Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Creation, Contemplation, & the Sacred Circle"
April 18 & 19, 2020
 

The power of creating within the sacred circle of the mandala continues to call us—for healing the broken, disjointed parts of ourselves toward a more integrated whole. Franciscan priest Richard Rohr says, “We are called to become wholemakers.” Combining the solitude of contemplative creativity with the natural landscape of MoonTree studios, we’ll join together for music, inspirational readings and reflection questions to “prime the pump” for self-expression and transformation. This two-day workshop will build sequentially, each mandala drawing giving expression to what is stirring within. A variety of media will be provided to enhance the “wholemaking” process. If you have favorite colored pencils or gel pens, please bring them along, as well as your journal.
 
Location: Donaldson, Indiana
Instructor: Vera Smucker Shenk
Cost: member $50; non-member $55 (includes lunch and materials)
Sponsor: MoonTree Studios
Website, email, 574-935-1712


"Walk a Mile in Your Moccasins"
May 30, 2020
 

Join with the tribe at MoonTree and make your own soft leather moccasins. You'll make a paper pattern for your feet and learn how to cut the leather so that the soft shoes will fit you when assembled. You'll punch holes at the appropriate points to join the moccassin tops and soles, and go home with your own comfortable, hand-made pair of moccasins. Bring a sack lunch!
 
Location: Donaldson, Indiana
Instructor: Rachel Hansen
Cost: member $60; non-member $65
Sponsor: MoonTree Studios
Website, email, 574-935-1712


"Process Painting: Come to the Table"
June 4-7, 2020
 

No previous art experience is required. You need only bring your willingness and longing to engage with creativity. Process Painting highlights the creative process as a method of self-exploration and discovery; it is not a traditional painting class. The emphasis is the process, not what appears on the paper. Using tempera paint, this form of spontaneous expression provides an opportunity to deepen the connection and the divine. The facilitator acts as a support and witness to the process by asking open-ended questions. A safe and sacred container is created by the absence of product focused commentary. Through intuitive image making, Process Painting allows access to the flow of life giving energy which summons the painter to greater consciousness and wholeness.
 
Location: Donaldson, Indiana
Instructor: Karen McClard
Cost: member $375; non-member $400 (includes materials and lunch)
Sponsor: MoonTree Studios
Website, email, 574-935-1712


"Paper Dancing"
June 27, 2020
 

Pull and post your own paper in this one-day hands-on experience making our pulp with recycled elements & adding barks, leaves, flowers and seeds to create unique textures, colors and paper consistencies. Methods of drying & pressing the paper are covered with projects ideas on display using hand-made paper. Participants are welcome to bring clean colored, tissue or wrapping papers to add to the mix. To take your papers home this day, bring a dozen 8X12” felts or leave them in the studio to pick up the following weekend. Wear comfortable old clothes and supportive shoes for standing during this activity. Bring a sack lunch.
 
Location: Donaldson, Indiana
Instructor: Peg Coffey
Cost: member $60; non-member $65
Sponsor: MoonTree Studios
Website, email, 574-935-1712


"Exploring Colored Pencil and Watercolor Pencil Techniques"
October 2-3, 2020
 

The Michigan City Art League invites you to journey into the world of colored pencil as a fine art medium. Experience the many tools, surfaces, and surprisingly effective techniques which yield stunning, vivid colored pencil paintings, as these works are aptly named. Waxy and water soluble colored pencil techniques will be included, along with an abundance of colored pencil-compatible surfaces, many of them free. Kristy Kutch is a seasoned, supportive teacher who aims to provide an enjoyable workshop experience. She offers frequent demonstrations (questions welcome and invited!), individual attention, and numerous take-home samples. The author of the books Drawing and Painting with Colored Pencil and The New Colored Pencil, Kristy is also featured on 4 instructional DVDs.
 
Location: Michigan City, Indiana
Instructor: Kristy Kutch
Sponsor: Michigan City Art League
Website, email, 219-879-2198


"Process Painting: Come to the Table"
October 16-18, 2020
 

No previous art experience is required. You need only bring your willingness and longing to engage with creativity. Process Painting highlights the creative process as a method of self-exploration and discovery; it is not a traditional painting class. The emphasis is the process, not what appears on the paper. Using tempera paint, this form of spontaneous expression provides an opportunity to deepen the connection and the divine. The facilitator acts as a support and witness to the process by asking open-ended questions. A safe and sacred container is created by the absence of product focused commentary. Through intuitive image making, Process Painting allows access to the flow of life giving energy which summons the painter to greater consciousness and wholeness.
 
Location: Donaldson, Indiana
Instructor: Karen McClard
Cost: member $225; non-member $250 (includes materials and lunch)
Sponsor: MoonTree Studios
Website, email, 574-935-1712


"Flame-Working: Glass Bead Making"
Saturdays, October 24 & November 7, 2020
 

In this introductory session, you’ll be exposed to the basics and various styling methods to melt colorful glass rods in the traditional lampworking technique. You’ll experience all the fun of working with glass in molten form as you’re introduced to lampworking safety procedures and a bit of the history of this storied art form. You’ll understand how to distinguish quality glass from inexpensive imitations. Note: Each participant will be working with a hot torch and molten glass, so please wear old cotton clothes, closed-toe shoes, and tie back long hair. No experience necessary. All participants under the age of 16 need to be accompanied by an adult.
 
Location: Donaldson, Indiana
Instructor: Kari Chittenden
Cost: member $140; non-member $150 (Materials included.)
Sponsor: MoonTree Studios
Website, email, 574-935-1712


 

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