Workshop Schedule

Catalog Updates

Our 2018 Summer Workshop catalog is published below!

Artful Gathering Workshops are traditionally priced from $55 - $150, depending on subject matter, instructor's teaching availability, and total run time of the video presentation.

Please check back often for updates as more workshop details and photography will also be added.

Workshop ENROLLMENT Opens On May 1, 2018

General Registration to Attend is OPEN now.

Sandy Babb Presents

Forever Family

(si-da-ne-la is Cherokee for family)


Presented by Sandy Babb
Session Two: July 16 - August 26

The concept of this class project is that of tribe/clan/family, that of roots, connection, and love. The elements used in this class, earthy stone, strong wood, fragile glass, and natural fibers that tightly bind represents the groundedness of family. Families are woven together in a colorful array of people and personalities (and sometimes a few loose treads) that results in a tapestry of beauty.

Beauty is an important part of the Native American culture, not just a matter of being surrounded by beauty, but being involved in the process of beauty, such as that of weaving. Weaving was and is not just a way of making cloth, textiles, baskets, or jewelry for pretty yet practical use or for adornment, it is an artistic expression rooted and grounded in love for the family. Cloth and textiles were woven to provide protection, covering, and comfort for the body. Baskets served a practical use for gathering, containing, and serving the family as extra hands. Jewelry symbolized ceremony and community.

A weaver working at the loom begins to tell a story that is written in color, feature, texture, design, and embellishment using beads and fibers. As the weaver sits at the loom to start a weaving a tale begins to unfold, it changes with each warp and weft, it moves and flows, the design as a whole becomes a form of communication that is so vital in family relationships. The chosen thread and bead language carry the meaning embedded in specific historical culture and familial context. Tribes/clans were often identified with specific color combinations or symbols that held special significance to that family unit much like today where we often identify with a birthstone of a specific gemstone type that holds a certain meaning for the month we were born in.

In this class we will be embracing these same concepts by weaving natural stone, wood, and glass beads and fibers into a timeless family piece inspired by the richness of the past. We will be making our own loom, learning how to design our bead and fiber story, basic bead and fiber weaving, as well as making meaningful small charms to make a stunning bracelet.

Tuition: $75

Penny McDonald Presents


Aiming for the Divine:
Relics of a Straight Shooting Woman

Presented by Penny McDonald
Session Two: July 16 - August 26


Do you collect things? Do you delight in the strange, the discarded, and the old? Have you ever wondered how you could use some of these weirdly wonderful items in your artwork? Have you dreamed of taking your art into the third dimension, perhaps learning to sculpt?

Join me in “Aiming for the Divine: Relics of a Straight Shooting Woman” this summer on Artful Gathering. We will pay homage to strong women of the old west while learning about reliquaries and some of the symbolism incorporated within them.

Using air dry clay, epoxy clay, plaster, texture, textiles and paint you will create your own version of a rustic arm reliquary. I will show you how to meld sculpture with mixed media assemblage techniques to create a unique work of art. The finished piece can be used as a ring holder and an option is included to incorporate a wearable piece of mixed media jewelry!

This class is suitable for all levels of students from the beginner to the experienced. I will take you on an in depth mixed media sculpture journey, guiding you step by step through the process. I will show you how to build an armature and sculpt a gloved hand; demonstrate making an optional removable and wearable reliquary out of found objects; demonstrate soldering, use of tools and construction methods; and teach you texturing and painting techniques. An alternate method will be demonstrated for those not wishing to solder.

I’m so excited to share the transformational process and experience of mixed media sculpture with you. Come with me and create something you may have never before dreamed possible!


Tuition: $115
DVD in-session student pre-order option will be offered at the close of this workshop.


Susan Lenart Kazmer Presents


Talismans Bracelet: 
Making Connections-Altered Surfaces

 Presented by Susan Lenart Kazmer
Session Two: July 16 - August 26

     Build a complete, unique and extraordinary Talisman bracelet using multiple techniques offered on my online workshop. For the first time, I am instructing in detail a complete collection of  techniques for working with metal sheet and wire, surface treatment on metal, altered surface, layering and riveting metal, use and altering of objects and lay out and design to give you a balanced and visually organized piece using multiple charms and layers.  Here are all of the steps to complete your complete and powerful Talisman bracelet.


