Laura Lein-Svencner
Vertical Story Telling – This WORKSHOP is currently on a WAITLIST

May 18 - May 24

5 Teaching Days


This WORKSHOP is currently on a WAITLIST

Vertical Story Telling in Collage

Telling a visual story in a vertical format with a contemporary mind set of today’s adventurous artists will be the focus of this workshop. The vertical collage artwork will be layers of our own creative lineage within instinctual details. The unfolding of this creative process will begin with collage sketching, then on to creating a collage palette of papers. Artistic movement in a repetitive vertical statement on a variety of substrates will build confidence for the process of heat fusion. This method of collaging is applied with an iron. Gathering knowledge of the adhereing of the collage papers to many surfaces like a long vertical wood panel will be our intention. Not all collage and mixed media art has to be square or rectangular, it can be long and vertical. Storytelling with marks, words, images, animal silhouettes, symbols and design elements allow for unique creative story segments to emerge.

Supply fee 15.00 per person collected by Instructor



Laura Lein-Svencner grew up in Downers Grove IL. close to her grandfather’s farm, which was the last operating farm 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, book arts and the art of hand papermaking, it is the love of paper and design that calls her attention. She comes from generations of “Creative Makers” working with their hands.
She is a signature member of the National Collage Society, co-founder of the Midwest Collage Society, which exhibits throughout the Midwest Chicagoland area. She has won many awards for her work which are represented at Mainstreet Art Gallery, Lake Zurich IL. Laura has self-published a Collage Sketchbook-Instructional Design Book. She continues her second love of teaching the fine art of collage in classroom settings, workshops and online for the past 30 years. Her work has found its way into many homes through the United States and Internationally.


If 12 or more students attend class (all teaching days): $690
If 11-10 students attend class (all teaching days): $705
If 9-8 students attend class (all teaching days): $730
If 7-6 students attend class (all teaching days): $765

Room & One Dinner Fee plus tax: $575
(There are 6 nights’ accommodations included in the “Room & One Dinner Fee” listed above.)


Saturday, May 18
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 Room and Meal Package. $28 additional for day students.)

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday – May 19 – 23
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

Thursday, May 23
9:00 a.m. – Noon Class in Session
NOON Champagne Toast & Dessert (included in package)
Lunch On Own
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Class in Session

Friday, May 24
Depart – check-out time is 10:00

Optional Events – Sign Up Required / Subject to Change:
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 Noon & 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 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’s for $40 per night for accommodations. Costs for box lunches and dinners are additional.