Collage/Mixed Media Toggle

The Found Object Sandwich: The Photo Assemblage Brooch

Date:  October 11 - 12, 2008
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Explore the design concepts and fabrication techniques important to an assemblage approach to jewelry making.

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Non-Traditional Forms in Wire/Mixed Media

Date:  October 12 - 14, 2007
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Create unusual, interesting and dimensional jewelry and journal structures created of all wire and metal, using a wide range of unique techniques and cutting-edge fusions of materials and forms.

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The Artful Alphabet

Date:  October 21 - 22, 2006
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Create your own personal Exemplar — An artistic presentation of the letters of the alphabet. We will work with collage and mixed media painting techniques to create large, expressive works of art that describe and define our lives.

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The Artful Alphabet

Date:  October 25 - 26, 2008
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As children we’re told "A is for Apple, C is for Cat",etc. As artists we have a whole lifetime of experiences and inspirations to harvest to create our personal Exemplar. (Exemplar: An artistic presentation of the letters of the alphabet.) We will work with collage and mixed media painting techniques to create large, expressive works of art that describe and define our lives. Each artist will create a bold and distinctive alphabet, using personal memorabilia and other ephemera, combined with painting, stamping, mono-printing, and found objects. Learn new ways of working with images, as well as tips for maintaining your creative verve.

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Savor Life’s Flavor

Date:  May 13 - 15, 2011
Instructor: Mary Beth Shaw

Come join Mary Beth for an intimate weekend of Flavor loosely based on her book. Join us as we shake it up, moving seamlessly from art to music to food to dancing. We’ll share a multi-sensory weekend that transcends any art class you’ve ever attended.

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DeSigN – dEsiGn – DesIgN!

Date:  August 5 - 7, 2011
Instructor: Thomas Mann

Take this Design Master Class with Tom and pump up your jewelry design skill set with a jam-packed demo and hands-on jewelry design throwdown. You’ll be given a design challenge that will lead into the process of developing a personal design vocabulary of techniques. materials and concepts. Then, fabricate a piece that demonstrates that vocabulary.

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Learning Focusing to Help Free the Artist in You, Level One Focusing

Date:  August 13 - 14, 2011
Instructor: Karen Wallace

Focusing helps you learn how to be Present and listen to yourself so that you can move ahead in your life in an empowered and safe way. Focusing brings you closer to wholeness and allows you to access your inner wisdom. This helps you move in the direction of your potential. It can help you move beyond blocks and get in touch with your goals. Focusing is a gentle and powerful way to develop a deep interpersonal healing relationship with yourself.

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Learning Focusing to Make Inner: Finding Inner Peace, Level Two Focusing

Date:  August 20 - 21, 2011
Instructor: Karen Wallace

Focusing and creating art helps you learn how to be Present and listen to yourself in order to move ahead in your life in an empowered and safe way. It can help you feel more integrated and whole. Focused Art making is a gentle and powerful way to develop a deep intrapersonal healing relationship with the self. This program will teach you how to use Art Therapy and Focusing to invigorate your creativity, be calm and compassionate with yourself and access more of your imagination and creative potential. 

Participants will receive Level Two Focusing qualification. To take this workshop participants need to have completed Level One Focusing.

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Raise the Bar

Date:  September 23 - 25, 2011
Instructor: Michelle Ward

Are you ready to move forward from your typical art-making approach and take your painted surfaces to a new level? Curious about how tap your talent and amp it up to eleven*? Raising the Bar is a workshop designed to support you in the quest to push the boundaries of your creative process. Through both group and personal brainstorming sessions we will review and investigate opportunities for growth that arise in studying the interpretations of assignments I have prepared for you. We will discuss and practice many design principles like composition, color, and content, with both painting and collage. We will try many surface treatment techniques and will spend some time making our own tools inspired by a field trip through the gorgeous Valley Ridge property.

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Eat, Paint, Love: Exploring the Good Life

Date:  October 14 - 16, 2011
Instructor: Jill Berry

Instructor: Jill Berry
A collaborative workshop culminating in the creation of a Cookbook for Life, based on the poetry of farmer poet Wendell Berry. Three days of collaging, painting, cooking, eating, drawing and basking in gratitude.

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Grey Matter Meddling

Date:  October 28 - 30, 2011
Instructor: Michael deMeng and Jane Wynn

Program details coming soon.

