An iPad Art Journal Retreat! What?


I am very excited about this because I always get excited about doing things that have never been done before, and anything cutting edge and DIFFERENT n the art world.

The best way to describe this is the way I describe it on the info page . . .


A one-of-a-kind art journaling retreat in beautiful, Santa Fe!

Supply List:  iPad and Stylus . . .That’s all, folks!

Believe it or not, you can create an ENTIRE art journal, travel journal, or any other kind of journal COMPLETELY on your iPad.

Your itinerary, your sketches, your paintings (in any media you prefer – from colored pencils to watercolor) your photos, your collages, your handwritten notes, and anything you want to type in a choice of fonts. Take quick guerrilla photos of your surroundings, meals, and adventures on the spot, and stick them on a page immediately with your added notes. No glue, no supplies to carry. You can journal anywhere . . .

Have you ever picked up your art journal and taken a picture with it? And the picture is right there on the page to resize, rotate, and place.? That’s just one magic trick you can do with iPad journaling.

“But I just love having real life journals.” you might say.

This is NOT an either/or situation. You can save this journal as a PDF to print and bind into a real life journal at any time. You can print individual pages just the right size to stick into other journals. You can even make your journal into a slideshow or video to share.

This is magical stuff indeed. And the best thing is that this way of journaling is so easy that you get it all done and don’t leave out a thing!

And you can shuffle the page order around at any time you want.

What’s not to love?

We will spend a wonderfully relaxing five days immersing ourselves in the creative magic and beauty that is Santa Fe, and recording it all in the journals we create right inside our iPads.

We have a great classroom, with just the perfect lighting for working with our iPads, and a huge flat screen TV for sharing our pages.

You DO NOT need to have drawing skills when you get here, but you WILL bring some home with you! I just can’t help teaching people that they can draw, and drawing on the iPad is easy!

We will have our iPad art lessons in the morning, when we are bright-eyed and bushy tailed, then go off on our Santa Fe adventures and come back to the classroom to create and fine tune our pages.

Workshop hours are from 10am – 5pm, but you will be out and about for much of that time, so you will see plenty of Santa Fe.

This Retreat is limited to 10 students because of our classroom size. If you think this sounds like fun, all the other details are here:

iPad Art Journal Retreat in Santa Fe

4 thoughts on “An iPad Art Journal Retreat! What?

  1. Sherry Cote

    Jessica, will the apps for this workshop be purchased on-line at the workshop, or will you let participants know what to purchase and download after they’ve paid their registration?


  2. jessica Post author

    Hi Sherry – they will be purchased online at the workshop – we have a nice strong wi-fi signal.
    You know how I like to build the experience step-by-step when I teach, so I won’t bring each app onboard until we are going to learn how to use it, and how it fits our journaling purposes. There aren’t a whole bunch of them or anything, but dumping a bunch a stuff on you beforehand with no explanation would just confuse the students.

  3. Tonya

    Any suggestion as to *what* stylus? I have Pencil, Adonit Jot Pro and the Cosmonaut…

    BTW, if you’re looking for a great stylus holder that’s perfect to stash in the bespoke Art Journal Bag, look no further than Amazon for a four-pack of cigar holders! They’re perfect–I put a circle of dense sponge-type material (from packaging supplies) in each end and my stylus is protected and safe. Here’s the one I like best:

    Also, will this workshop later be available for sale using PDF/video for those of us who can’t get to the Santa Fe workshop?

  4. Patti Wojahn

    Hi Jessica – Can’t wait to retire so I can attend this type of workshop! In the meantime, I have a request that I just posted on one of your older blog entries – am interested in exploring the possibility of working with you to negotiate having “Mending Fences” on the cover of an edited book collection that is currently at the publishers. It would be ideal for our book on crossing borders/boundaries! Thanks, regardless!

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