Artist offers free sketching class after cross-country trip

  • Shelburne Falls artist Maureen Moore is holding a free illustrated journaling class in Northfield on Friday. Contributed photo

Staff Writer
Published: 8/1/2019 6:15:24 PM

NORTHFIELD — After spending two months driving solo across the country to California and back, Shelburne Falls artist Maureen Moore has returned and is ready to show the sketches she drew along the way.

“I sketched my way across the country,” Moore said.

As Moore drove across America by herself — taking the southern route there and the northern route back — she explored an array of new and vibrant cities.

“It was great, it was wonderful, it was quite exhilarating,” Moore said. “I’ve flown over the country but hadn’t really had a chance to see it. It’s astounding.”

Moore is teaching a free class on illustrated journaling at the Deerfield Valley Art Association’s Center for the Arts at 105 Main St. in Northfield on Friday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. She will discuss what the art form means and go over how to practice it.

Illustrated journaling, Moore explained, is similar to keeping a diary, though it involves sketching pictures instead of writing words. She says anyone, even those who claim to not know how to draw, can draw illustrations. Many times, drawings depict everyday images like scrambled eggs on toast, she said.

“It’s the practice of just drawing and writing about the daily round of life,” Moore said. “There’s beauty in the ordinary days, and every day really matters and is worth capturing.”

Moore has only one warning to those attending the class: they may become hooked on illustrated journaling.

“If you take one of these classes, it can get you in trouble,” Moore joked. “You might end up drawing all the time.”

Reach Grace Bird at or 413-772-0261, ext. 280.

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