Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Handquilting"
June 1, 2019
 

Enjoy the contemplative, meditative process of handquilting, a practice that our grandmothers experienced in their everyday life. In this class we will learn to rock the thimble to quilt layers together, as well as seeing many examples of both modern and antique quilting. We will make a small needlebook or pincushion. All participants under the age of 16 need to be accompanied by an adult.
 
Location: Donaldson, Indiana
Instructor: Kathy Thomason
Cost: Member $30; Non-member $35 (Materials included)
Sponsor: MoonTree Studios
Website, email, 574-935-1712


"Cast Glass Tiles"
June 8, 2019
 

Participants will explore the relief castings using special refractories. Working from a neutral base, stacking colored sheet glasses to create a block design, then cutting, shaping and filling voids with powered glass, each participant will design three high relief tiles. In addition, each tile will be mounted on a rustic base of barn wood. All materials and tools to complete the exercise are included. Firing of projects will take place in my studio and returned in approximately one week. All participants under the age of 16 need to be accompanied by an adult. Please bring a sack lunch.
 
Location: Donaldson, Indiana
Instructor: Gloria Badiner
Cost: Member $160; Non-member $170 (Materials included)
Sponsor: MoonTree Studios
Website, email, 574-935-1712


"Garden Banners"
June 22, 2019
 

”When the breeze blows prayer flags, harmony, happiness, and good fortune are spread among all living beings.” With Jane Everhart’s guidance, we’ll practice traditional Chinese characters, such as moon, tree, land, sky, flower, and wind using traditional Sumi materials. This introduction will prompt our thinking about abbreviated ideas and images for garden banners. We’ll take a Nature walk around MoonTree to look for color and gather natural materials. Then we’ll translate our impressions into images on muslin. The banners you create will dance and interact with the breezes, the wind, or the stillness near your garden or patio. Wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes. All participants under the age of 16 need to be accompanied by an adult. Please bring a lunch.
 
Location: Donaldson, Indiana
Instructor: Jane Everhart and Sister Mary Baird PHJC
Cost: Member $40; Non-member $45 (Materials included)
Sponsor: MoonTree Studios
Website, email, 574-935-1712


"Process Painting: An Invitation from Creativity"
June 28-30, 2019
 

Using tempera paint and paper, process painting allows spontaneous expression to deepen the connection between the painter and the Divine. The emphasis of process painting is internal, not what appears on paper. All participants under the age of 16 need to be accompanied by an adult.
 
Location: Donaldson, Indiana
Instructor: Karen McClard
Cost: Member $225; Non-member $250 (Includes materials and lunch each day)
Sponsor: MoonTree Studios
Website, email, 574-935-1712


"English Paper Piecing"
July 13, 2019
 

Learn how to make English Paper Pieced hexagon rosettes, fussy cut to make patterns pop, applique them to a base fabric, and hand quilt to showcase your rosette. Participants will make a small needlebook or pincushion. Participants under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
 
Location: Donaldson, Indiana
Cost: Member $30; Non-member $35
Sponsor: MoonTree Studios
Website, email, 574-935-1712


"DSLR Basics"
July 13, 2019
 

In this experience, you’ll learn the basics of how to use the adjustable controls of your DSLR camera (f/stop, shutter speed, ISO, and focus) to creative effect. We’ll explore the basics of great composition, stop action techniques, and other elements that distinguish a great photo from a banal one. Your camera has a lot of adjustable controls. You will learn to use them to create effects. Participants under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Materials needed: camera. Bring a sack lunch.
 
Location: Donaldson, Indiana
Instructor: Barbara Allison
Cost: Member $50; Non-member $55
Sponsor: MoonTree Studios
Website, email, 574-935-1712


"Clay with Rhonda"
July 17, 23, 31, & August 6, 14, 20, & 28
 

In this introductory ceramics class, you will learn the fundamentals of wheel throwing and handbuilding to find your own unique expression with clay. You will learn how to create functional and nonfunctional works. From making a mug on the wheel to creating a box with slab work. You will be shown at least one demonstration per class and learn the fundamentals of how the medium works and how to connect to the process to help you express your inner voice. Participants under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.
 
