Having an online group, like the delightful friends participating in Sketchbook Challenge, is a serious morale booster. But it's also nice to have a real time group to share ideas, challenges and triumphs. I've started a group at my library and we've been meeting for a couple of months now. It's easy to start a sketchbook/art journal group of your own. Here are some pointers.
1. Set a regular time to meet. We meet the 1st and 3rd Thursday nights.
2. Find out what the group wants and what they would find inspirational, and structure your group around their ideas. Check in every once in awhile to see if it's still working and to get ideas from new members.
3. Bring prompts. This is very easy to do. I have a few ideas written out ahead of time and bring one key idea to share. Sketchers can try it or do their own thing instead. These thumbnails are from an exercise called "Through a Viewfinder," where we thumbed through magazines, isolated a square and drew what fell within it. Look online for drawing techniques or cull them from books like Drawing Lab by Carla Sonheim and Water, Paper Paint by Heather Jones. Your library has LOTS of great books with art ideas--so visit a librarian today!
4. Try new supplies. There are many el cheapo art materials you can share to try something new. Last night I brough some boxes of oil pastels ($5.99 at Michaels but use your 40% off coupon!) and we tested those out. They were way outside the comfort zone for many people and what better for a group experiment?
There are others out there just like you...all you have to do is find them. Kelli