Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Book It! Create a Book"
July 27, 2019
 

An experience to introduce or rediscover basic book-binding skills. Participants create a cover design, choose the types and number of pages to include, then bind them with a traditional stitching technique. You are welcome to incorporate your own handmade paper in your project. All participants under the age of 16 need to be accompanied by an adult. Please bring a bag lunch.
 
Location: Donaldson, Indiana
Instructor: Peg Coffey
Cost: Member $40; Non-member $45
Sponsor: MoonTree Studios
Website, email, 574-935-1712


"Caning a Chair Seat: Doing the 7-Step Process"
July 27, 2019
 

Participants weave each of the 7-steps to hand cane a wooden frame using the most common pattern found in woven seats of chairs and rockers. When completed the sample serves as a reference tool for future caning projects. Participants need to bring small hand clippers, old washcloth, small spray bottle, awl, pencil, and plastic bag to keep instructions dry. All participants under the age of 16 need to be accompanied by an adult. Please bring a bag lunch.
 
Location: Donaldson, Indiana
Instructor: Phil Coffey
Cost: Member $50; Non-member $55
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


"Intro to Crochet"
August 10, 2019
 

Start from the beginning, making samples of various stitches, learning to increase and decrease, to work in the round and to read written patterns.
 
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


"Beginning Weaving: Place Mat/Table Runner"
November 1-3, 2019
 

For those with no weaving experience (or as a review) to understand how the weaving process takes place and how equipment is used. Each person will plan, measure, and thread a loom to weave your choice of project. Direction and instructions are given every step of the way to accomplish your goal. Skills learned easily transfer to use of a floor loom. Handouts, all tools, supplies, and loom rental is included. All participants under the age of 16 need to be accompanied by an adult. Bring a sack lunch.
 
Location: Donaldson, Indiana
Instructor: Peggy Coffey
Cost: Member $180; Non-member $195 (includes materials)
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. Bring a sack lunch. All participants under the age of 16 need to 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


"Create a Gratitude Journal"
November 23, 2019
 

Make your one-of-a-kind book to record feelings, thoughts, ideas, and wishes from a grateful heart. Basic bookmaking techniques and unique fasteners will be included in the process and you may add your own handmade papers or choose from those produced by Twin Rocker Paper Studio in Brookston. Participants under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring a bag lunch.
 
Location: Donaldson, Indiana
Instructor: Peg Coffey
Cost: Member $45; Non-member $55 (Materials are included)
Sponsor: MoonTree Studios
Website, email, 574-935-1712


"Begin to Spin Yarn on a Wheel"
December 7, 2019
 

For the novice or returning spinner, this experience covers what makes a thread a yarn, how a spinning wheel works, as well as the way to use and care for the wheel. You'll begin by drafting fibers and spin enough to ply it on the wheel, then wind it into a skein on a niddy-noddy for a "wash and set." Several types of ready-to-spin wools and blends are provided with enough to continue spinning once home. Bring your own spinning wheel or rent one for the day from MoonTree for an additional $10. All participants under the age of 16 need to be accompanied by an adult. Bring a bag lunch.
 
Location: Donaldson, Indiana
Instructor: Peg Coffey
Cost: Member $55; Non-member $60
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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