Color, Light, Line, and Texture Hands-on Workshop 2019

About This Event


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

Creativity is front-and-center at this open-to-all weekend. Everyone is welcome: teachers, librarians, writers, artists, and art lovers! NO previous art experience required!

What You’ll Learn

Using paints, paste, and paper, you will be encouraged to create!

We’ll look at how these various techniques can be used in illustration and in your personal projects.

Who Should Attend

Anyone who wants/needs a creative retreat!

Illustrators who want to try some new techniques.

Art teachers who’d like to learn techniques to bring back to the classroom.


Negative Painting with Watercolor

We’ll pour, drip and spatter, then seek out the nature imagery in the resulting color field using negative painting techniques. This technique will exercise both your loose and picky selves and result in glowing finished pieces.

Layering with Gouache

Never fear the blank white page-we will use gouache in it’s transparent guise to tone and establish a composition. Then, multi-talented gouache comes back in its colorful, opaque form and we can add layers until our pieces sing.

Collage meets portraiture meets Calligraphy

Using elements of calligraphy, painting, and collage we’ll compose lush self-portraits with personal mottos and symbolism.

Making Marks

Using a variety of tools we will make marks in foam to create a line art plate which we will print as an etching. Explore different types of line and patterns. Printed pieces can be used as part of a larger composition.

Pastel Painting – Landscapes

Bring a landscape photo for reference or a sketch the Highlights property. Turn your sketch into a vibrant color filled pastel painting using unexpected color. Different approaches and papers will be shared.

Mono Prints

Painting on gel plates and glass using natural materials and found materials as stencils and texture. Layering prints to create more complex images. Warning: this can be addictive.

Lauren Castillo will be our special guest. She will share her painted foam printing technique she used to create the backgrounds in her new book, Imagine.


Tour Denise Fleming’s Studio

7 Reasons to Attend

Guest Post: Dylan Teut–An Interview With Denise Fleming

Denise Fleming, featured at the Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast blog

Ashley Wolff: Channeling Sam Cannon

Faculty Interview: Denise Fleming

Ashley Wolff: Gouache over Black Gesso 101

Ashley Wolff: 2 Color Lino Block Printing

Video: Judy Schachner talks and draws with The New York Times Books.


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

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

“I went home exhausted in the best way possible, my heart full and my spirit rejuvenated.”

“Each presenter was excited about the subject, helpful, and the projects were fabulous. I love learning about the processes they use to make their art.”

“I came for the simple joy of creating. I learned that you really have to promote your work yourself and even when you are published, promote your books.”

Cancellation Policy

100% deposit refund for cancellation 30+ days before event.
50% deposit refund for cancellation 15-29 days before event.
0% deposit refund for cancellation 0-14 days before event.
The remaining balance (total price minus deposit) is due upon arrival.
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