Collage/Mixed Media Art Workshops


Upcoming Programs

Vampire Hunting

Date:  May 12 - 18, 2014
Instructor: Michael deMeng

Nixing Nosferatus is not like getting rid of raccoons in the attic. It takes skill and training but it also takes the right tools and devices. So in this workshop you will be using your artistic skills to modify an everyday box or case into something that will send shivers down the spines of those nocturnal lurkers. Of course, to make a proper vampire hunting kit one must understand the type of vampire at large and use the appropriate method to exterminate.

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Completed Programs

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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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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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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Vampires, Angels and Freaky Things with Wings

Date:  June 9 - 11, 2013
Instructor: Michael deMeng

You’re going to pick your favorite flying thing (or something you’d like to fly) and create a little scene where it can stretch its wings. Discarded toys and found objects combined into something wild and wonderful using the process of assemblage. Best yet, using a very simple pulley system, we will make your creatures take flight…well at least flap their wings.

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Guns and Torches: A Weekend of Waxy Wonder

Date:  October 11 - 13, 2013
Instructor: Mary Beth Shaw and Julie Snidle

Join Mary Beth Shaw and Julie Snidle for a weekend of wax on wax off as they push the limit of mixed media wax techniques. We’ll explore ideas for Batik paper, traditional Encaustic techniques and Intarsia, wood burning, icing and tar. Additional techniques include flocking, Pan pastels, shellac, clay, rigid Wrap, Saral paper, transfers, stencils, rubber Stamps, and wood glue burns.

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Make What Ya Brung Number Three!

Date:  November 1 - 3, 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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Mixed Media Instructors


Michael deMeng


Andrea Matus deMeng


Mary Beth Shaw


Julie Snidle