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Susan Myers Presents

Something Wick'D: Making Eeriedescent Gleams of Fright
Susan Myers
S1-11 October 1 - November 31
Tuition $55

Join Susan Myers for some spook-filled fun as you discover the delight of bringing your own wick’d Eeriedescents to life! I will show you how these petrified candlesticks can be made using wooden candleholders that you’ll finish yourself, or vintage ones and flea market finds that are just waiting for one of these chillingly charming guys to be added to them. There’s fun to be had whichever method you choose!

Workshop will include:
-creating candlestick figures from paperclay
-prepping candlesticks for candle attachment
-painting & finishing wooden candlesticks
-sculpting faces in the look of melting wax
-explore various ways of bringing expression to a face, with an emphasis on fear (insert evil laugh here)!  


Susan Myers is a needlework and 3-dimenstional artist. While drawn to historical needlework tools and accessories as inspiration for her beautiful heirloom quality work, she’s also apt to create a design just because the thought of it makes her smile and she thinks others might find it amusing as well.

Before this she spent many years competing in the Oklahoma SugarArt Show where her breathtaking sugar flowers earned her invitations to write how-to articles on her creative techniques for American Cake Decorating magazine; as well as requests to teach locally and take part in demonstrations at various events.

Susan is an Artful Instructor, and Artful Assistant Administrator of Artful Gathering Online Art Retreats.

Joshua Werner Presents

It's Alive! Sculpting a Monster
Joshua Werner

S1-12 October 1 - November 31
Tuition $45

World-renowned horror artist Joshua Werner presents “It’s Alive! Sculpting a Monster”, a fun Halloween workshop where you will sculpt a realistic head of Frankenstein’s famous creation, for use as a Halloween prop!

In this workshop, you’ll learn the anatomy of the human head, layer by layer! And the best part is, no previous sculpting experience is necessary! In this fun and laid back workshop, you’ll be walked through a step-by-step process in creating a life size skull, layering the muscles over top of it, and then moving on to the skin. Full of all the horrific details of scars and stitches that you would find on Frankenstein’s monster! You’ll even learn painting techniques to make this Halloween prop finished and ready for display!

A great prop for the middle of the table, on a shelf, in the middle of a large bowl of treats, or best yet… As the head of a life size porch dummy for all the Trick-or-Treaters to marvel at! You’ll be learning from the monster man himself, Joshua Werner, and best of all, you’ll have FUN while you do it!

Josh Werner's horror credits run deep, including having created officially licensed artwork for films such as The Wicker Man and Night of the Living Dead, and gained international recognition for his artwork for Dracula, Nosferatu, War of the Worlds, H.P. Lovecraft’s The Tomb and Frankenstein or the Modern

Prometheus. He’s also authored such horror works as Adoration for the Dead, The Painting, and his werewolf historical fiction Rampant. And amongst his acting credits is even the upcoming feature “The Monster Show”!

So if there’s one thing Josh loves above all others… it’s making MONSTERS!

Cristina Zinnia Galliher Presents

Pumpkin Spirits: Fun and Play with Air Dry Clays
Cristina Zinnia Galliher
Oct.1 - November 31
Tuition $55
*optional kit offering

Put on an old smock or apron, get your table top covered with some plastic paper, get yourself some recycled butter containers or old Tupperware bowls, because we are going to be like mad scientists creating our own little Pumpkin Spirits in our artful laboratories!

You’ll be digging right into this process, hands on. No molds, just your imagination working hand in hand with detailed step by step demonstrations on how I make my pumpkins from start to finish. The variations shared in this workshop are completely up to you to explore and decide upon. Do you want to make your faces frightful, spooky, or just plain silly. It’s all up to you!

 To start with, we’ll be preparing our wooden stands which will support our form for our Pumpkin Spirits to stand on. We’ll discuss how to properly balance your form so that you can take the guess work out of what you will need in the early planning.

Once we complete our forms, I will show you how to mold and shape your very own Halloween Spirits using Aves Clay Shay and Aves Paper Mache. Both products come in powdered form, and the best part about this is that we’ll work with different consistencies and some secret applications!

We’ll also go over paint choices that can give your Halloween Spirits a vibrant complexion with a ceramic like finish.

I will demonstrate two trios of Pumpkin Spirits. The Pumpkin Patch Trio is done in Paper Mache, and is more primitive in style. The candy Corn Rrio will be made using Clay Shay, and this style will have a toothy grin and round loopy eyes! You can do both sets if you like!

We will also make pumpkin head ornaments because by the time we complete our standing pumpkins you'll probably be ready for more!

In this workshop you will learn:

  • How to prepare a sturdy and properly proportioned armature
  • Clay Shay and Paper Mache Mixing proportions
  • Options for your Basic Carving, Sculpting, and Finishing Applications
  • Standing doll and also (head only) ornament making

An optional kit is offered by a five star rated etsy seller, Bubble Tubes, should you wish to acquire wood base blocks with pre-drilled holes and the corresponding dowel sizes.

Clay Shay is a product by Aves Studio, the makers of Apoxie Sculpt and other fine artist and craft clays and a sponsor of Artful Gathering Online Art Retreats.*If you choose to use other powdered based paper mache products or paper mache brands, results may vary.


