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. 

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COVID Precautions

For the 2023 season, all artists should be prepared to abide by current CDC recommendations.