Join us for a relaxing and fun weekend mixed media art retreat! The total registration fee is $350 but you can reserve your spot today for just $150 then you will receive an invoice for the remaining $200 balance due in February 2024. Space is limited to 20 participants so reserve your spot today!
Creativille: A Creative Gathering Friday-Sunday, April 19-21, 2024 Community Creative Center 505 W Spring Street Fayetteville, AR 72701
Your registration fee includes 4 half day workshops, all the tools and materials you’ll need for those workshops plus snacks, drinks, swag bags and more! You are responsible for your own travel, lodging and meals but we will provide you with a resource list to help with those arrangements.
Workshops and Activities
Meet and Greet Social
Friday night we'll have party snacks and beverages while we get to know each other! We'll talk about the upcoming workshops, meet our instructors, oooh and aaah over the swag bags and address any questions you might have.
An Introduction to Natural Dyeing with Rosemary Morris
You will be inspired to look at your surroundings in a whole new way by finding potential sources for natural dyeing in plants, foods, and spices. You will learn the role of mordants and modifiers as you experiment with household items that most of us have on hand. You will create a “Dye-ary” to record your findings and use as an artistic reference book.
Rosemary Morris from Fort Smith, AR discovered mixed media and junk journals 8 years ago. She realized she could incorporate her background in home construction and architecture into this art form. You can see that influence when she uses wood, plaster, and metal in her bookmaking and art.
You will learn to sew the buttonhole binding with a soft leather or vegan leather cover. This beautiful multi-signature book requires no adhesive and is the perfect book for beginners and advanced students alike. You will spend time adding your own flair to the outside of the signatures and the end sheets to create a final book that is unique to you.
Lesha Shaver from Fayetteville, AR holds an MFA in Poetry from Purdue University and is a practicing traditional hand bookbinder and member of the Guild of Book Workers. Her love of bookbinding and education began in Memphis where she took private lessons and continued in the form of an apprenticeship in Albuquerque, New Mexico at Against the Grain Books with additional advanced training at J&B Quality Bindery in Little Rock, Arkansas and the School for Formal Bookbinding in Plains, Pennsylvania. She opened Little Mountain Bindery in 2005 where she enjoys teaching community-based classes in traditional and nontraditional book arts and caring for books.
You will create a unique artist book with a vintage prison theme using cardboard, special gel printed papers and fun vintage images. You’ll be guided step by step through the creation of your book and decoration of the pages, even a jail cell on the cover.
Donna Joy is a mixed media artist from Fort Worth, TX. She has been making stuff ever since she could hold a crayon, needle and thread, scissors and paper. She did every fad craft in the early 70s which all led to her current favorite handmade mixed media books. Donna has no formal art training but has learned through a lifetime of classes starting with ceramics at the local rec center while in elementary school. After dabbling in a little bit of everything, Donna always comes back to her books. She loves coming up with a concept and seeing how
others put their own spin on it, always managing to inspire her in the process.
You will complete an 8x8 floral collage with hand painted papers on a cradled wood panel with guidance on composition and design basics for florals. You will also leave with a beautiful collection of hand painted papers and floral collage elements to use in future artwork, journals, and more.
Stacy Spangler is a mixed media artist from Goshen, AR. She has a love for creating fun, colorful art with lots of texture and layers. Her playful style has been greatly influenced by over a decade of teaching art to children. She has a passion for teaching and encouraging others to grow their artistic ability, embrace their own style, and use their creative talents to bring more joy into the world, and intentionally serve and glorify the hope we find in Jesus. She currently sells her artwork online and in retail boutiques and galleries in the South. She also teaches mixed media courses online, and in person through workshops and retreats. Stacy and her husband Shannon have three adult children and a grandson. In her spare time she enjoys entertaining family and friends, outdoor activities, reading, art journaling, attending sporting events and Bible studies.
Registration will close on March 15, 2024 or when all 20 spots have been filled, whichever comes first. Your registration includes a $50 non refundable administrative fee. If you must cancel your reservation, the remainder of your prepaid fees can be refunded up until March 15. There will be no refunds after that date but you may transfer your reservation to someone else.