Journal Art Workshop: A method of creative expression - Mathilde Gautier


An art diary reflects our moods and creativity by working with colors and shapes. It also leaves room for words, but to a lesser extent than a traditional journal. The sessions also allow you to discover or deepen various artistic techniques and mixed media.

Personalized sessions: I adapt the sessions according to the needs of the group. For example, a workshop theme can be adjusted from one class to the next depending on the group’s progress. The technique of journal art encourages creativity by connecting with oneself without pressure of performance or results.


During 5 sessions, you will discover and deepen :

Week 1: From intuitive writing to image

  • from intuitive writing exercises, we start from the written word to produce something visual

Week 2: From the other to oneself

  • plastic expression based on a theme that touches the participants. The theme will have been determined during the first session according to the participants’ interests

Week 3: Letting go and connecting to your feelings

  • plastic expression from a word found by chance in a magazine or a book
  • what a word evokes for oneself

Week 4: Letting go and intuition

  • Drawing of colored cards to work around a color and its meaning
  • What a color evokes

Week 5: Letting go and connecting to yourself

  • Intuitive work around ink spots to visually tell a story
  • What abstract forms tell about oneself


List of materials required for the workshop:

  • Participants will need to bring a minimum A4 size mixed media notebook.
  • Participants may bring recycled materials, glue, scissors, old magazines, dried flowers, colored pencils, and any medium they practice at home.
  • The teacher will also provide materials.

Workshop schedule

  • 5 sessions of 2 hours per week
  • Monday evenings from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Dates: March 6, 13, 20 and April 3, 17 2023
  • Registration deadline: March 2, 2023


Centre culturel franco-manitobain
Art Studio – Room 141
(Ground floor on the right after the art gallery)

For the first session, please arrive at the CCMW reception desk at 6:45 pm.
The teacher will pick you up.

Number of students

10 people maximum


Beginner to intermediate


120 per participant (+taxes)
(creation material kit not included)


Mathilde has a doctorate in Arts and has been teaching creativity techniques for a long time in France where she is originally from. In 2017, she moved to Sweden where she set up artistic expression workshops for adults and children using the journal art method. These workshops are designed to help develop creativity and letting go.

Living in Manitoba since 2021, she now offers these workshops to all those who wish to discover their creativity.

With the support of: