Summer Workshops

Preview The Captive Queen

Queen of Everything

Queen of Everything 
Session One:
June 6 - July 17
Julie Ryen

Join Julie while she shows you how to create a wearable art pendant that can also be created as a decorative hanging. In this course Julie demonstrates her step-by-step techniques, in detail, while also providing tips for successful completion of your Queen. Multiple design options are presented including two sizes, small or large, three different fiber tassels and a variety of accents.
So many creative possibilities exist with the shrink plastic technique! Shrink plastic is used as accents within the Queen project yet they transition easily to standalone jewelry components or can be incorporated into other jewelry or mixed media projects – the possibilities are endless!

This course is technique driven while resulting in a completed whimsical jewelry design. Julie
will teach you all the standalone techniques that you will then combine to create your own
Queen whether you decide to design her as a necklace or decorative hanging.

This class is suitable for the beginner to intermediate student. As a beginner you will be working with a variety of mixed media supplies that can be used standalone or incorporated into other jewelry projects. You will learn the basics of jewelry design and connecting elements together using wire wrapping and other mixed media techniques.

There is no need for a collection of expensive jewelry tools – the basics are used.
Whether beginner or intermediate you will experience the joy of working with the shrink plastic product and all it offers. Julie has been designing jewelry for over 10 years and throughout this course she will provide you with all her tips and tricks learned through trial and error to assureyour success.

Within this course you will learn how to:

  • Work with a two-part resin, color, multiple pours and setting an image
  • Work with shrink plastic creating a variety of accents that will be used in your Queen
    design yet could be also used in standalone jewelry or mixed media projects
  • Learn to embellish or accent the plastic using colored pencils and stamps
  • Use templates, or paper punches for creating your shapes
  • Learn multiple ways to work with a two-part epoxy clay that can be used for securing and decorating elements
  • Create three different fiber tassel accents
  • Accent your fiber tassels in unexpected ways
  • Create a wire loop / weave accent
  • Letter stamp a message / title using small metal letter stamps
  • Wire wrap beads and elements together
  • Finish your project successfully along with multiple design considerations
  • Julie will share her tips and tricks for getting successful results working with shrink
    plastic, resin in open bezel forms, coloring resin, setting images under resin, and
    working with a variety of mixed media supplies.

Tuition $95
Kit: n/a
DVD: Available for pre-oder (ships March 2020)

Fin Folk

Fin Folk
Session One: June 6 - July 16
Karen O' Brien

In this workshop students will embark on a creative journey through the process of drawing and painting that begins with the inspiration all the way through to the finished piece.

You will experience the full creative process, which is more than just techniques. I am most excited to share concepts you can build on, as you develop your distinct style.

Whether just beginning or experienced, being able to approach a painting with authenticity and confidence in your choices will help you move forward in your artistic journey.  

The "bones" of how you approach a painting - where you get inspiration, what images and colors sing for you and how you tackle problems along the way all contribute to what makes your art unique.  

Learn ways to give yourself options, expand your "what if.." and move easily from drawing to the surface. I have experienced many students who are fearful of drawing, especially faces.

My approach is gentle, simple and can be addictive! I invite you to "dive deep" with me and explore what is waiting below the surface.

Included in this workshop:

Ways to develop characters and story 
Fun backgrounds with paint, image transfers and gel medium texture
Drawing imaginative faces and simple figures
Watercolor pencil techniques 
How to move from drawing to painting surface
Painting techniques using fluid acrylic paint & Mediums
Finishing touches
Ideas for your loose face drawings

Tuition $120
Kit: n/a
DVD: Available for pre-oder (ships March 2020)

Leonardo Loves Zia

Leonardo Loves Zia

Cristina Zinnia Galliher
***Session One - Session Two:
June 6 - August 26, 2019 Exclusive***

(Not available on DVD)

In this workshop, I want to take you on a journey of possibilities, where you can see how paper can be manipulated into one of a kind sculpting projects. No patterns or graphic images are used, we’ll start from the ground up. (I will provide head templates for reference).

My goal is to answer the question, how can we create our own sculpts and art works from every day materials, simplifying the processes as to how to express our ideas out of paper, clay, and glues before we paint them into works of art. The purpose is to engage our imagination by limiting the quantity of items we will work with. This is truly the nature of play, which leads to discovery and the potential for many new doors to open in your artwork.