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La Maison Fantôme

Date:  January 30 - 4, 2012
Instructor: Michael DeMeng

It is said that my home is haunted (though I have never seen the alleged spirit) but have had a number of friends who swear they exist and have experienced a variety of eerie occurrences with ghostly types. So it dawned on me that perhaps these ghosts just need a little bit of pampering, and this got me thinking about an interesting idea for a class: “la maison fantôme”, the ghost house.

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Wax On Wax Off

Date:  April 27 - 29, 2012
Instructor: Mary Beth Shaw and Julie Snidle

Join Mary Beth Shaw and Julie Snidle for a weekend of waxy wonder as we explore a variety of mixed media wax techniques.  No body hair involved. Day 1 starts with the return of the ever popular Batik Paper and Mary Beth will share all the new methods she has developed. Papers that are so …

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Postcards from the Other Side of Your Brain

Date:  May 5 - 6, 2012
Instructor: Quinn McDonald

Through collage, found poetry, and experimentation with inks as paint, you’ll create intuitive art for one side of the postcard. The other will be messages developed using your own inner wisdom reached though guided visualization during deep writing sessions. The result will be Postcards From the Other Side of Your Brain, a set of tarot-like cards.

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Sacred Play

Date:  May 18 - 20, 2012
Instructor: Misty Mawn and Katie Kendrick

In this 3 day workshop, our collective intention is to explore this creative realm and discover the myriad ways it reveals itself to us. We will lead you on various “adventures” designed to enhance your imagination, relax your body, and help you access the expansive, sometimes elusive YOU. Activities include (but are not limited to) various painting projects – both individual and collaborative, nature art/walks, yoga, visual “journeying”, performance art and sacred ceremony.

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All Wrapped Up – Bracelets & Chokers

Date:  June 8 - 10, 2012
Instructor: Nina Bagley

Spend three full days designing richly detailed jewelry wraps that are perfect for layering assorted treasured findings, beads, and ribbons around either your neck or wrist; if made long enough, these pieces will look wonderful wrapped around the waist as well.   I’ll be teaching a very wide variety of jewelry techniques for this brand …

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All Wrapped Up – Bracelets & Chokers II

Date:  June 11 - 13, 2012
Instructor: Nina Bagley

Spend three full days designing richly detailed jewelry wraps that are perfect for layering assorted treasured findings, beads, and ribbons around either your neck or wrist; if made long enough, these pieces will look wonderful wrapped around the waist as well.   I’ll be teaching a very wide variety of jewelry techniques for this brand …

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“Long Tall Sally” Book

Date:  June 22 - 24, 2012
Instructor: Beryl Taylor

Have some fun with the “Long Tall Sally” book. You’ll come away with a really interesting piece of art that you can keep on your shelf ( as long as it is a big one ) for years to come.

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Single Minded Binding

Date:  June 29 - 29, 2012
Instructor: Andrea Matus

“One of these thing is not like the other, one of these things just doesn’t belong”, remember that from Sesame Street?  Well believe it or not that song actually kind of relates to art of Single Sheet Coptic bookbinding.  “Why?” well because one of the things that this style of binding allows us to do …

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Transparental Guidance

Date:  June 30 - 1, 2012
Instructor: Andrea Matus

Typically collage is about the clever ways we combine items to cover over and transform surfaces; this time we are going to explore this medium in a slightly different way.  In this class you will be guided through the collage process incorporating items that are transparent in nature. Combining transparencies, mica, photos, textured papers, ephemera, …

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deMent-triloquism

Date:  July 4 - 6, 2012
Instructor: Michael de Meng

deMent-triloquism:  In case you were wondering, the fear of ventriloquist’s dummies is called automatonophobic (which by the way includes the fear of wax dummies and automatons like Zoltar the fortune teller).   I can understand how ventriloquist dolls could illicit terror and trepidation; typically they are bit creepy looking.    Remember Anthony Hopkins in the film Magic, …

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Trash to Treasure Master Class

Date:  July 7 - 8, 2012
Instructor: Michael de Meng

Artists are renowned for using whatever is readily available in there surroundings to create art. You’re not going to see many coconut carvings in Alaska. In many ways, this is why the process of assemblage has become so popular; after all, junk and discarded things abound. Perfect pickings for those with the desire for junking …

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Make What Ya Brung Number One!

Date:  August 24 - 26, 2012
Instructor: No instructor, your hosts are Kelley Clarke and Gary Warren Niebuhr.

