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

A weekend of media exploration, excitement, and just plain fun!

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

Using unusual materials such as toothpaste, lotion, curtain panels, and special papers, we will create sun prints, simple silk screens, batik, pastel stencils, wax resist, negative paintings, and poured watercolors. We will work small, so everyone can complete a piece in each technique. We will discuss how these techniques can be used in book illustration along with a brief overview of book design.

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Preliminary schedule:

Color, Light, Line and Texture 2017

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Thursday evening 

Skype visit from surprise visitor

Prepare canvas for PAINT IT FORWARD

Friday morning 

CHANNELING LUCY COUSINS – illustration style – Ashley

We’ll force ourselves to leave picky detail in the dust by grabbing a full brush of black gouache and painting our own designs Lucy Cousins (Maisy) style. By adding vibrant solids and simple patterns along with whimsical collage elements, we’ll bring our characters to life.

Friday afternoon 

PULP FICTION – paper making – Denise

Tiny threads of colored fiber floating in water, poured on a screen create a picture and piece of paper at the same time. Paper making magic!

Friday evening 


Pastels that glide like lipstick across a textured page yield brilliant stripes and subtle blends. Control or abandon? It’s up to you.

Saturday morning Saturday afternoon 

PAINT IT FORWARD – Denise – painting technique

Paint It Forward – drizzle colored inks on a canvas. Watch the colors run and merge. See what image you can find. Then paint that image forward. Spooky!

Saturday evening 

Skype visit from surprise visitor

CHARACTER CUT UP – collage/drawing technique

Arrange and collage a collection of cut out noses, ears, hair, mouths, eyes, hands etc. to create a one of a kind character. A hoot! If you could bring a clothing catalog, people magazine, or fashion magazine that would be great but not necessary.

Sunday morning

Critique and sharing


“Ashley & Denise are a wonderful team & I would love to attend another workshop with both of them. The balance between studio work/explanation during the day & the talks at night was just right.”—2016 attendee

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

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  • Apr 26, 2018 - Apr 29, 2018 (4 days)


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