I am teaching students how to form a girl and a boy jester doll and a variety of hats. I will show you how to create a stable standing pedestal bust, starting from the armature up. We will prep and paint our pedestals in a variety of ways, with two different styles to choose from; round or block. Students who are ardent instruction-followers will easily master the block pedestal style, while students who may desire a more ‘top heavy’ doll head will find complete freedom with the round pedestal style.

We will fashion our hats before we paint our doll heads, because I want to introduce you to the practice of thinking in paper! I’ll demonstrate how to make jester hats and gnome hats in different styles so you can make as many different hats as you like, learning as we go, many mixed media applications.


By the time we are ready to paint our faces, you will have most of your project completed!

In this love story, we must have flowers and we must have an artistically embellished bud vase to display them in (unless you like wall flowers and I’ve got that covered too).

Leonardo’s Lovegram ornament is a bonus project where we’ll be making a little clay heart with mini paper flowers growing up out of the top.

*Aves Paper Mache clay is recommended and demonstrated in this workshop. Creative Paper Clay can be substituted with Creative Paper Clay. I will demonstrate the differences on one doll head.



Tuition $120
Optional Kit: Yes, (while supplies last)
DVD: This workshop is not available for DVD.(This exclusive Artful Gathering 2019 workshop, open June 6 - August 26)

Spirit of the Circus

Spirit of the Circus 
Session One: June 6 - July 17
Penny McDonald

This is a fun, technique packed workshop, filmed as though students are standing behind me and watching over my shoulder as I create.  I will guide you from idea, to concept sketch, and on to completion of a darkly whimsical fairy godmother of the circus and her three enchanting performers.

We will literally play with cast off toys as we discuss possible stories for and imagine the "why and how" of these characters.  We will then use the magic of mixed media assemblage as we bring them to life, transforming them into an enchanting, interactive piece of art.  I will show every step and give detailed instructions and demonstrations.  You will be in the studio with me, in an almost real time experience. 

I will teach you how to think through the making your wall doll/shelf out of foam core and how to make it surprisingly sturdy.  I will also discuss other options and describe how those options could be used.  I will show you how to use my scale drawings and measurements to draw and cut out your own Spirit.

We will dress our Spirit in a combination of different printed fabric scraps and our very own custom painted canvas panels. We will then make a skirt/tent that opens and closes to either shield or show off our performers!  We will be on the journey together; I will even guide you through any "happy little accidents" and show you how to recover, adapt, and move forward.

Beginner to advanced students will learn the following:

  • How to utilize foam core, caulk and plaster infused fabric to construct a shelf/doll;
  • How to attach a flat backed or mask type doll face;
  • How to use epoxy clay as both a "glue" and a sculpting medium;
  • How to sculpt the doll's torso and neck;
  • How to select, clean, prepare and cut down/add to different types of toys;
  • How to reassemble and/or add sculpted details to the toys;
  • How to determine proportion and scale;
  • How to create a palette of nostalgic circus colors;
  • How to paint circus inspired designs and make up;
  • Fabric distressing techniques;
  • How to sculpt simple flat backed hands for the doll;
  • How to incorporate paint/texture techniques to simulate age and wear,
  • How to construct a wig for the doll using wire, fiber fill, and yarn;
  • How to combine completely unrelated items and make a totally cohesive work of art!

Tuition $110
Optional Kit: Yes (while supplies last)
DVD pre-order option (March 2020 delivery)


Lyn Belise by Special Request

Lyn Belisle: Favorites By Request
***Session One - Session Two:
June 6 - August 26, 2019 Exclusive***

(Not available on DVD)

Lyn Belise is on sabbatical this spring, but we are bringing you two of her beloved foundational workshops in mixed media for those who have not experienced her approach to creating no-fail, personal artworks.  This special combination class truly has something for everyone at any level in is six hours of video instruction.

The first class, Artful Faces for Adornment, gives step by step directions for making Lyn’s signature Shard Faces. You will learn the basics of molding and making original small faces and other components for use in your mixed media projects. This class also shows you three easy projects which make beautiful use of the faces - a small art-to-wear collage backed with a magnet, an embellished, enchanting artful journal, and a felt pocket pendant ornament that can be both worn and hung as a small wall hanging.