Valley Ridge Art Studio Play Date
Come on out to the best art studio location in the world to have a fun weekend of making art! The studio at Valley Ridge will be available to make whatever you want to over a 48 hour period with the materials you bring. You will need to bring whatever tools you need. Sharing is encouraged. You may work in the studio as early or as late as you like within the established schedule. We will rely on each other for trading, sharing and training.

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Jigsaw to Jewelry: Monoprints and Jewelry from the same Plates

Date:  September 7 - 9, 2012
Instructor: Thomas Mann

I had the unique experience of being able to be an “art major” during the junior and senior years of high school.  I can remember a semester of print making and how intriguing I found the process.  I got into it big time and pretty soon I was making silk-screen posters.  I had the opportunity …

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Bloom True: A Brave Intuitive Painting Adventure

Date:  September 14 - 16, 2012
Instructor: Flora Bowley

Bloom True is an inspiring and encouraging workshop for both novice and experienced painters that teaches a spontaneous, bold, and fearless approach to painting as a process of discovery. Learn how to create colorful, unique, expressive paintings through a variety of techniques that combine basic, practical painting principles with innovative personal self-expression and personal growth.

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Love Letters: A Passionate Correspondence

Date:  September 21 - 23, 2012
Instructor: Jill K. Berry

…should I draw you the picture of my heart it would be what I hope you would still love though it contained nothing new.  The early possession you obtained there, and the absolute power you have obtained over it, leaves not the smallest space unoccupied.   Abigail Adams to her husband, President John Adams. December 23, …

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Gut Instincts

Date:  October 6 - 7, 2012
Instructor: Melissa Manley

I have collected dolls and made dolls my whole life. But in later years I have become increasingly interested in spirit dolls and santos, or cage dolls. Come spend two days with me as we explore combining found objects, wire, metal and an ancient material used by hunter/gatherer cultures the world over, hog gut or …

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Synchronicity

Date:  October 12 - 14, 2012
Instructor: Michelle Ward

A simple painted journal is transformed into a handsome and unique artist’s book when we begin with deliberate manipulations then let Synchronicity take over. Using circles in art-making is an endless adventure and I never tire of investigating the possibilities with the classic, simple shape. Circles play an integral role in our interactive art book that will focus on all celestial beings, particularly the sun and the moon. These subjects unlock portals where one can explore dramatic shifts from light to dark, the subtle nuances between positive and negative, and the navigation of scale and repetition.

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The Mystic Marionette of the Marigny

Date:  February 18 - 23, 2013
Instructor: Michael de Meng

Palm and Tarot readers line the New Orleans sidewalks with visions of the future…well…perhaps.  To honor Big Easy soothsayers I thought we’d have a bit of fun using some puppetry.  In this class we will be creating marionettes that have moving arms that foretell forthcoming events.  The real inspiration for this class is the card …

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Make What Ya Brung Number Two!

Date:  April 26 - 28, 2013
Instructor: No instructor, your hosts are Kelley Clarke and Gary Warren Niebuhr.

Valley Ridge Art Studio Play Date
Come on out to the best art studio location in the world to have a fun weekend of making art! The studio at Valley Ridge will be available to make whatever you want to over a 48 hour period with the materials you bring. You will need to bring whatever tools you need. Sharing is encouraged. You may work in the studio as early or as late as you like within the established schedule. We will rely on each other for trading, sharing and training.

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Sumptuous Sirens & Botanical Beauties

Date:  June 6 - 8, 2013
Instructor: Andrea Matus deMeng

Remember those old carnival sideshow posters…like “Cobra Girl”…or the “Two-Headed Boy? Prepare to do some carnivalesque transformative magic of our own as we take everyday images and change them into large scale mixed media masterpieces. Using a combination of collage and paint we are going to take the ordinary imagery and transform it in to something “otherworldly” and divine.

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Sideshow Freaks & Fantasticals

Date:  June 6 - 11, 2013
Instructor: Andrea Matus deMeng and Michael deMeng

Michael deMeng and Andrea Matus deMeng return to Valley Ridge in June for an (almost) week-long, extremely strange sideshow extravaganza starring an assortment of freaks, sirens, vampires and winged fantasticals. Featuring two workshops and optional special events, it’s the perfect experience to get your summer started on a wonderously weird note. Join Andrea for Sumptuous Sirens and Botanical Beauties and/or Michael for Vampires, Angels & Freaky Things with Wings. As an added bonus, Michael will provide optional, one on one art coaching sessions for students to bring in any work of their choosing for us to discuss everything from dilemmas to solutions.

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