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Color, Light, Line, and Texture Hands-on Workshop 2018 | April 26 – April 29, 2018

Come play in paint, explore collage, dive into textiles during this hands-on retreat for illustrators and art admirers alike.

NO previous art experience required! Everyone is welcome: teachers, librarians, writers, artists, and art lovers!

Using unusual materials such as toothpaste, lotion, curtain panels, and special papers, we will create sun prints, simple silk screens, batik, pastel stencils, wax resist, negative paintings, and poured watercolors. We will work small, so everyone can complete a piece in each technique. We will discuss how these techniques can be used in book illustration along with a brief overview of book design.

Faculty blog posts:
Tour Denise Fleming’s Studio
7 Reasons to Attend
Guest Post: Dylan Teut–An Interview With Denise Fleming

Preliminary schedule:
Optional tour of Highlights for Children and Boyds Mills Press
Arrival and check-in
Hors d’Oeuvres and Dinner
After dinner: creating papers for Friday’s workshop!

Friday morning
Channeling Lois Ehlert–illustration style, Ashley Wolff
After creating a collection of watercolor “drip” papers on Thursday night, we’ll study the work of Lois Ehlert. Then we’ll design Lois Ehlert-style images and, sharing colors and textures among the group, we’ll use our papers to assemble collage triptychs.

Friday afternoon
Paper Making–Denise Fleming
Tiny threads of colored fiber floating in water, poured on a screen create a picture and piece of paper at the same time. Paper-making magic!

Friday evening
Hors d’Oeuvres and Dinner
After dinner: Hands-on workshop with Judy Schachner

Saturday morning
Gilded Quotes, Ashley Wolff
Do you have a favorite quote? A beloved short poem? We’ll design watercolor and gold ink compositions using your text, and drawn, painted or collaged images. Simple hand lettering techniques will guarantee success. You’ll have a piece suitable for framing and hanging over your desk for inspiration.

Saturday afternoon
Painting Technique, Denise Fleming

Saturday evening
Character Cut Up–collage/drawing technique
Arrange and collage a collection of cut out noses, ears, hair, mouths, eyes, hands etc. to create a one of a kind character. A hoot! If you could bring a clothing catalog, people magazine, or fashion magazine that would be great but not necessary.

Sunday morning
Critique and sharing

Faculty & Special Guests

"Ashley & Denise are a wonderful team & I would love to attend another workshop with both of them. The balance between studio work/explanation during the day & the talks at night was just right."—2016 attendee

"I loved this workshop exploring a variety of techniques."—2016 attendee