Laura Lein-Svencner
Sketchbooks As A Piece of Art

May 20 - May 26

5 Teaching Days


Sketchbooks As a Piece of Art

Accordion or Concertina sketchbook have been around for along time. Their appearance is different from a normal sketchbook because they have one long continuous page that folds in and out upon itself.

In this workshop student will learn step-by-step how to make two hard covered sketchbooks and one with no cover in a card formation. We will approach the surfaces of the sketchbook in a variety of ways with a wide assortment of art materials. Everything is possible and nothing will be left out. Working with collage papers, students will apply these materials to the surface of the sketchbook page, along with acrylics, inks, drawing materials, stamping, splattering, mark making, stenciling, fibers and even the element of the handmade stitch. These sketchbooks will be an artistic statement unique to each artist.



Laura Lein-Svencner, who grew up in Downers Grove IL close to her grandfather’s farm, which was the last operating farm in Downers Grove, 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 call her attention. She comes from many generations of “Creative Makers” working with their hands. 

Laura is a signature member of the National Collage Society and 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 28 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 20
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. $27 additional for day students.)

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday – May 21-25

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 25
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 26

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.