Fantasy Journaling in Yucatán: ¡Vaya Maya! DVD


Artist: Diana Hollingsworth Gessler
Producer: A to Zinnia Productions
Runtime: 3 hours, 40 min.
PDF. Documents Included On Disc

Product Description

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Go Maya! Grab your journal and come with me as we “travel” deep into a unique part of Mexico–the Yucatán Peninsula and the little explored, very colorful, land of the Maya people.

Using my photos and your journal, we’ll record images and fun facts about Valladolid (vaya DOE leed), one of Mexico’s “Magical Towns” (I’ll explain in class) and the heart of Maya culture. From there, we’ll map our fantasy trip to the Maya ruin of Chichen Itza (chee CHIN eat ZA) where we learn that the Maya were peaceful people (it was the Toltecs that tore hearts out.)

Still, you will lose your hearts to this colorful people and place and have an exotic journal to prove it.

Students of all levels can easily follow along as they discover my secrets for creating charming journals. The workshop covers:
• Drawing people (returning students asked for this)
• Fast, easy sketches and simple watercolor washes
• Creating colorful botanical art
• Artful layouts with simple text
• Fun map making and unusual calligraphy
• Additional lessons to do on your own

You can do this!

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diana gessler 2016Diana Hollingsworth Gessler started her career as a graphic designer in NYC and amused herself by keeping illustrated journals. Algonquin Books loved the charming format of the journals and the idea of traveling through an artist’s eyes. So a series of author-illustrated travel books was born: Very California, Very Charleston, Very New Orleans, and Very Washington DC. Another book, The Sampoerna Legacy, was privately commissioned by a Chinese family to document their 100-year-old history. Diana is now recreating that same history in a series of 7 children’s books for the Sampoerna Family. Her Artful Gathering Retreat Workshops include Fantasy Journaling in Charleston, Fantasy Journaling in Yucatán: ¡Vaya Maya!, and Fantasy Journal with Mother Nature. Available now on DVD.

Diana is also a fine artist whose oils and watercolors have been represented by Shaw Gallery, Naples FL since 1993. “Traveling and teaching The Art of Illustrated Journaling, makes me feel I’ve bundled all my acquired talents into a neat package that I can share with others. I’m confident that, through this gift, I’ve been able to change creative lives, ” says Diana.


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