    Add color, layer and style to your metalwork. Learn personal methods, formulas and techniques for altering, patterning and coloring the surface of  sheet metal.  Work with hand made traditional and nontraditional formulas to create colorful patinas and emulate artifacts from a lost civilization. Build dimensional pieces by dimpling, forming and cold join manipulation.



Combine layers of metal sheet, found objects and paper to create layers of negative and positive space to complete an unusual wearable charms, Talismans and pendants.  Focus on cold joining techniques such as riveting traditional, nut and screw, bundled objects to include paper paper.

Also, learn to add height and dimension by incorporating a technique using tubing which creates a hollow form. Learn clean up and finish work and altering and drilling found objects for attachment.  

Learn wire and forging techniques for solid attachment and movement in detail. Finally learn my techniques for organizing and completing your powerful bracelet.  This is an amazing process for building your metalworking techniques.


Tuition: $150
DVD in-session student pre-order option will be offered at the close of this workshop.

Keith Lo Bue Presents


Getting Attached:
Rivets Revealed, encore presentation

Presented by Keith Lo Bue
Session Two: July 16 - August 26


Whether you are making jewelry, sculpture or even fixing a broken object, there will be a rivet method aligned perfectly to your needs. And you'll be amazed at the range of materials than can be riveted: metal, wood, plastic – and even glass, ceramic, paper and stone! No previous metalworking experience is necessary to create these amazing connections.

Filled with Keith's unorthodox but common sense variations on traditional techniques, Getting Attached will show you in step-by-step close-up detail how to create:

Standard "double-headed nail" type rivets
Ball-head rivets
Flush and blind rivets
“Soft” rivets for fragile materials
Tube rivets
Mechanical rivets

Continuing Lo Bue's tradition of explaining the “why” as well as the “how”, you'll gain new insight and understanding into the materials you use in your creative endeavors. Plus his usual bevy of time-saving tips and tricks will have you rivet-ready and raring to go in no time. So put the glue away for a rainy day and endow your artwork with the strength, beauty and depth that only a rivet can provide!

Tuition: $150
DVD in-session student pre-order option will be offered at the close of this workshop.

Sandra Duran Wilson Presents


The Gift of the Raven: Awakening Your Muse

 Presented by Sandra Duran Wilson
Session Two: July 16 - August 26

Transform Your Art with Layers is an acrylic painting technique and process workshop that will result in a double painting (one mounted on top of the other). The process will inspire the novice and challenge the more experienced painter. I will venture with you from start to finish, through the twists and turns of building layers, creating textures and adding vibrant colors. I will hold your hand through the intermediate, not so pretty phase, and push you to let go of the preciousness of your process. You will emerge on the other side and be more confident in your color choices, compositions, tools and techniques.  I will walk with you through the steps, and for the more confident, I will suggest alternative choices and innovative ideas you may wish to follow.

I have written 6 books on art techniques and monthly columns for Cloth Paper Scissors and articles for Acrylic Artist Magazine. I bring my experience to this course to provide a rich in-depth process on how to add multiple layers that will result in very sophisticated artwork. The combination of the techniques, along with how to integrate the layers will inspire all levels of experience. The most unique aspect of this class will be how I work with you and guide you to become a better painter by turning off the negative critic and listening to your inner muse. The tricks and methods I share will challenge you to create beyond where you have gone before and help you develop the confidence to paint courageously. 

What you will learn in this class:

  • Color mixing and how to create vibrant colors with glazing layers
  • How to enhance your composition skills and learn about linking shapes
  • The ins and outs of working with acrylic gels and pastes-a valuable lesson in itself
  • Working with acrylic paint viscosities and opacities
  • Developing values in your painting
  • Working with crackle products
  • Design your own collage papers
  • Make your own stamps
  • Anytime transfer-some terrific tips for getting a great image transfer
  • Adding dimension to your painting with sculptural elements
  • Make a silver leaf skin
  • Creating both implied and applied textures
  • Integrating layers
  • How to use different brush strokes to get broken color, add highlights and depth with shadows
  • Priming, sealing, final finishes and hanging tips
  • So much more……

Tuition: $115
DVD in-session student pre-order option will be offered at the close of this workshop.