Next, you will be inspired by a Collage on Canvas workshop that covers absolutely everything -- creating and attaching three-dimensional objects to canvas, using phototransfer on fabric, making your own “aged-with-love” objects, color mixing with acrylic paint, and so much more. This class has never been published on DVD, and it is a treasure.

Lyn will be available to guide you in this combined mixed-media exploration. If you haven’t taken a class from her, it’s an experience you shouldn’t miss. And if you have, you will truly enjoy working with her again in “Lyn Belisle: Favorites by Request.”

Tuition $110
Kit: N/A
DVD: Not available. Online only.

Illustrated Watercolor Journaling

Illustrated Watercolor Journaling
Session One:
June 6 - July 17
Hannah Ineson

Beginning and intermediate students welcome

Join Hannah Ineson for a fun-filled creative workshop where you will explore the fun and freedom of watercolor journaling pages that can be applied to recording your life through illustrations of objects, places and things all around you.

Journaling topics might include travel or vacation memories, illustrating poetry or song lyrics, gardens, farm markets, food, your home town and much more.

Students who are new to journaling may think they need a lot experience in drawing or watercolor but find it is much less intimidating than creating a painting.

One of the benefits of journaling is that it is just for you, not a public audience (unless you want to share it!). You can express yourself freely, with drawing and painting that suits your skill level.

Drawings are symbols and may range from whimsical to sophisticated depending on your experience and style.

The color you add also will reflect your own personal style - there is no right or wrong when it comes to journaling!

My approach is to start with basic materials and simple skills, including lettering, drawing and watercolor, taking you step by step through several sample pages, until you begin to feel confident enough to tackle other subjects of interest to you.


Intermediate students will also enjoy this class, as my approach is flexible and there are new things here that might inspire you to take journaling to a new level.

Painters also may use a journal to develop plein air skills, and sketch ideas to carry out in the studio.

Whatever your skill level, everyone can create a personal work of art to enjoy for years to come.

Tuition $85
Kit: n/a
DVD: Available for pre-oder (ships March 2020)

All Cracked Up

All Cracked Up
Session One: June 6 - July 17
Roxan O' Brien

Come join me for a fun video creating texture and color with crackle medium for jewelry. I have created this 7 hour video that teaches you not only this new technique but good jewelry skills. I developed this process because I love working with metal but always wanted to add more color and texture to my work and crackle medium is a great choice to do both.

This crackle process is unpredictable, and you never know what you will end up with, but it is always beautiful, and it is so much fun to watch it develop into wonderful cracks and color. Be one of the first to learn this beautiful technique and impress your friends and family with a unique piece of jewelry.

 This process is fun and easy for beginners as well as the more advanced jewelry maker.  In this video I will be teaching you three different techniques using Korma crackle medium. The first one is just the basic crackle medium process, the second one we will use sand to create more texture and the third one is using small reflective beads.

After we have created the pieces using the three different crackle medium techniques, I will show you three different ways to set them in copper. For the more advanced jewelry maker we will use a jewelry saw with a template and for the beginner and intermediate jewelry makers we will be using an easy to do setting, so there is something for everyone.

Tuition $135
Optional Kit: Yes, (while supplies last)
DVD: Available for pre-oder (ships March 2020)

Steeling Beauty

Steeling Beauty: Chains, Clasps, and Forms in Steel Wire
Session One: June 6 - July 17
Keith Lo Bue
Encore Presentation

In the search for interesting materials with which to create, the greatest surprises can come from the most unexpected quarters. Take, for example, a cheap, ubiquitous and unassuming roll of steel wire, sold for use in the construction industry.

With some simple tools and layman-ready information, this mundane material comes thrillingly to life. Super-strong, versatile and - best of all - beautiful, this amazing wire can perform like no other material can.

Join internationally-known artist and found-object 'stuffsmith' Keith Lo Bue as he delves into the world of steel wire creativity. Whether you're interested in jewelry, sculpture, mixed-media, textiles or any number of other creative pursuits, STEELING BEAUTY will provide in-depth information and instruction on safely, efficiently and properly working with and caring for this magic stuff.

