I’ve started booking guest teachers for 2016.  We have many details up on the calendar already.  All are open for registration or Save the Date RSVP.  If there are no details on the link you can rsvp your interest in being informed as soon as we have the listing ready.


January 31

Steven James

Steven James, a refugee from one of the nation’s flyover states, now living in San Francisco spent his childhood breaking his art teacher’s rules – coloring outside the lines, peeling the wrapper off crayons and making glue skin in the palm of his hand. 

Now that he is older, wiser and craftier he still wants to break the rules, but he needs you to join in the fun.  Put aside the responsibilities of your life and get back the creative connections you made as an 8-year old.  A full-time elementary school teacher, who has made appearances on the DIY and HGTV networks he loves taking a break from his own routine and spending a few hours with adults who will hopefully avoid picking noses, scabs or fights and focus on being as creative and inspired as possible.

His published work has appeared in magazines such as ReadyMade and BeadStyle and books from Lark and Kalmbach.  He has spread his love of handmade by developing craft ideas for TiVo, the Gap and the San Francisco Chronicle as well as various websites.
Save the Date: Steven James
11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Steven’s new book :  Discover Torch Enameling hits the bookshelves in June of 2016.  He will be teaching a project or two from this much anticipated book.  Click here to pre-order on Amazon.


February 9-10

Leslie Marsh

Leslie Marsh is an artist and book binder whose work incorporates forged metal, found and collected elements, and vintage findings. She often uses old photographs, text and stones in her pieces. Using centuries-old binding techniques, Leslie forges the elements into book covers that hold nature-dyed papers.

Her books are held in private collections across the US, Europe and Australia. She is represented by Seager-Gray Gallery in Mill Valley, California, and Live an Artful Life Gallery in The Plains, Virginia.

She teaches workshops and shows her work at various sites across the United States.

2/09/2016 – 2/10/2016
Leslie Marsh: Stamped Nature Bound Journal
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Over this two-day workshop, Leslie will show participants how to how to solder, stamp and embellish book covers, and how to bind them into a treasured book using Coptic binding – a technique that has been used since the second century. At the same time, she will show students how to to coax beautiful prints onto paper for their pages using leaves, heat and water. While we will be dyeing paper during the workshop, Leslie will talk about how the same process can be applied to dyeing fabric.

The skills (and handouts) students leave this technique-filled workshop with will arm them to make books of all sizes.





2/09/2016 – 2/10/2016
Leslie Marsh: Wearable Book
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

During this two-night workshop, Leslie will show participants how to how to solder and embellish book covers, and how to bind them into a small (1.25” by 1”) book using Coptic binding – a technique that has been used since the second century. After the books have been assembled, we will attach them to a lightly-embellished chain.

The skills (and handouts) students leave this technique-filled workshop with will arm them to make books of all sizes.



February 28/29

Donna Downey

Donna Downey is a bestselling author, instructor and all-around creative force. As a mixed-media artist, Donna is a born experimenter, blending and transforming both traditional and unexpected items into meaningful pieces of self expression. A former elementary school teacher, she has synthesized her first love of teaching with her passion for Art and brings this to women via workshops and events around the world. Donna is consistently on the leading edge of taking creative risks that push the creative envelope and empowering others to do the same with their art.

Originally from the Jersey shore, Donna lives and operates her Studio in North Carolina with her incredibly supportive husband and manager, and is a mother of three exceptionally blonde children, two chihuahuas and one beloved lemon beagle.

2/28/2016 – 2/29/2016
Metamorphasis with Donna Downey
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

As the title suggests, this workshop is about transformation, the literal transformation of the medias and surfaces as we work in layers, but also the adaptations you as the Artist will bring and incorporate into your own pieces. This workshop is about experimentation and discovery and although I will be guiding you through each layer, I encourage you to bring your own unique style to the process.

Using muslin fabric and canvas as your substrates, you will begin building structural layers by adding thin layers of joint compound and wet mediums giving your pages and art pieces a textural, sculpted feel. In class, I will work along with you modeling the processes and demonstrating how bendability, mark-making and color can play into your overall designs.







