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24 Jul

It’s not too late to avoid FOMS!

(Fear Of Missing Something)

We are making the final preparations for the 5th Annual Creativity Retreat and we can’t wait to share this year’s projects.There’s still room for a few more participants so contact us today and register for two days of creative play. All registered participant will be receiving the Welcome Letter next week via email.

Another Sneak Peek:FOMS

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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.

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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!

The 2013 Summer Institute Plans are UNDERWAY!!

7 Mar



You asked for it and we want to give it to you! Another fabulous two-day, hands-on learning experience for educators of all kinds is just about ready to be announced! Now is the time to tell us what you liked about the last two years and let us know what you’d like to see this year. We want to make this the best Summer Institute yet!

Stay tuned for 2013 dates and venues… we can’t wait to see you all again!

Yours In Creativity,

Dar & Deb



One week to the 2nd Annual Summer Institute!

31 Jul

Final preparations are being made and the countdown has begun for the 2nd Annual Summer Institute. We have sent a supply list to all participants. Please let us know if you did not get the email and we will get it right out to you! 

The 2nd Annual Summer Institute for Teachers!

8 Apr



TWO Dynamic Days: August 7 & 8, 2012

 A Professional Development Experience With A Retreat Atmosphere!

             Join Dar and Deb and special guests:


Author & Storyteller Gerald Fierst

Literacy Consultant Leah Mermelstein

Practical HANDS-ON workshops to promote literacy and applied arts on a shoestring budget that are easily integrated into any curriculum at any age level and meet  CCSS standards.

“What makes this conference DIFFERENT?”

  • Experience first-hand ideas that will add life and sparkle to standards-driven curriculum. We’ll show you how!

  • Practical lessons that differentiate individual needs and develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills in fun and creative activities.

  • Revitalize yourself with enriching experiences that have an immediate impact in your daily classroom.

What our past participants have to say about their TOOTB Summer Institute experience:

“I am still reeling from my two days spent in the company of such creative minds.  I can’t thank you enough for allowing me to share in the experience of attending your workshop.  I came away totally energized and ready to “light the flame”.  The students of the teachers who attended your workshop are truly lucky children.  For me, personally, the timing was perfect.  I feel like  I spent two days in a spa for the mind, body and soul. “

“Just wanted to let you know again how much I enjoyed the workshop you presented these last two days.  There was so much talent in that room and I could feel the energy.  It really touched me on  many levels and I am looking forward to bringing back so many creative ideas to my classroom.  You both are an inspiration!”

“…thank you for the tremendous amount of planning and organization you did to make this an experience that was meaningful and memorable. Your efforts left me wishing the days were longer, and provided me with a notebook full of ideas, activities, projects, and brainpops that I can bring to my students from the first day of school!

Registration is limited. Register early and save!

Click here to register today!

Save the Date for our 2nd Annual Summer Institute for Teachers!

25 Mar

Last year’s retreat-like event was such a success, so of course we plan to do it again! We are busy making plans for our Summer Institute to be held on August 7 & 8th, 2012. Plans are to make this summer’s event bigger and even better! Subscribe today and be among the first to get all the details as soon as they are posted!