Learn in detail how to create chains, links, bails, clasps, structural forms, settings and more. Filmed in Lo Bue's Sydney studio, you'll feel like you have a benchside seat from the comfort of your own home.

So learn to create beautiful things with steel wire from one of the artists responsible for bringing it to a mainstream audience and making it such a popular alternative to precious metals.

Tuition $150
DVD: order for immediate delivery after event is concluded August 26. Orders are made directly from Keith Lo Bue

Session Two

Beyond the Imaginarium

Beyond the Imaginarium: A Compendium of Holiday Merriment 
Session Two: July 16 - August 26
Mary Jane Chadbourne

Suitable for beginner to advanced students.

This new workshop will take you way beyond the original and very popular, “Imaginarium – Anthology of an Art Doll” class with creating all sorts of dolls who will help you ring in the holiday season and with plenty of time to not only enjoy the creating, but be ready for the holidays ahead of time!

This class will take you to new explorations and learning fun techniques!  The first part of the class will be creating a tall Santa and his Elf….a whimsical pair that compliment each other and put a smile on everyone’s face.  Completed with mixed media adornments and no limit to where these techniques will take you and the creative fun you will have along your journey!  There will be new techniques added in this class, along with some favorites of mine from the original class.

The second part is creating my “Deerly Yours” block dolls.  We will explore techniques in watercolor painting whimsical faces incorporated with collage.  Dressing the “deer girls” will give us the opportunity to work in collage, painting and more mixed media techniques!  Each one is truly different and original….all with carrying a festive holiday message. 

I love the holidays and creating for them has been a favorite of mine for over 40 years….hoping you will join me in a holiday compendium of merriment making and creativity!

In this workshop:

  • Collage compositions
  • How to work successfully with collage
  • Painting applications for wood
  • Working with watercolors and acrylics
  • Sculpting and creating arms for dolls
  • Creating doll faces
  • Working with modeling paste
  • Creating a transfer technique for a face

 And many more techniques and applications!

Tuition: $120

Required Kit: Yes, (while supplies last)

Will ship internationally. (instructions inside classroom after registration is completed for this class).

*Dimensions are shared for the Dearly Yours dolls if you wish to woodwork your own pieces.

DVD: Available for pre-order (ships March 2020)



Session Two: July 16 - August 26
Leslie Marsh

I’ve created hundreds of books over the years, but this is the one that I’d be lost without.

Whether you’re using it to record memories, keep track of your daily schedule, or simply jot down notes, Wanderlust is an excellent companion.The design is simple but elegant.

Participants will create a rich 8” by 10” leather (or other material) journal cover that can easily hold up to four replaceable inserts.

I will demonstrate how to make pamphlet stitched book inserts which can remain blank or be stitched into a calendar using the pdf files I supply. I will also show how to create a zippered pencil bag insert. If students prefer to buy their inserts and calendars rather than create their own (now or in the future), Moleskin makes notebooks and calendars that fit nicely inside of the cover.

Speaking of the cover, it will be embellished with an embossed pewter or copper framed photo which students will design and create. I will share several painting techniques that can be used on the insert covers and/or pages during our time together.

Wanderlust can hold a calendar, planner, sketchbook, and journal — four inserts of the owner’s choice, and will become a treasured companion not often left behind.

Tuition $135
Kit: n/a
DVD pre-order option (March 2020 delivery)


The Captive Queen

The Captive Queen 
Session Two: July 16 - August 26
Elitia Hart Tuition

Our Captive Queen Project starts by creating a paper-mache bird with basic supplies. Our bird queen will be clad with silver leafing. A beading mosaic and epoxy clay technique will shape her wings and legs. 

The pedestal with rounded feet boasts a silver leafing technique and each of the four sides will be decorated with embossed lead free pewter sheet.

The metal embossing techniques detailed on each side of the cube includes engraved and embossed lettering, high and low relief embossing, as well as a paint, ink and chemical oxidizing patina. 

Techniques for this class:

  • Metal Embossing-Three key tooling techniques including lettering on metal and cut-outs
  • How to easily create a paper-mache bird with simple supplies
  • Silver or gold leafing process with application on metal and wood.
  • Beading Mosaic - with epoxy clay technique in sculpting and embedding.
  • Various Oxidizing Patina and Paint Techniques
  • Mixed media tips and techniques on combining metal with paper backgrounds.