Location: Donaldson, Indiana
Instructor: Rhonda Skinner
Cost: Member $135; Non-member $145 (materials included)
Sponsor: MoonTree Studios
Website, email, 574-935-1712


"Acrylic Pouring"
July 27, 2019
 

Create an abstract work of art with this free-flowing painting technique that involves pouring acrylic paints directly onto canvas to produce mesmerizing designs. Participants under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
 
Location: Donaldson, Indiana
Instructor: Jayne Jacobson
Cost: Member $40; Non-member $45 (Materials included)
Sponsor: MoonTree Studios
Website, email, 574-935-1712


"Intro to Tunisian Crochet"
August 10, 2019
 

This is a half day experience and follows an Introduction to Crochet. What looks like knitting or weaving but isn’t either one--Tunisian crochet. In this experience, we will start from the beginning, including making samples of various stitches, learning to increase and decrease and read written patterns. Chain stitch and single crochet stitch is necessary. Intermediate participants.
 
Location: Donaldson, Indiana
Instructor: Jo Hoffacker
Cost: Member $35; Non-member $40 (Materials included)
Sponsor: MoonTree Studios
Website, email, 574-935-1712


"Zentangle Basics: Anything is possible…one stroke at a time"
August 17, 2019
 

The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. It is simple to understand and easy to enjoy – even if you are convinced you are not an artist. Almost anyone can use it to create beautiful images. It increases focus and creativity, provides artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal well-being. At first glance, a Zentangle creation can seem intricate and complicated. But, when you learn how it is done, you realize how simple it is. Then, when you create a piece of Zentangle art, you realize how fun and engrossing the process itself is. All participants under the age of 16 need to be accompanied by an adult.
 
Location: Donaldson, Indiana
Instructor: Valerie Reilly
Cost: Member $50; Non-member $55 (Materials included)
Sponsor: MoonTree Studios
Website, email, 574-935-1712


"Zentangle Black 'n Tan"
August 17, 2019
 

More fun and unique ways to create with Zentangle. First we will use black tiles with white pens, chalk pencils and tortillions as well as learn more new tangles. Then, we will expand to tan tiles, black, white and brown pens, black and white pencils to create a Renaissance looking tile. Previous Zentangle experience required. Bring your Micron 01 pen, pencil and tortillion from your original kit. All participants under the age of 16 need to be accompanied by an adult.
 
Location: Donaldson, Indiana
Instructor: Valerie Reilly
Cost: Member $50; Non-member $55 (Materials included)
Sponsor: MoonTree Studios
Website, email, 574-935-1712


"Weaving a Pine Needle Basket"
August 24, 2019
 

You’ll start the morning with a pile of long pine needles and sinew. And you’ll finish with a unique natural basket of your own design and making. You’ll experience the basket weaving technique and the joys of choosing and caring for natural basket-making materials. No experience necessary. Please bring a sack lunch.
 
Location: Donaldson, Indiana
Instructor: Jo Hoffacker
Cost: Member $60; Non-member $65 (Materials included)
Sponsor: MoonTree Studios
Website, email, 574-935-1712


"Tunisian Crochet Cowl"
August 31, 2019
 

Using the Tunisian Crochet technique, create your own cowl which can serve as a head cover or scarf in cooler weather. Participants under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
 
Location: Donaldson, Indiana
Instructor: Jo Hoffacker
Cost: Member $40; Non-member $45 (Materials included)
Sponsor: MoonTree Studios
Website, email, 574-935-1712


"Play with Clay - Fall Session"
September 12, 19, 26 and October 3, 10, 24, 2019
 

Experience the simple joy of working with your hands to create with clay in our fully-equipped studio. You’ll experiment with hand construction, slab building and extrusions; throwing on a potter’s wheel, and glazing techniques to create unique pottery and clay objects that express your individuality. This is designed to be relaxing and fun for people of all abilities. Participants under the age of 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
 
Location: Donaldson, Indiana
Instructor: Jenifer George
Cost: Member $135; Non-member $145
Sponsor: MoonTree Studios
Website, email, 574-935-1712


"Felted Hat"
September 21, 2019
 

Make your own unique felted hat using wool with both wet and dry felting techniques. All participants under the age of 16 need to be accompanied by an adult.
 
Location: Donaldson, Indiana
Instructor: Jo Hoffacker
Cost: Member $75; Non-member $80 (Materials included)
Sponsor: MoonTree Studios
Website, email, 574-935-1712


"Weaving a Pine Needle Basket with Gourd"
September 28, 2019
 

You’ll start the morning with a pile of long pine needles and sinew. And you’ll finish with a unique natural basket of your own design and making. You’ll experience the basket weaving technique and the joys of choosing and caring for natural basket-making materials.
 