April 10/11

Seth Apter

I am a mixed media artist, instructor, author and designer from New York City. My artwork has been exhibited in multiple exhibitions and can be found in numerous books, independent zines, and national magazines. I am the voice behind The Pulse, a series of international, collaborative projects that are the basis for my books “The Pulse of Mixed Media: Secrets and Passions of 100 Artists Revealed” and “The Mixed-Media Artist: Art Tips, Tricks, Secrets and Dreams From Over 40 Amazing Artists”, both released by North Light Books. I am the artist behind two workshop DVDs: Easy Mixed Media Surface Techniques and Easy Mixed Media Techniques for the Art Journal. My live workshops have been held throughout the United States, Mexico, Australia and the UK. I have a stencil line with StencilGirl Products and a stamp line with Impression Obsession. I am a member of CHA and a columnist for Cloth Paper Scissors magazine. Look for my own line of mixed media products from Spellbinders Paper Arts in January 2016. You can learn more about me and visit my online store at my website at http://www.sethapter.com

Mixed Media Dossier with Seth Apter
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

In this workshop you will create a personal dossier – a handmade, mixed media journal that you can use long after the workshop ends. Use it as a daily journal, a travel journal, a family scrapbook, or a theme-based diary for your interests, hobbies, or collections. During the workshop you will learn a variety of mixed media techniques for creating layers, texture, and dimension. A simple approach to binding will allow you to pull the entire project together and to add pages to your dossier at any point in the future. In the end, you will take home a one-of-a-kind and highly personal keepsake.
Photo Op with Seth Apter
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

With the advent of smartphones and photo apps we have all quickly become expert photographers, sharing our images by email and across social networks. Join me in this workshop and relive the “good old days” when pictures were actually held in our hands and not stored in our phones. In Photo Op we will take ordinary photographs and turn them extraordinary through a series of hand-altered techniques. Using mixed media supplies such as paints, inks and markers that you bring, a few surprises that I will bring, and your creative imagination, you will take your photographs to the next level. Are you ready for your Photo Op?
Dimensional Stenciling with Seth Apter
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Stencils have never been more popular. They are the perfect supply to use in mixed-media art, altered art, art journaling, and so many other creative domains. They’re relatively inexpensive, simple to use, easy to store, and the perfect addition to many different art projects. This full-day workshop will show you how to create textured and dimensional effects using stencils. Following a brief review of non-dimensional stenciling techniques, you will be introduced to a series of products that can be used with stencils to create dimensional effects in your artwork. You will then choose your favorite approaches and supplies and use them to create stunning stenciled art.


July 10/11

7/10/2016 – 7/11/2016
Save the Date: Pam Carriker & MaryBeth Shaw

Check out Pam Carriker’s Website

It is both my personal goal, and my artistic goal, to have my life and art reflect my true self. To convey the importance of the things in my life that matter most to me. I strive to bring the highest quality of workmanship and materials to my artistic endeavors. These things bring me inner peace and personal satisfaction.

“Mixed media in visual art refers to an artwork in the making of which more than one medium is employed.”



Check out MaryBeth Shaw’s Website

artist, author, workshop instructor……..seeker.

Mary Beth Shaw worked in the insurance industry for 18 years before she quit her job in 2000 to re-ignite a childhood love of art.  She is now a full time painter and internationally known workshop instructor. Her creative process is largely self taught, spontaneous and joyful. She is author of  Flavor for Mixed Media and Stencil Girl , both published by F&W and is also a columnist for Somerset Studios Magazine.

In 2010, Mary Beth recognized a need for ‘artist designed’ stencils and created StencilGirl Products, which has quickly grown into a respected supplier of high quality stencils for all media. Living with her husband and three cats, Mary Beth is passionate about every moment of life.



October 29/30

Save the Date: Robin Dudley-Howes
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Save the Date: Robin Dudley-Howes
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Save the Date: Robin Dudley-Howes
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Check out Robin‘s Website

Robin has been a creative free spirit since the age of 5. Currently her passion lies in creating and teaching mixed media jewelry, tassels and assemblage. Her style is an eclectic blend of Bohemian Chic channeling Mata Hari, Our Lady of Guadalupe and Frida Khalo with a dash of glitter. Paper, metal, fibers, paint, beads, wax, rust, ribbon, collage, fabric, polymer clay, and lots of recycled ephemera inspire her creations.
Her work has been published numerous times in several Stampington publications & books with her most recent articles in 2011 Jewelry Affair magazine and Fall 2012 cover for Cloth Paper Scissors magazine on her Santos Cage doll with a full 6 page article. She also shares her knowledge through teaching and conducts workshops online, nationally and locally in Los Angeles Ca.

7 Replies to “2016 Guest Teachers (so far)”

  1. WOW!!! That looks like a fabulous line up! Hoping I can pencil int have dates and come back to town for some fabulous creating!!!

  2. will the Pam Carricker/Mary Beth Shaw class lean more toward Pam or Mary Beth? I’m a big Mary Beth fan…

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