Laura Lein-Svencner

Holistic Approach to Collage & Mixed Media

May 16-22, 2021 (Five Teaching Days)

Students will experience a daily practice of shared community with a morning talking circle, affirmation that lean into meditative collage sketching. These sketches will inspire rounds of paper surface techniques that build a collage palette. Allowing students to stretch to new awareness and growth. Everyone will be working with their feelings, learning to experience differences and the relationship of mind, body, and spirit through design skills. As we get older, we grow more self-conscious and begin to judge ourselves, believing art is not good unless it’s realistic. Collage, abstract-design and mixed media offer up a playful experimental atmosphere that is safe for all to find a deeper meaning to the art making process. Students’ collage works will be on watercolor paper and wood panels. The heat sealing method of ironing the papers in place will also be presented. Let us journey the vastness of our inner creative voices together.

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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: The Art of Expressive Collage, Incite 1,2,3,4 and AcrylicWorks 2 and 3, 6. As well as a self-published book of her collage works,Tack Down Tuesday Abstract Mixed Media Collage. She exhibits 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): $680
If 11-10 students attend class (all teaching days): $695
If 9-8 students attend class (all teaching days): $715
If 6-7 students attend class (all teaching days): $755

Room & One Dinner Fee plus tax: $535
(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, May 16
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 Room and Meal Package. $25 additional for day students.)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday - May 17-21
Breakfast On Own
9:00 a.m. - Noon Class in Session
Lunch On Own

Meals are on your own. All accommodations have cooking facilities. You may preorder box lunches and dinners for meals to be taken alone or with your group in: your studio, the lodge deck, cafe, or your accommodation. (Pre-ordering for lunches and dinners is required.)

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Class in Session

Thursday, May 20
NOON Farewell Champagne Toast (included in package)

Saturday, May 22
Depart - check-out time is 10:00

Optional Events - Sign Up Required / Subject to Change:
    Sunday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)
    Sunday 7:00 p.m. S'more Roast (no charge)

    Monday 8:00 a.m. Yoga
    Monday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)

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

    Wednesday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)

    Thursday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)

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 $40 per night for accommodations. Costs for box lunches and dinners are additional.


2021 COVID Precautions 

It is impossible to assess the impact, if any, of COVID-19 for the upcoming 2021 season, but all artists should be prepared to abide by the following measures while attending workshops.

  1. Participants must fill out a quick health questionnaire to make sure they do not exhibit any symptoms.
  2. Masks are required to be worn while in classrooms and shared spaces.
  3. Participants must also wash hands or use hand sanitizer at the beginning of each class and often during class sessions.
  4. Participants are required to stay 6 feet apart for social distancing protocols.

A floor plan per each of our three studios has been created to ensure that the artist tables and lecture area will allow people to socially distance themselves a minimum of 6 feet. 
In lieu of crowding around the artist during demos, a desktop camera system and large format digital TV screens have been installed in each of the studios to allow students a close up view of demos.
We will be providing students with hand-sanitizer at their work stations. In addition, the studios will be closed for 1 hour in the late evenings for a daily UV sanitation and touch surface cleaning.

Visit our COVID-19 update page for more information...