• $995.00 – Program Price

Color, Light, Line, and Texture Hands-on Workshop 2018

With Denise Fleming, Ashley Wolff and Judy Schachner

April 26 - 29, 2018

Come play in paint, explore collage, dive into textiles during this hands-on retreat for everyone.

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

Using paints, paste and paper we will create drip papers, paste papers, 3-D illustrations, accordion books, gilded quotes, and vivid collage art in the style of Lois Ehlert.
How these various techniques can be used in illustration and in your personal projects.
Our special guest, Judy Schachner, will lead a workshop using her signature style of art.

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

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
Paste Paper, Denise Fleming
We will mix up a big batch of paste, add color to it, then make some simple tools to create patterns and textures using the colored paste on various papers. Paste Paper is often used in handmade artist books or for collage.

Friday afternoon

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 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
3-D illustration, Denise Fleming
Create a 3-D illustration by cutting and building up multiple layers of paper. Think silhouettes. Shadows are created by the placement of light on the illustration. Add color or leave the paper white.

Saturday evening
Accordion Books and Pocket Books, Denise Fleming
We will make mini handmade books using our paste papers.

Sunday morning
Critique and sharing

About the Leaders

Denise Fleming

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 painting—a paper making technique. Often the art is embellished with decorative papers, pastels, or copy transfer. Her work has received many awards, including a Boston Globe Hornbook honor, a Caldecott Honor, and the Silver Medal […]

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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 in Middlebury, Vermont, and holds a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design. Ashley is the author and/or illustrator of over sixty children’s picture books, including Baby Bear Sees Blue, Stella and Roy Go Camping, Baby […]

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Judy Schachner

JUDY SCHACHNER Judy Schachner was born into an Irish Catholic working class family from New England. Money was as tight as their apartment was tiny and though she may not have had the easiest of childhoods, she credits her imagination with helping her survive it. She can’t ever remember a time when she was not […]

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