Michelle Belto Presents

Wish You Were Here!
Snapshots From the Road

 Presented by Michelle Belto
Session Two: July 16 - August 26

Join encaustic and mixed media artist Michelle Belto for a vacation to remember!  Armed with a healthy dose of imagination, a few art materials and some amazing “found friends and family,” we will document our adventures with personalized paintings.  Best of all, Michelle will show you how to create your paintings in both encaustic (hot wax process) and faux encaustic (acrylic). Those who love the look of encaustic, but don’t want to work with heat can find a satisfying acrylic alternative.

This workshop begins with our creating our own collage materials from found papers, such as old envelopes, recipes and book pages.  We will distress and age these papers so that every inch is interesting and useable.  With these uniquely designed papers and a handful of family or “found family” snapshots, students will create a story inspired by their own real or imagined experiences.  A variety of mixed media materials will be used to provide details, color and texture before applying encaustic or faux encaustic medium layers. 

With her detailed instructional approach, Michelle takes you from inspiration to finished painting in a way that facilitates learning that can be replicated over and over with different themes and subjects. Extensive handouts and an annotated material list makes it easy for everyone, even a beginner, to create stunning souvenirs of the journey.

In this class you will learn:

  • To create unique collage materials from vintage found papers
  • To prepare a canvas support for encaustic and faux encaustic painting
  • To use vintage found and family snapshots in an imagined story
  • To create depth and complexity through layers of wax or acrylic faux encaustic medium
  • To understand which mixed media materials work best on wax and acrylic to provide texture, detail and color
  • To finish paintings in both encaustic and faux encaustic to create a professional and pleasing look

Tuition $95
DVD in-session student pre-order option will be offered at the close of this workshop.


Roxan O' Brien Presents


Spirit Shield

Presented by Roxan O' Brien
Session Two: July 16 - August 26 

Roxan will lead students thorough a step-by-step process to make a spirit shield pendant using her colored pencil technique. She will show you how to make a unique necklace to hang your pendant from or just wear it from a chain. Even if you have never make a piece of jewelry before you will be able with a few tools to create a beautiful piece you will be proud to wear.  A more advanced student will find this project a way to hone their skills and learn a few new ones.

Here are the skills you will learn:

  • Proper tool use
  • How to use metal stamps
  • Texturing with a hammer
  • Patinas
  • Tips that make your work easier
  • Coloring technique using PrismaColor Pencils
  • Wire work
  • How to rivet
  • How to seal your piece
  • Designing techniques

Tuition: $95
DVD in-session student pre-order option will be offered at the close of this workshop.

Eva Sherman Presents


Metal Morphosis

Presented by Eva Sherman
Session Two: July 16 - August 26


Fusing is a wonderful way to add beautiful organic texture to your jewelry designs. Depending on materials, the possibilities are endless! I’m going to show you a few possibilities, but once the technique is mastered, you will want to create some of your own patterns and designs. In addition I will show you five different Jewelry projects incorporating fused metal. 

 Tuition: $75
DVD in-session student pre-order option will be offered at the close of this workshop.

Kim Beller Presents


Between the Pages:
Plaster Techniques and Visual Journaling

 Presented by Kim Beller
Session Two: July 16 - August 26

In this workshop, students will create a beautiful plaster covered journal, using plaster and other mediums. The book will be finished with the ancient Coptic binding technique, with easy to follow, step by step instructions.

Once the book-making is complete, students will learn a variety of visual journaling techniques to fill the pages. This is where the magic happens as you move on to the Visual Journal Exploration portion of this workshop!


Kim will share with you the many techniques, prompts, and inspirations she has used over her many years of her art journaling.

"When we trust our internal voice and let go of expectations, we open ourselves to a world of creativity and certainty- exploding with endless possibilities and knowledge."

The practice of visual journaling guides us and helps up to acquire insight and understanding of the creative process through raw, honest, vulnerable truth, which is in essence, captured on our pages. A constant element of change occurs as we move through the ebb and flow of our lives, and our journal offers a safe and sacred space to explore, unfurl, reflect, and bring forth change in our world."

-Kim Beller

Some of the techniques you will learn in this workshop:

  • Working with plaster and plaster gauze to construct covers for a journal
  • Coptic stitch book binding with kettle stitch
  • Techniques for embellishing plaster covers
  • Art/ visual journaling techniques
  • Collage and layering
  • Mixed media fun
  • Journaling prompts
  • Painting and drawing ideas
  • Using inks and paints to distress pages and covers
  • A bonus at the end!!