Cristina Zinnia Galliher is owner of Artful Gathering Online Retreats. She is a perpetual student of art, an enthusiastic instructor, and a full time nurturer of artful souls. For over ten years she has worked within the online art community, leading art groups, sharing art, instructing, hosting events and mentoring fellow artists along the path of their career.

Known to her art friends as simply, "Zinnia" she makes no apologies for being an artistic person and for following the many hills and valleys that go along with the journey!

Her teaching background includes countless video demonstrations in 3-D art, Art Journaling, Sketching, Folk Art, Mixed Media, and Altered Art. Her work has been published in magazines, theater play bills and instructional magazines.

She resides in Northern California with her husband of 20 years, two amazing kids, two fur baby German Shepherds, and a sweet flock of birds.

Melissa Belanger Presents

Fancy Schmancy Frosties
Melissa Belanger
Nov. 1 - December 31
Tuition $55
*optional kit offering

Join me in making these frosty little snow figures that won't melt anything more than your heart. I can't seem to stop making them & I'm excited to share the secrets of their sparkly charm with you! Here's a preview:

Secret#1: They're so super cute, glitzy, & cheerful that everyone that you know will want one--so you can make just one... but you may want/need to make a lot!

Secret #2: They are a little fussy/mussy to make but so WORTH it! (skill level intermediate) I will guide you through the steps to making them with easy peasy step by step instructions from me, a former art teacher & published craft project designer.

Secret # 3: Once you learn the basic construction of this figure, there are so many super cute variations of this project. I provide many inspiration example photos for variations from years of making & hosting holiday art shows. Never has "the more the merrier" been more true & your Holiday decor will definitely be the envy of all.

Secret #4: With quality materials & thoughtful making, these little snow figures will embody the charm of the holiday season. Also, I spill my secret sources for materials as well as the techniques that I have learned in 20+ years of making involving glitter & glue, integrating wood & textiles, & (my favorite!) figure making & painted surfaces.

Get your holiday groove on & learn more of my art secrets from this fun workshop!

Melissa Belanger. I'm a Midwest girl. Originally from the South side of the Northwoods of Wisconsin, I now live in Hudson, WI & have an art studio in a converted 1914 carriage house surrounded by gardens.

My background is in Art Education & Graphic Design with an emphasis in figurative sculpture. I started selling my artwork when I was 16 & moved on to gallery representation when I was in college. I taught middle school art briefly & spent 15 years doing visual merchandising at an art gallery. Last year, I finally became a full time artist!! Everything had changed a few years ago when my sculptures & art dolls started turning into colorful, textural paintings. Paintings are now my main focus, but I still can't resist making "achingly cute" figures based on the characters in my paintings.

I've designed projects for "Better Homes & Gardens Holiday Crafts Magazine" & have done demonstrations of my art for HGTV's "Crafters Coast to Coast".

Over the years, my paintings & figures have been displayed in galleries, juried shows, & boutiques throughout the Midwest.

I especially love Halloween & was honored to be a part of "Ghoultide Gathering" for many years. This year, I look forward to expressing my sweetly sinister Halloween-y side through "The Bewitching Peddlers of Halloween" & EHAG Emporium.

I'm so very excited to be teaching again & to be putting together a sparkly cheerful online class for my other favorite holiday. These glass glitter snow people are beyond "achingly cute" & I can't seem to stop making them! In the meantime, I continue to be inspired by the charm of the small river town that I live in & its proximity to "big city" sophistication. I think that my artwork & paintings embody this spirit: "cheerful simplicity with a retro-modern edge"

Kim Williams Presents

Holy Divine Reliquary
Kim Williams
Nov. 1 - December 31
Tuition $135
*optional kit offering

Elevating and transforming an ordinary object is one of my favorite pleasures. Don't we all have a stash of objects that we rescued from the trash heap? I certainly do! This class is all about giving a simple box the transformation treatment. This challenge allows you to discover in yourself what you can create from the most unassuming items. This was a skill that was a necessity when I was teaching high school theatre. I had to learn how to make props from found objects and to see the potential in the most mundane, unassuming...uh let's just call it what it is "trash"!

I will be working with some of the newest mixed media supplies and mix it up with some of the tried and true favorites. We will deconstruct the box and use every scrap of it to recreate a place for you to display your sacred objects. I will lead you through many joyful tasks from selecting your art image to transforming dull tin metal ribbon to gilded splendor. We will explore paper clay, gold leafing, finger painting with ink and using tiny beads to embellish the image you choose. Please join me in exploring my latest mixed media class for Artful Gathering, the Fall/Winter Season. Let us all take joy from elevating the ordinary to the divine!

Kim Williams. Salvage from the past to  make life richer in the present” is my mantra. A BA in Theatre Education and 30 years in the classroom has provided me with years of creative expression in all areas of design. In 2007 transitioning from teaching theatre to retirement came with some challenges. Desiring to channel creative energy, mixed with a little inspiration for the love of collecting antiques and vintage jewelry, sprinkled with a passion for fashion history all came together in a blinding bolt of lightening when I began a new adventure creating repurposed jewelry. I began taking jewelry and mixed media classes refining my style, which I describe as, Gypsy Vintage. In 2014, I was honored to be a member of the ICE Resin Creative Team.