This class is appropriate for beginners, intermediate or advanced students. Beginners will learn a variety of tooling techniques in metal embossing and mixed media from the ground up, intermediate and advanced students will learn my personal techniques to add to their existing knowledge.

Tuition $125
Optional Kit: Yes, (while supplies last)
DVD: Available for pre-order (ships March 2020)

Living Watercolour

Living Watercolours:
Get in the Flow
Session Two: July 16 - August 26
Julie Schroeder

Discover your inner artist!

Come along & have fun experimenting with a variety of watercolor techniques and materials as you paint vibrant & glowing wilderness scenes. Julie will share her indepth methods over the course of creating six different art projects.

Before getting started, Julie shares detailed information on the materials used, brushes, palette and paper, before moving on to how to fill up your paint palette with paint. There are two colorful warm-up projects to loosen up your creative muse, and then you are off to start on your watercolor adventures.

Her hands on approach to teaching means Julie will be avialable in the classroom to provide feedback on student work in order help you to discover your strengths and develop the inner rhythm & melody of your own unique voice as an artist.

Tuition $125
Kit: n/a
DVD pre-order option (March 2020 delivery)


Whimsical Grotto Reliquary

Whimsical Grotto Reliquary
Session Two: July 16 - August 26

Kim Williams
Session Two: July 16 - August 26

Elevating and transforming an ordinary object is one of my favorite pleasures. Nothing excites me more than to alter an unassuming object like a craft box into a special memory piece of art. A reliquary can be any kind of special shrine or container that has a variety of meanings to many different cultures. In this class we are going to explore the wonders of the ocean taking a whimsical approach to the symbols and meaning that it holds for you.


Borrowing from the Victorian time period, when shell art was popular, we are going to apply modern and current techniques. You will incorporate your own symbols and memories, stage a personal photo or you might place a mirror in the background and decorate the box with found items like seashells, driftwood or pearls. The result will be a lovely moment captured in time to display and enjoy. Your imagination is free to express the sentiment and significance of a day in your life, a moment shared, or a memory you would like to preserve. 

We will create a little reliquary shrine out of simple and easily obtainable objects. I will demonstrate:

*techniques of design
*how to deconstruct your craft box and reconstruct it using every bit of the box 
*make a shelf to display your sentimental objects 
*how to make a marquee to give the box more surface to decorate
*how to use paper clay to create seahorses, mermaids from patterns I provide  
*how to install the background image and I will give you some sources for images 
*the fun of placing shells in a decorative design
*how to add texture with micro beads

Tuition $95
Kit: n/a
DVD: Available for pre-oder (ships March 2020)

Special Dates

Hedge Maze

Hedge Maze: Into the Creative Process
Session Two: July 16 - August 26
Keith Lo Bue

*Registration Opens June 30 

 The choices we make in our creativity set a process in motion that can be equally thrilling, intriguing, personal and mysterious. In his latest 
art-making video workshop, you'll join renowned found-object 'stuffsmith' Keith Lo Bue in the sanctum of his studio as he fearlessly ventures into the creative unknown, revealing secrets andinsights into the creative process.

How often are you able to sit back and really see an artist's imagination play out in real time? Here's the chance to do just that, and so much more, as you pore over found treasures collected over decades in search of the next piece in the puzzle. Then using an arsenal of cross-disciplinary techniques, you’ll watch how Keith merges these materials together into a finished piece of complex artwork.

Known for his top quality high-definition video production, original commissioned music and painstaking editing, Hedge Maze will be a true feast for the senses.

A workshop like no other, where the only supplies required are your eyes and your curiosity, Hedge Maze departs from the usual how-to format and takes you directly into the creative moment, where inspiration and chance meet.  It's a rare and intimate opportunity for anyone, regardless of experience or background, to witness a lifelong maker at work. Through Keith's successes and failures, you'll ignite your own imagination and creativity.

Entertaining, inspiring and fun to watch while challenging his and your expectations, Keith coaxes new life from old materials and can spark you to do the same. Come let him be your guide through the maze!

