Is there a story form your life that you would like to tell with pictures ? An aspect of your self, identity or daily experiences that you would like to express visually ? If so this exciting 10 week course created by Helen Sargeant is for you. We will be looking at the intersection between art and life and those artists who have used autobiography within their practice. We will be building a visual journal and working towards developing ideas from your journal into larger pieces of artwork. At the end of the 10 weeks you will have completed one journal and have a portfolio of work to share with others.

Helen will introduce you to a number of formal art skills and methodologies that will enable you to explore visual narrative including observational drawing, pictorial framing and composition, the use of duration, time, visual note taking and experimental mark making. We will be utilising drawing, painting, collage, text, print and photography media.

The course is designed for the absolute beginner through to the more experienced. Helen is a passionate, supportive and knowledgable artist who will teach you within the group as well as offering you one to one guidance.

Benefits of Journalling

• Enables you to improve general skills in art and design
• An excellent reflective tool for developing exciting new bodies of work
• Generates original thoughts and ideas
• Helps to hone in and focus on the subject of your practice and its meanings
• Daily use of a visual journal has be proven to help maintain good mental health and wellbeing

M(other)s Stories, First Born Photography Book, 10.5cm x 15cm, 2009, Helen Sargeant

M(other)s Stories, First Born Photography Book, 10.5cm x 15cm, 2009, Helen Sargeant

About Helen Sargeant 

Helen has over 20 years experience of working as a professional artist developing her own practice alongside delivering high quality arts workshops within the community. She is an independent curator and academic with 7 years experience of teaching fine art in further and higher education having worked as a lecturer for the BA (Hons) Visual Arts Programme and the MA Contemporary Fine Art Programme at The University of Salford. Helen has had her work published in books and online and she has presented her work at international conferences. She is currently keeping a daily blog based on her experiences as a mother-artist; M(other) Stories Helen is based at the Linden Art Studio, Artsmill, Hebden Bridge.

Helen is based at the Linden Art Studio, Artsmill, Hebden Bridge.


£120 for 10 weeks baseed on a 2.5 hour session each week

Arts School (2nd Floor), Artsmill, Linden Mill, Linden Road, Hebden Bridge, HX7 7DP

Every Tuesday for ten weeks 10am – 12.30pm


14th April, 21st April, 28th April,May 5th, May 19th, June 9th, June 16th, June 30th

* there will be a two week break after week 6 of the course, so no class on 26th and 2nd June

To reserve a place on the course please email or telephone me asap. A deposit of £60 is required to book a place on the course and the remainder of the payment of £60 will be required by the second week of the course ( 21st April.). You can pay by cheque, cash or pay-pal.

Contact Details


Mobile: 07811337355

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like to find out anymore information about the course.

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Handholding-Standing- Hugging, pencil on paper, 12cm x 12cm, 2010, Helen Sargeant