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"The Magic of the Visual Journal"
May 7, 2024
 

Every artist should have a visual journal (aka a sketchbook) but once they have one, then what? Debi will share the ways she creates visual journals that act as learning tools, scrapbooks, travel memories and a storehouse for creative ideas! This class is perfect for students of all levels - you don't want to miss this one! In addition to the registration fee, students should bring a visual journal (new or old with blank pages), any memories or items they want to collage into their journal, and $10 cash to pay the instructor for the rest of the materials that you'll need, which she will provide for you.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Debi West
Cost: $40
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Mosaic Side Tables"
Thursdays, May 9-23, 2024
 

Join local mosaics artist Ryan McGivern for this exciting 3-week class where students will learn to create a beautiful mosaic side table suitable for a plant or cup of coffee! Price includes all materials, just bring yourself. We recommend long sleeves and pants and close toed shoes. This workshop is appropriate for students of all levels.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Ryan McGivern
Cost: $235
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Creating Layers, Creating Stories: Mixed Media Coptic Bound Art Journals"
May 17-19, 2024
 

Create keepsake journals with beautiful, handmade pages and covers in this engaging retreat. These all-inclusive 3 day retreats feature intimate group instruction (max 8 participants), serene Flint Hills setting, balanced schedule with instruction, work time, family style meals, free time and social gathering. Lessons will include cyanotype printing, block carving and printing, paper marbling, botanical printing, collage, collating and composition, and Coptic bookbinding.
 
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Instructor: Hollie Blakeney
Cost: $595.00
Sponsor: Flint Hills Arts & Happiness
Website, email, 785-840-7940


"Painting on Glass"
May 24, 2024
 

This fun workshop gives you the chance to play with glass! You will create your own 13”x 6” or 8”x 8” plate using glass as your canvas. No painting experience necessary! This is a fun workshop so bring a friend and create something new! Once you’ve finished your creations, Kathy will take them to her studio, fire them in the kiln and then return the finished plates to the Academy for you to pick up a week later. Students should bring $15 cash for materials the day of the workshop, which will be provided for you by the instructor.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Kathy Oda
Cost: $50
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Foundry: An Introduction"
Thursdays, July 11 - August 15, 2024
 

This course will cover all aspects of the foundry process. Demonstrations and hands-on instruction will be given in wax modeling and casting, ceramic shell techniques, bronze pouring, metal chasing, TIG welding and patination. All levels welcome. Note: Tuition includes a $65 lab fee.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Morgan Dummitt
Cost: $605
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Land Art and Mindfulness Workshop"
July 13-14, 2024
 

Nature can stimulate creativity and mindfulness, and likewise mindful creativity can amplify one’s appreciation of nature. Improve your ability to be conscious in and with nature by creating a temporary artwork in a natural setting using the materials found there. Making an artwork onsite not only amplifies attention to the beautiful details of one’s surroundings, but also the ephemeral, or impermanent, nature of land work releases the artist from preconceived ideas or pressures of making a lasting "product" so that they can be concerned only with creating in the moment. Students will create their works in Montgomery County's peaceful Fort Washington State Park, and afterward photograph it or make a short video to preserve the memory.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Colleen O'Donnell
Cost: $125
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Expressive Abstracts in Oil and Cold Wax"
September 28-30, 2024
 

This workshop will teach you how to paint with cold wax and oil in an abstract way. You will learn everything I know about this technique. We will work with several abstract compositions and learn about various materials, surface effects and techniques used to create unique pieces. Color harmony will also be part of this workshop. This workshop is geared towards the beginner to intermediate levels. Many demonstrations are given along with personal help and critique. Be sure to bring all supplies the first day!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Linda Benton McCloskey
Cost: $450
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Found & Gathered"
September 28 - October 3, 2025
 

Join me and immerse yourself in the creative process. The experience begins the moment you register as you source, find, and gather your own personal collection of papers, fibers, ephemera, and other bits & pieces that will become the basis of your creation. As the workshop begins and unfolds, we will gather together, both within the workshop space at The Connecticut River Valley Inn and at some special, local locations. You will spend your time transforming your treasures into a series of what might loosely be called artist books. Instruction will cover the range of techniques used in mixed media: surface designing, using paints and inks, hand stitching, book binding, rusting, dyeing, embossing, mark making, gel printing, collaging, creative layering, and more.
 
Location: Glastonbury, Connecticut
Instructor: Seth Apter
Cost: $975+
Sponsor: Artists Rising Creativity Retreats
Website, email, 860-633-7374


"Discovering Oil and Cold Wax"
October 12-17, 2025
 

Learn a non-traditional approach to oil painting or explore oils for the first time. Cold wax medium is an additive that thickens oil paint, speeds up the drying time (a bit), and neutralizes the paint so there’s no concern about “fat over lean” rules. We will be using R&F’s Pigment Sticks (compressed oil paints) along with tube oils to create paintings without brushes or smelly solvents. You will discover new tools and methods for creating rich and authentic small works on paper and Ampersand’s Gessoboard. With Arches oil paper as our primary substrate, you’ll have several paintings going at once. This workshop is fun, a bit messy, and will change the way you think about oil painting.
 
Location: Glastonbury, Connecticut
Instructor: Julie Snidle
Cost: $975+
Sponsor: Artists Rising Creativity Retreats
Website, email, 860-633-7374


"Paper and Book Artistry"
October 19-24, 2025
 

Open to students of all artistic levels, Paper and Book Artistry is for those who are ready to ditch perfection, get messy, and play with no rules. Roben-Marie’s teaching style is friendly and easy going with a focus on having fun and playing with supplies in non-traditional ways. Join Roben-Marie in a lovely historic inn located in The Connecticut River Valley for an inspiring and joyful workshop designed to help you with creative play, building up a stash of amazing art papers, and exploring the mixing of different mediums and journal making. Paper and Book Artistry is more than creative time…it’s time brimming with togetherness and friendship.
 
Location: Glastonbury, Connecticut
Instructor: Roben Marie Smith
Cost: $975+
Sponsor: Artists Rising Creativity Retreats
Website, email, 860-633-7374


 

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