Recently I have been teaching jewelry arts and mixed media classes at CobbleStones Bead Shop in Beaumont, Texas. Joining the Artful Gathering Faculty is especially thrilling having been a participant for the last few years. It is an honor to be included among such esteemed artisans as the Artful Gathering Faculty.

Hally Levesque Presents

Fancy Wee Winter Whimsies
Hally Levesque
Nov. 1 - December 31
Tuition $65

Do you love the Holiday Season? Do you like to sew and paint? Are you looking for ways to give your home or your gift giving that extra personal touch? Well then this could be the workshop for you!

Instructor Hally Levesque will show you how to make little primitive dolls as tree trimmers and stand alone stump dolls. These dolls are easy and inexpensive to make and all that is required is a sewing machine, acrylic paints, some brushes and a desire to go treasure hunting. Students are encouraged to shop at local thrift stores and to scoop up whatever they may have on hand around the house. Her philosophy is that a large part of the fun in making these little dolls is to use found items. Not only is it a great way to recycle, but it also adds an element of charm to these little creations.

Hally will guide you in the painting of six different folk art designs (each featuring a winter theme) that are easy to master and will give you a good launching off point to creating your own unique designs. So roll up your sleeves and get a start on the Holiday Season now.

Hally Levesque is a doll artist/enthusiast hailing from the Canadian prairies. Her love affair with dolls began in childhood and grew from there into a passion for doll collecting and doll making.

Her earliest doll making venture was in the area of bisque (aka porcelain) reproductions. It was there that she learned the basic skills of doll making and before long she began to follow her own creative visions by making sophisticated hand-crafted cloth dolls in historical dress. The response to her dolls was so positive that she set up a shop on Etsy where she continues to market her dolls to this day.

Over time, Hally has tried her hand at making various types of dolls. In 2012, she was invited to sell dolls at a handcraft gallery in her home town for the Christmas season. This marked the beginning of the primitive-style pancake and stump dolls that have graced many a Christmas tree and home during the holidays.

Hally’s current focus is on mixed-media dolls made of clay and cloth in both traditional and primitive styles. She is particularly intrigued with applying new techniques to the stump doll form which she believes has enormous potential for creative expression. “Dolls, in general, do not receive the credit they are due in the art world. In spite of the amazing work being done by doll artists around the world, many people are still quite surprised to hear the terms “doll artist” or “art doll”. When I tell a person that I am a doll artist, I am almost always met with a blank expression,” Hally laughs, “and yet, if I were to say that I am a sculptor or a painter, that would not be the case, even though as a doll artist I employ those skills and many others besides.”

Hally’s dolls have appeared in publications in the U.S. and Canada. She is also a member of Cult of Doll, a collection of original doll artists from around the globe. This is Hally’s third year with Artful Gathering Online Art Retreats and she is thrilled to be given another opportunity to share her passion for doll making with others. Examples of Hally’s work can be seen on her website: www.creativedollworks.com

Darlene O. McElroy Presents


Shrines Retablos Reliquaries and Everything Inbetween
Darlene Olive McElroy
Nov. 1 - December 31
Tuition $75

This class is about all how we as a people have honored a person, spirit, saint or event and have given thanks. By creating these special memorials, we are giving back, asking for protection, acknowledging the human gifts in our lives and saying thanks in so many ways. I did a lot of enjoyable research in order to give you the most comprehensive list that includes so many other and unique things that reach beyond shrines, retablos, and reliquaries. So learn a lot and have fun doing the five fun projects.<

There will be five 2D and 3D step-by-step projects that can be approached either traditionally or in a cool contemporary manner. These projects will guide you through the process of creating each piece. You will work with resin clay, Creative Paperclay®, Friendly Plastic strips, casting, and be given sources for obtaining the products used or to continue on with further research of specific subjects.

You will be learning about altars, shrines, ofrendas, spirit houses, garden shrines, road side shrines, pocket shrines, medicine bags, retablos, ex-Votos (2 kinds), milagros, reliquary, paper shrines, Momento Moris (jewelry, paintings, death masks, postmortem photography, hair art and tear catchers), cabinets of curiosities, and pocket museums.


Darlene Olivia McElroy. The richly textured mixed media paintings of Darlene Olivia McElroy reflect the vision of an artist whose involvement with man’s primal origins, sins, and religious conflicts has developed an imagery at once sensuously primitive and startlingly sophisticated. Weaving through textural surfaces, found objects, and rich symbolism, the viewer is drawn into a visual world where color plays the role of an atmospheric veil encompassing the personal myths of the artist.

McElroy, born and raised in Southern California, is descended from an old New Mexico family of artists and storytellers. She has been deeply influenced by the summers she spent growing up on her family’s ranch in Santa Fe where the rich tapestry of Hispanic life filled the nights and brightly colored the days. She currently lives in Santa Fe where she enjoys the skies, the color and the art.


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