New Zealand Community Education Centres

Art Journalling for Well-Being

Explore your creativity, without fear of judgment, using simple art media and experience the benefits of art journaling as a creative self-care tool.


This workshop is an introduction to art journaling and is for anyone who would like to incorporate images as well as words into a journal to reflect on their thoughts, feelings and memories - no special artistic talent or experience is required.

It will set you on a path to daily creativity in your art journal and is a space where you can develop your creativity - where you can feel free, have fun exploring and experiment without rules. Everyone goes about art journaling in their own way and develops their own style – it can also be a place for ‘creative self-care’ and a tool for self-exploration where you can reflect on your thoughts, feelings and memories.


In a safe and nurturing environment, you’ll be led through various processes to encourage a spontaneous and intuitive approach to working in the journal with opportunities for some personal reflection. You’ll also be shown examples of different approaches to inspire your own work. Using a variety of different media (e.g. pastels, watercolour, collage) and techniques, you’ll be shown how to achieve different effects in your own journal with time for experimentation.

By the end of the workshop, you’ll be able to:

-          Feel more confident about using your journal for spontaneous self-expression and reflection for a greater sense of well-being
-          Explore your creativity using a wider range of media
-          Create different effects for background pages
-          Apply different layering techniques
-          Make use of various prompts for art-making
-          Find resources (books, online information) to support further art journaling

Art materials provided but bring an A4 visual diary. A list of other things you may like to bring (optional) will be sent out separately.

Note: Courses need a minimum number to go ahead so if we don't have enough enrolments a few days before the start date, we have to cancel. We'll let you know by email so please check yours regularly. If you need to cancel your registration, here are our terms and conditions: "What You Need to Know".