Tuition $150
Kit: n/a
DVD available directly through Keith Lo Bue at StuffSmith Studio by December 2019

Spirit Art Dolls

Spirit Art Dolls & Sugar Skulls
July 16 - August 26
Griselda Tello
*Registration Opens June 30

Making art dolls, specially Sugar Skulls and Dia de los Muertos Spirit Dolls is not always a familiar term for people taking an art craft workshop. Spirit Art dolls or any type of art doll “is born” out of the need to create an object of beauty designed to decorate a room, a personal altar or to facilitate an inner desire to express in a more personal and meaningful way by honoring through art the life of those who have gone before us.

With this workshop I wish to share with my students the traditional celebration of life I learned while living in Mexico, by demonstrating several techniques to make Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Spirit Dolls as well as colorful Sugar Skulls. I have been inspired to create Spirit Art Dolls as a means of relaxation, I love the process of sculpting with polymer clay and working with textiles to make a doll inspired by ancient cultures, folklore and nature. At times I use repurpused materials available to me  from my very own closet or kitchen (like we will do on this class with a whisk) just adding a bit of magic.

I believe this class will offer the student an opportunity to tap into the subconscious mind, because once you are comfortable with the use of everyday objects and art supplies the task of creating a Sugar Skull Spirit Art Doll becomes almost an intuitive process and the benefits are without question enjoyable. 

My workshop and classes are suitable for beginner and intermediate students providing they have some experience with making polymer clay faces from a push mold, if that presents a problem they can buy my kit which I will make available at my Etsy shop.

  1.  Within this class you will learn how to:  

    • Design the sugar skulls for 3 dolls as well as the basics to develop your own style.
    • Learn how to use acrylics as if you were painting with watercolors, light and simple.
    • Learn to design the sugar skull with a Sharpie 
    • Learn multiple ways to decorate the Sugar skull from two tone black and brown to color
    • Painting and Finishing three different Sugar Skull Spirit Art Dolls
    • Learn to assemblage a figure supported by a kitchen whisk 
    • Lean how to weave a basket or nest with yarn and the whisk  
    • Learn to build the body with tattered cloth, embellishments, yarn, silk flowers and fibers
    • Letter to find beautiful materials from unexpected places
    • Learn how to make jewelry for your own doll with wire and beads
    • Learn about the origin of the Sugar Skull, Dia de los Muertos tradition.
    • Plus a "secret" bonus project!

Tuition $120
Optional Kit: Yes, (while supplies last)
DVD: Available for pre-oder (ships March 2020)



Be sure to enroll in our General Registration area so that you can access our private pages and long-form descriptions of our workshops and materials lists, and giftie classes.


We hope you will enjoy browsing through our catalog page of online workshop presentations for our summer 2019 presentation of Eyes Wide Open.

For this year's theme, we have asked our instructors to extend their filming time, where possible, in order to reveal a broader picture of their creative processes as it is applied to their art subjects and projects.

One of the most validating video demonstrations enjoyed by visual learners is when students can see the sometimes painstaking efforts that go into the process of creating a project, watching it develop from start to finish. When much of this process is edited out of the final cut, it can presume that  the process is effortless. 

Most times, an artist skills are developed through years of practice, so that the how and why of a process is sometimes omitted from every day presentations, in order to save class time.

We think that the how and the why information is important to share in our classrooms, that stumbling is a natural part of learning for everyone, and that omitting important steps of the process, even the ugly ones, really doesn't paint the whole proverbial picture!

Your instructor is also a lifelong student so we already have so much in common besides our passion for creating.

How might you apply the lessons you learn in one class, to another medium you are working with? For example, how would you combine paper art with metal art? Those answers can be better understood by watching the how and asking the why, in order to strengthen your knowledge base.

This doesn't mean that our workshops are going to explain the mundane processes of paint drying, instead it means that you can decide to speed ahead through the steps you are familiar with, while lingering on steps that fascinate your curiosity and inspire you to try something new, perhaps, from a whole new perspective!

Your instructors will be checking in with you frequently to see how you are progressiong. We do hope you will share photos of your progress inside your classrooms and ask questions.

Please read the workshop descriptions thoroughly since we have a few exclusive presentations this year which are not offered on DVD.


Cristina Zinnia Galliher Creative Director, Artful Gathering

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