Come play in paint, explore collage, and dive into the unexpected during this hands-on retreat weekend for everyone. Creativity will be front-and-center, and all are welcome: writers, artists, teachers, librarians, publishing professionals, and art lovers! NO previous art experience is required.
- This is an in-person workshop at our Retreat Center with hands-on explorations in art, and informal conversations about creating for kids.
- We include ample time to relax and retreat.
- Lodging and meals are included.
- Begins with dinner 5:30pm Eastern on Thursday, April 13
- Ends with lunch at 12:00pm-1:00pm Eastern on Sunday, April 16
- 20 participants max
Why This Workshop?
When was the last time you were asked to come away and play?
Well, this program is sending an invitation to you for 4-days of just that. Come join Denise Fleming, Ashley Wolff and special guest Sara Gomez Woolley to get messy! To get creative! To get away and play!
The retreat is open to EVERYONE. No art experience is needed! We’ll provide all of the supplies. We’ll also talk about artists and share stories about our own stories.
Techniques and topics explored in our 2023 retreat include:
- Painting with gouache on black paper
- 3-D assemblages using driftwood and clay
- Acrylic painting on plexiglass
- Cartoon panels and play
- Painting with alcohol inks on metal
Past techniques explored at this type of retreat have included:
- None. This workshop is not about critique or feedback. It is a chance to play and explore art!
It’s a Great Fit If…
- You are a writer who has always wanted to try your hand at illustration techniques.
- You are an illustrator/artist looking for a retreat to play; not anchored to a work in progress.
- You could use some creative inspiration. There will be daily exercises designed to spark new ideas.
- You’d appreciate some retreat time. This course has plenty of built-in time to write, draw, hike, or rest–whatever you need.
All Times are Eastern Standard Time.
One week prior to your course, you will receive a link to our virtual classroom where you can introduce yourself to fellow writers, engage in Highlights Foundation related resources (including our Community Standards), and view details about your time on campus.
Art materials will be provided for you, though we encourage you to bring supplies and projects for your independent time during the retreat.
Day 1: Thursday, April 13
- 3pm – 5pm Eastern: Arrival and check in.
- 5:30pm: Appetizers & Dinner
- Following dinner: Interactive Welcome with Denise Fleming, Ashley Wolff, and Sara Gomez Woolley
Day 2: Friday, April 14
- 3-D Assemblages (Please note that the order of art sessions may shift. All listed will be included.)
- Alcohol Inks on Metal
- Retreat time
- Appetizers & Dinner
- Fireside Social and Q & A
Day 3: Saturday, April 15
- Painting with Gouache on Black Paper
- Acrylic Painting on Plexiglass
- Retreat time
- Appetizers & Dinner
- Play! Retreat! Fireside Fun!
Day 4: Sunday, April 16
- Cartoon Panels and PLAY!
- Art Showcase and Reflection
- Lunch & farewells
Commitment Required for the Best Experience
As an in-person event at our Retreat Center, you’ll have a chance to step away from everyday life to experience the workshop. We try to build in breaks and independent time so you have space for your personal needs. While we encourage participation in all group events, we know that as an adult learner you can decide if you need more time to yourself. Please let someone from our staff or faculty know if you plan to step away from group activities.
The Highlights Foundation strives for a safe and inclusive environment. You will have access to our Community Standards prior to the workshop where we ask for your respectful engagement with fellow creatives, including our faculty and staff.
How It Impacts Kids
This workshop impacts your inner “kid” with plenty of time for play and creativity! Let this feed your future stories for all kids as you hold onto the inspiration.
Testimonials from Our Community
“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.”