Laura Lein-Svencner

Abstract Mixed Media Collage and Composition

May 21-27, 2016 (Five Teaching Days)

The end result is just one small element that goes into creating a piece of art. What is often overlooked is the process and the steps taken to open doors intuitively and to encouraging self-expression. The first few days of the workshop will be devoted to building a palette of collage papers. Adding one’s personal touch all the way through by sanding, adding texture, printing, and altering found papers with acrylics and mediums. The most important part of the process is called “play,” which as adults we seem to have left by the wayside. Using a collage sketchbook for meditation and for inspiring new compositions, each student will build upon their own life’s experience for reference. Students will learn about the heat seal method of adhering collage papers to a variety of surfaces. This workshop offers so many ideas, and encourages a playful creative process that will feed your inner artist for a long time.

Laura Lein-Svencner grew up in Downers Grove and now resides in Darien, Illinois. She’s married with four grown children and a home full of loving creatures. Although she has studied drawing, printmaking, sculpture, and papermaking, her love of paper keeps pulling her back to the art of collage. She’s a member of many local and international collage groups and cofounder of the Midwest Collage Society and a signature member of the National Collage Society.

Laura’s has been working in the medium of collage for the past 20 years, her work has been published in many North Light Books, Incite 1,2,3 , AcrylicWorks 2 and 3, and The Art of Expressive Collage. Her collages are represented at The Flying Pig Gallery in Algoma, Wisconsin. 

Laura teaches her collage techniques at Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook, Illinois. During the summer you’ll find her exhibiting her work at art fairs and teaching collage workshops all around the Midwest.

Studio: Something for all levels. BEGINNERS WELCOME.

Workshop Fee plus tax per student:
If 12 or more students attend class (all teaching days): $590
If 11-10 students attend class (all teaching days): $610
If 9-8 students attend class (all teaching days): $630
Plus a $25 Material Fee
Room & One Dinner Fee plus tax: $457
(There are 6 nights' accommodations included in the "Room & One Dinner Fee" listed above.)
NEW Cancellation Policy, Class Fees and Tiered Pricing Explained
A partial tuition scholarship is offered
Workshop Itinerary


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Workshop Itinerary

For this week only, the arrival date is Saturday, not our normal Sunday.

Saturday, 5/21
Check-In to your unit at Dillman’s (check-in time is 3:00)
5:00 Welcome Reception (included in package)
6:00 Dinner at Dillman's (included in package)

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 5/22-5/26
Breakfast On Own
9:00 a.m. - Noon Class in Session
Lunch On Own

Meals are on your own. All accommodations have cooking facilities. You may preorder box lunches and dinners for meals to be taken alone or with your group in: your studio, the lodge deck, cafe, or your accommodation. (Pre-ordering for lunches and dinners is required.)

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Class in Session
Dinner - See Optional Events Below

Wednesday, 5/25
NOON Farewell Champagne Toast (included in package)

Friday, 5/27
Depart - check-out time is 10:00

Optional Events - Sign Up Required / Subject to Change:
    Sunday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)

    Monday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)
    Monday 7:00 p.m. S'more Roast (no charge)

    Tuesday 7:30 a.m. Yoga
    Tuesday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)

    Wednesday 4:00 p.m. Pontoon Ride on White Sand Lake (no charge)
    Wednesday 5:00 p.m. Moondeer & Friends Gallery Tour (no charge)
    Wednesday 6:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner

    Thursday NOON Pontoon Ride on White Sand Lake (no charge)
    Thursday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)

Dine-Around Dinners: Registration required at the front desk, meet at 5:00pm in the main lobby for carpooling.

Day students are welcome to attend the Welcome Reception and Farewell Reception (included in your package). You are also invited to join the class dinners (additional fee). PAL’s (Participants at large) can vacation at Dillman’sfor $45 per night for accommodations. Costs for box lunches and dinners are additional.