Journal Workshop Series

A 4-part journaling workshop led by SCA’s Outreach Educator Meg Shoup, spotlighting the work of Ruth Crowe and in partnership with Arbor Circle.

Thursdays 6:30 – 8:00 pm
February 23 – March 16, 2023

About the Program

A 4-session workshop with Ruth Crowe.

A 4 part journaling workshop led by SCA’s Outreach Educator Meg Shoup, spotlighting the work of Ruth Crowe, in partnership with Arbor Circle, one of West Michigan’s most comprehensive providers of mental health services.

Journaling will be practiced as a helpful tool in our healing and wellness journeys. Participants will be invited to create expressive art journals by combining collage, writing, painting and drawing. Journals & materials will be provided.

The series will encourage play and exploration of materials (watercolor, collage, stamping, printing, collegraphy, zentangling, written word) to create a unique personal journal. Each session will focus on a different area of exploration, highlighting techniques that Ruth particularly enjoys. This series will include different journaling methods (bullets, lists, free write, prompted, stream of conscience, visual etc..). The workshop is designed to be accessible and inspiring, with thought provoking prompts and opportunities for adults to gather and create community around the table.


“I graduated from college in 1982 with a degree in Art Education but I had no desire to teach art at the high school level … so I proceeded to do everything but art. I was briefly in the US Army and a police officer with the LAPD. But I spent the majority of my adult life as a collegiate softball coach. It was only after being fired in 2005 that I was forced to figure out what to do with my life. I created a unique product (custom designed sports awards) and started selling to colleges and universities. After nearly a decade running my own business, I knew it was time to start creating art for myself and not other people. I pivoted, and have now been a full-time artist since 2014. It took me a long time to get back to my purpose in life … My art, like me, is a work in progress.”


Meg Shoup, Arts Outreach Educator

Meg is the Arts Outreach Educator at the SCA where she teaches and coordinates adult and children’s programs. She holds a BFA in Art Education from Kendall College of Art and Design and has spent the last decade teaching and leading art programs for both youth and adults. In her personal work, she enjoys working with charcoal, printmaking, and mixed-media.

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