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 Pencils and paper at a Zendoodle art class at The Lodge at Woodloch

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Discover Your Creative Talent

Discover your creative side and enhance your lifestyle at Pennsylvania's idyllic self-discovery retreat. Explore new or hidden talents with watercolor painting, drawing, and cooking classes as well as wine tastings designed to help you tap into your passions.

Below is a sampling of creative discovery classes that may be offered at The Lodge at Woodloch and evolve throughout the seasons. Please reference our class & activity schedules for the most current creative discovery classes, dates, and times. 
 

Abstract Painting

Open your mind to the world of abstract painting! While standing at your desk you will connect with your chakras allowing your feelings to flow freely, releasing a wealth of inner creativity. After a demonstration from the instructor, you will be using a 12 x 16 piece of paper, flow acrylics, inks, collage pieces, and newsprint to create your masterpiece. 
 

Acrylics on Canvas

Fall into a harvest moon landscape and celebrate the change in season with this acrylics painting class suitable for beginners.  You will follow along in this step by step painting process while tapping into your own creative nature!  
 

Art For Stress Management

Learn how creativity can be used to manage stress and anxiety by drawing simple repetitive patterns.  Your focus will shift and become centered on the repetition of your artwork, which helps calm the mind.  The image that you naturally create can be shaded to enhance depth and dimension.  Truly a unique art experience!  
 

Alcohol Inks on Porcelain Tiles ($)

Create a set of four coasters using alcohol inks on porcelain tiles. You can bring your own ideas or be inspired by the samples in the studio. No experience necessary. Cost is $15 per person. 
 

Basic Decorative Hand Lettering

Join and discover how to create basic cursive letterforms by applying calligraphy principles to decorative hand lettering using standard pencils and markers you likely already own! You will be able to create a small displayable sign with your newly acquired talent!
 

Basics of Charcoal

Discover the unique techniques of handling and using this ancient material with a step-by-step lesson on how to draw with charcoal. Charcoal allows for a quick bold stroke and easy shading. This class is aimed at both beginners and those with drawing experience. 
 

Chakra Bead Class ($)

Balance your chakras and lift your spirits by selecting from mala beads to create a beautiful and meaningful energy bracelet. Cost is $15 per person.
 

Cloud Creations

Come step outside and revisit a favorite childhood memory, looking up at the clouds.  Using a new technique with alcohol inks and isopropyl alcohol you will be able to create a beautiful painting of the clouds above us.  
 

Decorating with Nature ($)

Gain techniques to create your own decorations made from items found in nature, either for display outside of your home or for bringing the outdoors inside. A collection of items to inspire your own creativity, easily found in nature or grocery stores, will be available to make a wreath or arrangement to take with you. Cost is $10 per person.
 

Decorative Birdhouses ($)

Birdhouses are beautiful and unique. We provide the birdhouse, crafts and natural items. You provide the creativity and inspiration to create and decorate a beautiful birdhouse to take home with you and display. Cost is $10 per person.
 

Dot Mandala Vinyl Records ($)

Practice balance, free your inner artist, and paint a beautiful Dot Mandala Record! A ‘mandala’ is a term taken from Hinduism and Buddhism, that represents the universe. The Mandala design has also fascinated psychologists throughout the years, linking your Mandala design to your self, ego, and personality. Participants will learn to use dotting tools on vintage records to create these stunning pieces. Cost is $15 per person.
 

Explore Stamps and Printmaking ($)

Come make your own stamps and prints using a traditional linocut printmaking technique. Holiday and Winter themed elements will be provided to create your own one-of-a-kind stamp. Then, use your stamp to create a set of four greeting cards. Your beautiful stamp is yours to take home and can be used for future projects such as making your own gift wrap or gift tags! Cost is $15 per person.
 

Florals with Colored Pencils 

Learn simple, yet effective techniques for highlighting, shadowing and blending of color using colored pencils while creating a beautiful floral drawing you will be proud to display or give as a gift. Previous art experience is helpful, but not necessary.
 