Tuition: $125
DVD in-session student pre-order option will be offered at the close of this workshop.

Gaye Sekula Presents


Let's Face It:
An Acrylic Portrait Workshop

 Presented by Gaye Sekula
Session Two: July 16 - August 26

This workshop is for beginner through advanced. The beginner will learn how to paint with Heavy Body Acrylics and the Advanced can apply their knowledge to my particular technique, which  is probably best described as “broken color”. (Official definition: “Broken color is the technique used by Impressionist painters in an effort to capture the actual sensation of the light! The length of brushstrokes can vary from painting to painting determined by the mood or feelings of the painter on that day.“)

The most common remarks concerning my work are on my use of brushstrokes and color.  The way I work lends itself best to what is called “Alla Prima”, loosely translated “the first”,  meaning the painting is done in one sitting, rather than over a period of days, weeks. Since this workshop is in acrylic, which dries quickly, Alla Prima is almost a given. But the more timid or fussy can work on it for as long as they want and, if they don’t get too fussy, the results will look the same. I think the speed in which they will be encouraged to work will be fun. Once they get over their initial fear they will have to default to intuition which usually brings very pleasant results.

I will explain why I recommend specific materials, demonstrate brushstrokes and palette knife techniques. Students will be provided with a reference photo which all will be asked to use for their first painting. I encourage each student to share the stages of development of this painting. Once students have completed the first painting, they are encouraged to paint from their own reference photo, with guidance and critiques offered along the way.  

I will cover how to varnish and frame, cover the ethical use of other’s photographs, give an overview of gallery and art organization’s policies, including what jurors look for in a good painting and will wrap up with what I feel are the most important things of all!


Tuition: $75
DVD in-session student pre-order option will be offered at the close of this workshop.

Kim Williams Presents


Whimsical Grotto Reliquary

 Presented by 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 cigar box into an art piece. Whimsical Grotto Reliquary is the second of a series of Reliquary classes I have developed for Artful Gathering.

This winter I presented Holy Divine Reliquary. Now I bring you a new version that is all about festive summer fun with a little "splash" of humor thrown in to delight your imagination. Like my winter class, we will deconstruct a simple box and redesign it to use as an alter or display.

Use your own art prints or collage work. I'll be sharing where I got my prints if you'd like to purchase them too.

Skills covered:

  • Sculpting
  • ICE Resin
  • ICE Enamels Collage
  • Deconstruction/Construction
  • Using found objects 

Tuition: $135
DVD in-session student pre-order option will be offered at the close of this workshop.

Paul Cristian Cordos Presents


Native American Jewelry Inspiration

Presented by Paul Cristian Cordos
Session Two: July 16 - August 26

Join wire bending artist Paul Cristian Cordos for this fun series of project demonstrations where you will learn how to create a feather shaped wire necklce, a hair pin, feather earrings, a brooch. All formed in wire!

Pat Stacy Presents


Pat's Patinas

 Presented by Pat Stacy
Session Two: July 16 - August 26

When I first started working with metal paints and patinas, I loved that idea that natural colors of iron rusting and copper and bronze turning blue and green could be applied to wood and canvas.  I had already begun to incorporate symbols and fine lined iridescent areas into my work.  It was natural that the 2 processes should meet.  I have loved the interesting textures and unpredictability of the chemical reaction between the paint and the patina.  It is impossible to create 2 alike.

Students will learn to use the metal paints, apply the patinas, and apply the fine line work and symbols to create paintings that are fun and meaningful to themselves and others.  It is fun to watch the surfaces turn colors as the patinas work their magic on the paints.   This class is well suited for beginners, and basics of using acrylic paints are inserted throughout the class.  Advanced students will want to add textures and experiment with combinations of patinas and textures.  The students will create a minimum of 3 small 6” x 6” paintings on wood cradles suitable for framing. Students are encouraged to do more if their time permits.

Students are asked to find symbols meaningful in their lives to incorporate into their work.  They may search any culture, combine cultures, or make them up to put in their work. They are encouraged to make the paintings have stories or meaning for them.  

Tuition : $85
DVD in-session student pre-order option will be offered at the close of this workshop.