Sneak Peek 2

3 Jun

Guest Artist Diana Trout


Keeping with our guest theme of wearable art, Diana Trout returns to our Summer Creativity Retreat to teach us how to make wrap bracelets! Similar to the trendy and pricey Chan Luu bracelets, Diana will teach us how to make a single wrap bracelet.

Diana’s professional life is weighted equally between her twin passions for teaching and creating. Her stitched mixed media painting, watercolor and book arts have been exhibited nationally. Her artwork and articles have appeared in national magazines.

Trout’s book, Journal Spilling, Mixed Media Techniques for Free Expression is used by artists, art journalers and teachers. Diana teaches in person and online as well as maintaining an active blog and YouTube channel. You can find her at

Registrations are coming in and you won’t want to miss this year’s Creativity Retreat! Register early so you aren’t disappointed. More information is available by checking out the Summer Retreat and Registration Form tabs in the main menu above.

Sneak Peek 1

27 May

We are excited have Deb join us this year teaching how she makes her beautiful silk scarves! Learn how to turn your own design into a wearable art fashion statement piece.


About our guest artist Debrah Block in her own words:

“i am in love with colors- they are intoxicating and seductive, and I have a passion for form and texture.  i learned  to sew at age 4. I have loved textiles ever since. I have a bfa in painting, and i bring the techniques i learned to silk painting, which is somewhat unorthodox. My projects have included embroidery, knitting, sewing and other traditional needle art forms.  i work with silk and wool to create scarves, shawls and accessories. the colors and effects i can achieve with silk dyes and paints are intense and beautiful, and a joy to work with! i use various resists in silk painting such as gutta, salt, alcohol and sugar syrup to achieve different effects and textures.

creating my pieces is always exciting, the unpredictable nature of the interaction between silk and paint is what keeps me growing and changing. every piece is one of a kind.”

Learn more about Debrah’s work at her website:

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18 May

Planning on attending the 2015 Summer Creativity Retreat? There are a few options in the area and within ten minutes of the Hunterdon Preparatory School Campus.

The Hampton Inn, Clinton NJ

16 Frontage Drive, Clinton, New Jersey, 08809

(908) 713-4800

Courtyard Lebanon

300 Corporate Dr. Lebanon, NJ 08833

(908) 236-8500

Riverside Victorian Bed & Breakfast

66 Leigh St. Clinton, NJ 08809

(908) 238-0400

Summer Creativity Retreat Registration

7 May

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IMG_6958 - Version 2  Information about the 2015 Summer Creativity Retreat can be found on the Summer Retreat page in the menu above.

Click on the link below for the current registration form:

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“TEACHING OUT OF THE BOX” is getting together for our 5th Annual Two-Day Summer Creativity Retreat!

29 Apr

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We hope you will join us on August 11 &12, 2015 for our next

Summer Creativity Retreat!

Two days, 4 workshops- more information and to register, click here!

Special Guest Instructors: Debrah Block & Diana Trout

     Watch for more details to follow!

Participant Letters Have Been Sent Via Email

3 Aug

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Two Weeks Until the Fourth Annual Creativity Institute!

29 Jul

Image 6Hard to believe that two weeks from today we will be having a blast at our annual Teaching Out Of The Box Summer Institute. We can’t wait!

Participants, watch for an email with information this weekend. It’s not too late to bring a friend, we have a few more openings available! You need to hurry as we are purchasing supplies NOW.

For more information or questions, call 908-303-2050 today!Upcycled Books

The 4th Annual Summer Institute

30 May


Click on the Summer Institute 2014 Tab at the top of this page for more information and to register! Questions? Contact us at:  


28 Jan

We are doing it AGAIN!!

Mark your calendars for Tuesday and Wednesday, August 12-13, for the FOURTH Annual Summer Creativity Institute!!!

To be held at Little Angels Preschool in Flemington, New Jersey,

Details and Guest Instructor announcements to Follow!!!

Creatively Yours,

Dar & Deb :)

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Project Sneak Peek!

7 May

Here’s a little sneak peek at some of the fun, creative and beautiful things we will be making together at this year’s Third Annual Summer Creativity Institute!

Don’t be disappointed…. REGISTER TODAY!!


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