Laura Lein-Svencner

Collage: Sketchbook to Canvas

June 3-9, 2018 (Five Teaching Days)

Everyone wants to create a nice piece of artwork though it seems composition is the main stumbling block. In this workshop we will first work in a sketchbook with magazine papers exploring the process of how some compositions work and others don’t. Students can work in an abstract or realistic style, developing strategies to break through creative blocks with basic design skills. Emphasis on personal visual style will be encouraged. The process of paper palette making will be explored with surface techniques using acrylics, and mixed media on a variety of papers. Students use their own sketches as inspiration with the paper they have made to substrates of watercolor paper, canvas and wood panels. This process evolves into a study and series of your own artmaking potential. Application of all collage papers to the variety of substrates will be done with the fusion of heat by the tack iron method of collaging. Mixed media will be woven into the layers of paper sharing rich abstract storylines.

Laura Lein-Svencner resides in Darien, Illinois. She’s married with four grown children and a home full of loving creatures. Although she has studied drawing, printmaking, sculpture, and papermaking, her love of paper keeps pulling her back to the art of collage. She’s a member of many local and international collage groups and cofounder of the Midwest Collage Society and a signature member of the National Collage Society.

Laura’s has been working in the medium of collage for 23 years her work has been published in many North Light Books, Incite 1,2,3,4 AcrylicWorks 2 and 3, The Art of Expressive Collage. And a self-published book of her collage works-Tack Down Tuesday Abstract Mixed Media Collage. She exhibit through the Chicago and Western suburbs of IL and represented at Woodwalk Gallery in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin. Laura teaches her collage techniques at Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook, and other area art leagues and centers in Illinois.

This is a Studio Only Workshop.
Something for All Levels.

Workshop Fee plus tax per student:
If 12 or more students attend class (all teaching days): $590
If 11-10 students attend class (all teaching days): $610
If 9-8 students attend class (all teaching days): $630
Plus a $10 Material Fee
Room & One Dinner Fee plus tax: $457
(There are 6 nights' accommodations included in the "Room & One Dinner Fee" listed above.)
Cancellation Policy, Class Fees and Tiered Pricing Explained
A partial tuition scholarship is offered
Workshop Itinerary


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Workshop Itinerary

Sunday, 6/3
Check-In to your unit at Dillman’s (check-in time is 3:00)
5:00 Welcome Reception (included in package)
6:00 Dinner at Dillman's (included in package)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday 6/4-6/7
Breakfast On Own
9:00 a.m. - Noon Class in Session
Lunch On Own or Box Lunches can be ordered (pre-order required)
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Class in Session

Thursday, 6/7
1:00 p.m. Farewell Champagne Toast (included in package)

Friday, 6/8
Breakfast On Own
9:00 a.m. - Noon Class in Session
Lunch On Own or Box Lunches can be ordered (pre-order required)
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Class in Session

Saturday, 6/9
Depart - check-out time is 10:00

Optional Events - Sign Up Required / Subject to Change:
    Monday 5:30 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner

    Tuesday 8:00 a.m. Yoga
    Tuesday 5:30 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner
    Tuesday 7:00 p.m. S'more Roast (no charge)

    Wednesday Noon & 4:00 p.m. Pontoon Ride on White Sand Lake (no charge)
    Wednesday 5:00 p.m. Moondeer & Friends Gallery Tour (no charge)
    Wednesday 6:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner

    Thursday 5:30 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner

    Friday 5:30 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner

Dine-Around Dinners: Registration required at the front desk, meet at 5:00pm in the main lobby for carpooling.

Day students are welcome to attend the Welcome Reception and Farewell Reception (included in your package). You are also invited to join the class dinners (additional fee). PAL’s (Participants at large) can vacation at Dillman’s for $45 per night for accommodations. Costs for box lunches and dinners are additional.