I am in love with the art of collage, altered books, and altered journals! 

I am thrilled to teach people that you don't have to be a trained artist to enjoy and benefit from these fun, powerful mediums. You just take a hardback book and using collage, paper, scissors, glue and color create an art piece expressing your own creative style! I regularly offer several different fun and exciting workshops in my art studio in Novato, California.
Workshops: Collage, Altered Books & Journaling
"Virginia is such a great teacher and amazingly she is able to work effectively with all different levels of students. The students in our class ranged from me (I am not very "creative") to a woman who is a fabric artist. We all had a fabulous time. Virginia created an 
atmosphere that was lively and fun, all the while teaching us
 several basic techniques. By the end of the class we had created 
several pages in our altered books. How fun is that!" 
                                                                   ~ Bonnie W., Greenbrae, CA
Using Altered Books 
As a Way of Seeing: Portals 
A series of 3 classes (12 hrs) using journal prompts and specific altered book structures (windows, doors, gates, stairs, paths) to explore your inner and outer worlds, interests and passions, desires and dreams. $190pp plus $20 materials fee. For more information on this exciting workshop go here. 
Next AB Portals Workshop 

DATES TBD
$190pp plus $15 materials fee​
Go here for more info and to reserve your space!
Art Journal Your Travels 
Tired of your plain, handwritten travel journals? In this workshop you will transform a blank journal into a creative expression of your journey(s) using art media, magazine pictures, and collage to prep your pages for writing. You’ll learn how to create journal pockets and storage areas to hold trip memorabilia, get tips on how to alter and incorporate travel photos into your journal, and what supplies to take with you. $155 + $10 materials fee (fee payable at class). For more info on this workshop go here. 
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Express Yourself! Intro to Altered 
Books and Collage 
This lively, newly expanded (by demand) workshop is an introduction to the magic of collage and altered books! If you've been itching to create something beautiful, or looking for the magic to achieve that, here's the perfect opportunity to explore your creative self! $75pp. (Please note which workshop date you are signing up for.) For more information on the Express Yourself! workshop go here.
Why Alter a Book? It's Liberating!
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Next Express Yourself! Workshop  

Sun, June 11, 1-5pm

$75pp all materials included
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Next Art Journal Your Travels Workshop
DATES TBD
$155pp plus $10 materials fee
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Your Daily Creative Practice E-Course 
Here's how I discovered that I was a creative person. You'll learn how to establish a daily creative practice by making one small journal collage a day for 31 days. Four weeks of instructional videos, PDF content, a private Facebook group, daily journal prompts and more. For additonal information on this exciting workshop go here. 
Go here to read more and get on the waiting list!