Location: Donaldson, Indiana
Instructor: Jo Hoffacker
Cost: Member $60; Non-member $65 (Materials included)
Sponsor: MoonTree Studios
Website, email, 574-935-1712


"Process Painting: An Invitation from Creativity"
October 4-6, 2019
 

Using tempera paint and paper, process painting allows spontaneous expression to deepen the connection between the painter and the Divine. The emphasis of process painting is internal, not what appears on paper. All participants under the age of 16 need to be accompanied by an adult.
 
Location: Donaldson, Indiana
Instructor: Karen McClard
Cost: Member $225; Non-member $250 (Includes materials and lunch each day)
Sponsor: MoonTree Studios
Website, email, 574-935-1712


"Holiday Themed Fused Glass Wreath"
October 12, 2019
 

Using the beauty of a large glass palette, participants will create a seven-inch fused glass wreath. No experience necessary. All participants under the age of 16 need to be accompanied by an adult.
 
Location: Donaldson, Indiana
Instructor: Gloria Badiner
Cost: Member $85; Non-member $90 (Materials included)
Sponsor: MoonTree Studios
Website, email, 574-935-1712


"Glass Mosaic"
October 23, 2019
 

Create a small framed scene suitable for hanging or setting in a window. All participants under the age of 16 need to be accompanied by an adult.
 
Location: Donaldson, Indiana
Instructor: Jayne Jacobson
Cost: Member $40; Non-member $45 (Materials included)
Sponsor: MoonTree Studios
Website, email, 574-935-1712


"Flame-Working with Glass: Open Torch for Beginners"
November 2, 2019
 

In this introductory session, you’ll be exposed to the basics and various styling methods to melt colorful glass rods in the traditional lampworking technique. You’ll experience all the fun of working with glass in molten form as you’re introduced to lampworking safety procedures and a bit of the history of this storied art form. You’ll understand how to distinguish quality glass from inexpensive imitations. *Note: Each participant will be working with a hot torch and molten glass, so please wear old cotton clothes, closed-toe shoes, and tie back long hair. No experience necessary. All participants under the age of 16 need to be accompanied by an adult.
 
Location: Donaldson, Indiana
Instructor: Kari Chittenden
Cost: Member $70; Non-member $75 (Materials included)
Sponsor: MoonTree Studios
Website, email, 574-935-1712


"Crochet Hat"
November 16, 2019
 

Take your yarn and crochet hook and make a fun hat modeled on one in a picture. All participants under the age of 16 need to be accompanied by an adult. Bring a sack lunch.
 
Location: Donaldson, Indiana
Instructor: Jo Hoffacker
Cost: Member $40; Non-member $45 (Materials included)
Sponsor: MoonTree Studios
Website, email, 574-935-1712


"Flame-Working with Glass: Open Torch for Beginners"
December 7, 2019
 

In this introductory session, you’ll be exposed to the basics and various styling methods to melt colorful glass rods in the traditional lampworking technique. You’ll experience all the fun of working with glass in molten form as you’re introduced to lampworking safety procedures and a bit of the history of this storied art form. You’ll understand how to distinguish quality glass from inexpensive imitations. *Note: Each participant will be working with a hot torch and molten glass, so please wear old cotton clothes, closed-toe shoes, and tie back long hair. No experience necessary. All participants under the age of 16 need to be accompanied by an adult.
 
Location: Donaldson, Indiana
Instructor: Kari Chittenden
Cost: Member $70; Non-member $75 (Materials included)
Sponsor: MoonTree Studios
Website, email, 574-935-1712


"Wet or Dry? The Amazing Range of the Colored Pencil"
March 30 - April 1, 2020
 

Explore colored pencil potential- both traditional (non-watercolor) and watercolor pencils. Kristy Kutch, author of Drawing and Painting with Colored Pencil and The New Colored Pencil, is also featured in four instructional DVDs. She brings a wealth of experience and a friendly, supportive attitude that bolsters everyone- beginner to veteran. Kristy guides students through many techniques, with frequent demonstrations and access to large demonstrator sets of pencils. Come prepared to take home plenty of samples and goodies! This workshop will be held in a peaceful country studio setting with a small group (maximum 12). Students wishing to stay on-site, inquire about lodging at the nearby retreat center. Lunches are included in the price of the workshop. Visit website.
 
Location: Donaldson (near Plymouth), Indiana
Instructor: Kristy Kutch
Sponsor: Moon Tree Studios, The Center at Donaldson
Website, email, 574-935-1712


 

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