Creative Visual Workshop
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Events & Background


Please check our class page for available classes.

Artist at work-2002

  • Anesong, South Korea Folkloria Museum
  • International Institute Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Expansion space for reference materials and more fabric. - 2019
More information on gourds and gourd related events can be found on the American Gourd Society website, and on the Wisconsin Gourd Society website.

      The Founder of the Creative Visual Workshop, Barb Rothwell, comes from a long line of artists, and her work can be found in a multitude of medias.

     Original working in oils and watercolors, she moved into the world of advertising, and later public service. After retiring  from public service, she reflected back to her roots in the art world and sought out other media to apply her talents.

      Gourd art helped her transition from international travel back to a more academic world by sharing her knowledge through teaching and prompting an increase her desires to activate research in more spiritual matters.

     She enjoys not only creating new and interesting designs, but teaching interested individuals in various medias to instill a more solid foundation for them to obtain a fresher outlook on life and build confidence in their abilities.

You can contact her at the e-mail address on this pages' footer.

The Studio!

Thank goodness for organization, it's wonderful! It makes it so easy to switch from one project to another.

Projects keep the studio in a constant flow of experimentation with new designs and techniques.

Lately, quilting and embroidery have become a refreshing outlet for ideas and creations, but there are always other projects underway.

As a member of the International Institute's Artisan Guild, I still search for new avenues to provide creative visual learning opportunities for others, as a way of helping other's to reach their potential in a therapeutic way.

Projects such as incorporating horticulture into Labyrinths, have become both amusing and therapeutic.

The Studio - 2018

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