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

About us

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

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

at Highlights Foundation

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


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