it again to see how it has evolved. The journal will be part of other collaborative activities recorded with a stop motion camera on May 20 from 6-8pm in Studio 2 with other art activities. There will be a DJ, Blue Screen Photo Booth, and an Image Slam featuring over 80 students' artworks in our high school competition. All are invited!!
If there is a Wake County teacher who wants to arrange picking up the journal at the end of the event to have for the end of the school year, please e-mail me ASAP at Spread the word- thanks! Michelle Harrell :)

Sunday, February 20, 2011

New Friends at Alamance Artisans Guild

Hi, DarcyT from Alamance again. I went out on a limb and visited the Alamance Artisans Guild- meeting this past Monday. What a fantastic group of artists! I met a bunch of people willing to work in our Vis J-and already shared it and got this awesome page from former Science teacher and potter Jan Holloman. I enjoyed visiting with Jan and look forward to visiting her where where she creates at Little Dog Pottery. Thanks again Jan!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Music Mania Recording Company

Jeremy Thomas took time out of his crazy recording schedule to hook up this great Vis J page for Alamance County. Busiest studio in Snow Camp. Check out some of the music coming out of the Music Mania studio.

New Alamance Journal Page

Michele Nelson created this amazing page for our Vis J. I'm so inspired to try some fabric pages after seeing this. Thanks M!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Yancey County Update

We've had a wild and snowy winter thus far. I've done the title page for our journal, then left it at a friend's studio for her to play. Here is her page - I love how she used a topography map for her background. Deana Blanchard is the artist, she and her husband, Chuck Young, make beautiful glass and metal work at their Selena Glass and Metal studio. Lots more plans in the works for cool pages, but with the snow falling as I type, it may be a few weeks before it gets back in circulation.
Jennifer "J.Ro" Robinson - Guardian of the Yancey journal

Monday, January 3, 2011

Judging a book by it's cover

The holidays provided me window between schools to do a little up-keep. After a few smeared failed attempts, I decided to just hand-paint the Wake County journal using a red gesso and dry-brush technique in black to show its texture. I then protected it with Matt Modge Podge for all the little hands that will handle it in the coming months.

I also included a few pages to recruit written responses such as the following:
  • A title page noting the artists and where they are from
  • Finish this story...
  • What is your favorite thing to do in Wake County?
So far, there hasn't been a lot of layering because I believe folks don't want to mess up what has come before. So, as guardian, I'm going to try to add layers each time it is returned to create a sense of unity. I'm neglecting my own journal a bit but having much more fun.

Wake County still has open slots in the spring and summer. E-mail me at if you would like to participate! Happy New Year! Michelle H. Harrell