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Orly Avineri
The Visual Journal As Sancturary

I have invited Orly Avineri to come to Sweden and run one of her renown workshops at the magical place Roddarhuset in Waxholm. Come and join us!! Contact me here for more info!!


Orly Avineri

Orly truly believe that the need to be witnessed by the self and by others is a human-core-need to be fulfilled by the act of creating. Therefore, a compelling part of her journey is the teaching of art making in the context of visual journaling. As a young adult in Israel, she had studied Fine Arts in an artists' village nestled at the foot of Mount Carmel overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, and later, in the Netherlands, Graphic Design at the University of Arts in the contemporary yet history-drenched city of Utrecht. Now living by the beach of Southern California with her family, she takes in all the magnificence of the landscapes that shaped her and of the visual languages she have acquired along the way. She keeps an online visual journal (blog) titled One Artist Journal that is derived from her actual physical journal pages. She is very passionate about finding meaning and connection through the process of visual journaling. 


The workshop

Roddarhuset, Vaxholm, Sweden
9-11 September, 2016

The practice of Visual Journaling cultivates insight into the nature of the creative process and its multiple meanings. Enriched by self-trust and acceptance, paper, paint, words, pen, and line entwine to make expressive complex intimate books. It's all about one's willingness to be vulnerable and raw for the sake of true freedom. Experiencing deep, honest, personal journeys and true connection to a world outside of us takes precedence over producing beautiful ‘pictures’. Ultimately, Visual Journaling is about depicting the fluidity of life, about effortlessly carrying one's self from one place to another and immersing one’s self right in the middle of humanity, vibrantly, passionately, and compassionately.
Bring with you an old passport that belonged to you or someone else, to an old family member, or to a complete stranger. You will turn it into a voluminous exciting journal, rich with your colors and textures, and packed with personal imagery. Trek through your intimate stories and make room on your pages for new ones. Honor its bearer’s life whether you know/knew that person or not. Be inspired by its stories and histories. Strip it from its formality by adding your own biographical anecdotes. Allow for playfulness and for the interplay between the concealing and revealing of visual and emotional information. Permit a spontaneous and sensorial celebration. 
With the help of gentle and fresh multiple prompts we’ll satisfy our undeniable wish to explore our past paths and witness our constant onward movement, to discover and expand through a tactile, sensorial, and honest creative gestures. Our days together will end with rich voluminous personal journals filled with awe and wonderment, warm nests of gatherings to be cradled in the palm of our hands and then surrendered temporarily to become part of a collective altar, a one of a kind ‘Offering’ to each other, a sanctuary, a place of safety and comfort, a testament to our deep need to gather and connect to a world larger than our own.

If you questions or are interested to regiser to this workshop please contact me here.

Ingram, Texas, USA
15th -16th of October 2016 

Check for more information regarding the venue here. If you would like to register please contact The Hill Country Art Foundation at here!

Manitou Springs, Colorado, USA
8th -9th of October 2016 

If you have any questions regarding the venu or area or would like to register please contact my lovely host Donna Martin here!

On-line classes

I have some wonderful & exciting news! I am going to be teaching on Life Book 2016  next year! 

“Life Book, a celebration and honouring of YOU” is a year-long mixed media art class organised by Tamara Laporte from Willowing Arts.

We are 24 incredible art teachers who are all gearing up to share our mixed media techniques, tips and tricks with YOU! Themed around self-development and healing, you’ll be creating several loose mixed media art journal pages per month which by the end of the year you will bind into a glorious journal (a Life Book)! You will have a wonderful keepsake that you can treasure for the rest of your life!

You can find out a lot more about this wildly popular course (it has been joined by over 8700 people in the past!) by clicking HERE.

Past classes

SOUL FOOD is an online art class with Soul-FULL mixed media lessons presented by 20 artists. To learn more and to register, visit Community Thrive, or visit SOUL FOOD Class page on Facebook.

During Term 2 2013 the kids in my art classes worked towards an exhibition. Together with another local art tutor, Joyce van der Lely (Young at ArT DownUnder Studio), as well as with Karen and Ken at the Lightwave Gallery I was setting up a vibrant art exhibition. Art from more than 50 kids was exhibited in the main gallery. 

"Raging Redbows and Rainstrings" at Lightwave Gallery during the school holiday, 13th-28th of July.  


Opening day

Team building workshop

Would you and your team like to do something completely different and fun together?
Does your team need some new inspiration to find your flow?
Would you like to have some fun and create something beautiful that will enhance your office walls for a long time?
If you answer yes to any of the above questions this workshop is something for you and your team. Join me in a challenging and fun workshop that you will remember for a long time. Read more here.


"I have never been so connected with my work. Thank you Jenny. You have taught me something and I don't even know what it is well it's connection. It's connection with my art place on a deeper level"

"Hi Jenny, I just had to write after watching part of your lesson on Lifebook today. I feel so honoured to be watching you create, and your process is so peaceful and soothing. Such a GORGEOUS lesson, and I'm excited to try to capture some of the grunge myself. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful self and your beautiful work."


We are all born creative.  To be creative is to think outside the box to approach tasks and problems in a different and innovative way.  It is one of the most important skills children need to succeed academically. Plenty of creative thinking will be needed in the world our children are facing. Children use creativity when they play, write stories or make crafts, but also to solve everyday tasks and complex math problems.

To help our children stay creative we need to let them use their natural curiosity and be playful. We should let them make mistakes and be brave to try new things. We should encourage them to trust themselves and their intuition.

Art is one area where our children can apply these skills.

At the same time it is important that children feel that what they create has real value.  Usually children’s art does not get the respect it deserves and their creative process is often considered very messy.

In my art classes I encourage the kids to focus on the process, to be brave, to follow their own intuition and to have fun. 

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