Color, Light, Line, and Texture Hands-on Workshop 2020

April 30 - May 3, 2020

Join Us To:

Play in paint, explore collage, and dive into textiles during this hands-on art retreat. Work alongside three experienced picture book author/illustrators to get a glimpse into their creative process. Use art as a springboard to make other creative leaps. Explore new techniques that can be used in illustration and/or in other creative projects.

What You’ll Learn:

Creativity is front-and-center at this open-to-all weekend. Everyone is welcome: teachers, librarians, writers, artists, and art lovers! NO previous art experience required! You will:

  • Use paints, paste, and paper to create and to spark new ideas.
  • Discover the joy of creating, even if (or maybe especially if!) you’re not an artist.
  • Learn new art techniques that can be used in illustration and in your personal projects.
  • Hear our super-creative faculty author/illustrators talk about their style and their books.
  • Enjoy creating alongside like-minded people, and making new friends.

Attend If:

  • You’re feeling a little “blocked.” Anyone who wants or needs a creative retreat is welcome!
  • You’re an illustrator who wants to change up their style. Our faculty shares a variety of techniques during the weekend.
  • You’re a picture book author. Illustrators are your partners in creating picture books–get a taste of what their job feels like.
  • You’re an art teacher looking for new ideas. Many of the techniques you’ll learn can be brought back to your classroom.
  • You’re an alum of other illustration workshops. If you have taken one of of these workshops you may find this course of special interest: Crafting a Picture Book Dummy; Illustration Intensive; Picture Book Illustration: From Conception to Birth.


Our faculty hasn’t finalized what types of art they’ll be sharing this year, but here’s a sampling of past sessions:

  • Layering with Gouache
  • Collage meets portraiture meets Calligraphy
  • Pastel Painting – Landscapes
  • Monoprints
  • Gilded Quotes
  • 3-D illustration
  • Accordion Books and Pocket Books

And here’s an idea of what happens each day:
Day 1
Arrival and check in

Appetizers and Dinner
After dinner: Introductions and first activity

Day 2
Art activity, Denise Fleming

Art activity, Ashley Wolff

Appetizers and Dinner
After dinner: Hands-on workshop with special guest

Day 3
Art activity, Ashley Wolff

Art activity, Denise Fleming

Appetizers and Dinner
After dinner: Hands-on workshop

Day 4
Wrap-up, Q&A, sharing

Lunch and farewells

A Note About Highlights Workshop Agendas


Tour Denise Fleming’s Studio
7 Reasons to Attend
Guest Post: Dylan Teut–An Interview With Denise Fleming
Denise Fleming, featured at the Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast blog
Ashley Wolff: Channeling Sam Cannon
Faculty Interview: Denise Fleming
Ashley Wolff: Gouache over Black Gesso 101
Ashley Wolff: 2 Color Lino Block Printing
Video: Judy Schachner talks and draws with The New York Times Books.


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

“I loved this workshop exploring a variety of techniques.”

“I went home exhausted in the best way possible, my heart full and my spirit rejuvenated.”

“Each presenter was excited about the subject, helpful, and the projects were fabulous. I love learning about the processes they use to make their art.”

Scholarships Available

Scholarships are available from the Jerome Weisman fund:
Application deadline is February 10, 2020. Scholarships will be announced March 11, 2020.
Click here to apply!
For more information about scholarships, click here.


Denise Fleming

Denise Fleming is the author/illustrator of many award-winning picture books. Fleming’s books are created in her signature style of pulp…
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Ashley Wolff

Ashley Wolff has been a visual artist since she declared herself one at the age of five. She grew up…
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Judy Schachner

Special Guest Judy Schachner was born into an Irish Catholic working class family from New England. Money was as tight…
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All-inclusive registration includes workshop tuition, lodging, meals, beverages, and snacks. Free shuttle service is available from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AVP) International Airport.

We offer payment plans as low as $75/month. We'll be in touch with details after you register.

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workshop information

Begins on Thursday, April 30, with dinner, and ends on Sunday, May 3, with lunch.