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Interlochen Writer's Retreat: Day 1

On day 1 of the Journal & Sketchbook class here at the Interlochen Writer's Retreat, we had people out and drawing within 20 minutes of the first class starting:

There are lots of flowers around here, by the way:

We have 6 participants for this class, which is a nice number. At least 3 have either passed through Columbia College, teach at Columbia College, or both. But the three other participants brought their own experience, professional and personal, to the class, too. Everyone jumped right in when we did the quick drawing activity. Here's a selection of some drawings:

Click on any image to embiggen it.

Once again, the range of gestural mark-making that comes out of people who say they cannot draw is pretty amazing. We turned immediately from the drawing to the writing, and it was also striking during a short read-back afterwards to hear how the writing was filled with a heightened visual sense.

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