Gel Press Printing

Experience the unique world of gel press art. Choose from a variety of leaves, petals, or other precut stencils that speak to you and create one of a kind prints. This simple process allows you to choose your colors that result in images that are unpredictably beautiful.
 

Introduction to Drawing

Awaken your creativity with visual expression and discover your inner artist. Drawing differs from painting in that it is much more exploratory with emphasis on observation and composition. Leave inspired by your journey to self-discovery and a picture that shows off your rejuvenated artistic energy.
 

Lotus Mandalas

Join in a relaxation based, fun, light hearted class where you will create a beautiful Lotus Style Mandala by applying easy to follow patterns and designs. Color or shade your Lotus Mandala if you so desire, and experience a level of relaxation only creative focus can help achieve. No previous art experience is necessary.
 

Medicinal Flower Painting

Finding ways to naturally boost our immune system and overall health is a constant quest. Focusing on Mother Nature’s gifts, with medicinal plants, is one way. In this watercolor painting class, we will capture Echinacea and other medicinal plants in their purest form. You will create a one-of-a-kind piece inspired by the beauty that surrounds us!
 

Open Air Painting

Become an open air painter… take a short hike to one of our breathtaking views and paint on site with our artist in residence to guide you along the way.
 

Outside Inks

Enjoy the fresh air as you collect a few nature nuggets from our grounds.  Leaves, ferns, acorns, pinecones and more are waiting to be collected in our beautiful forest.  After selecting your items you will use brilliantly colored inks to create a patterned masterpiece inspired by nature! 
 

Paper Marbling

No experience or artistic talent necessary. Come have fun with inks water and paper to create an original piece of art or stationary.
 

Pastels

Embrace velvety rich colors with magic at every stroke. Pastels offer a softer side and meld the worlds of painting and drawing together. Join us to discover the softer side of color expression.
 

Perfectly Twisted Gems ($)

Create your own stunning sterling silver wire wrapped gemstone ring! Choose from various rough cut or tumbled gemstones and learn two styles of wire-wrapping. You will use pliers and small hand tools to create a beautiful ring, a perfect reminder of your time at The Lodge at Woodloch. Cost is $25 per person.
 

Silk Scarf Painting ($)

Create a beautiful one of a kind wearable piece of art by using simple, creative techniques. You will be truly surprised at how easy your masterpiece comes together! No experience is necessary! Cost is $20 per person. 
 

Tree Slice Coasters ($)

Celebrate the season and create memories making custom stenciled coasters on wood slices. Stencils for coasters will include flowers, trees, letters to craft your own monograms, and other nature themed designs. Each attendee may create up to 4 coasters. Cost is $15 per person.
 

Watercolor Flower Study

Taking a step into simplicity by painting one petal at a time.  Come experience a pure form of watercolor painting, by using beautiful flowers as an inspiration to guide us to painting what we see.
 

Watercolor Painting

Explore new, hidden, or forgotten talents. This two-hour watercolor painting class offers you the opportunity to express your feelings through simple brushstrokes. Discover the pure beauty of nature and our surroundings by taking time to stop and really notice the colors and textures of our Pennsylvania countryside and capture it on paper. Leave with a finished work of art and a new or renewed creative side.
 

Watercolor Sunset

Create a colorful, whimsical painting of a sunset over a mountainscape using a combination of techniques and watercolor resist. 
 

Zendoodle

Join a newly designed, relaxation based art class where you can explore your fun, creative side by choosing from several doodle layouts that are broken down step by step by the instructor. You can then develop them into beautiful designs that can be colored and/or shaded if so desired. No previous art experience is necessary, anyone can ZenDoodle!
 

Zodiac Constellation Sign

Create your own custom zodiac sign painting for yourself, a friend or to celebrate a new birth. Paint your constellation against a galaxy of stars on canvas using a variety of painting techniques, shimmering paints, and stencils for your zodiac sign name and constellation. Get lost in the night sky and celebrate your place amongst the cosmos. Paintings are done on an 8x10 inch canvas.