Stretch Your Creativity

Keep your calendars clear for this upcoming April 21st, because The Stretch Creativity Conference is coming to Marywood!

WHEN: Thursday April 21st from 1-4 pm

WHERE: Swartz Center

HOW MUCH:  General Attendee ($10.00), Student/AAF NEPA Member ($5.00)
Payable in cash or check to Marywood University

This year visiting artists Arlin Schumer, Cole Hastings, Jamie B. Hannigan and Matthew Gorton will be speaking about their techniques and skills they acquired throughout their time, and how they became successful.

All these artists can give you inspiration that can be used towards your own work, because let’s be real; sometimes as artists we may get stumped every now and then when it comes to keeping every project extremely creative. Arlin Schumer is an award-winning comic book-style illustrator for the advertising and editorial markets. Cole Hastings uses advanced technologies and everyday craft techniques to create small home furnishings. Jamie B. Hannigan works in Scranton using graphic design, web development, and animation, yet her freelance work shows skill in jewelry making, paper art (I thought this was really cool), and photography. Last but definitely not least, Matthew Gorton is a mechanical-materials engineer who is knowledgeable when it comes to 3D printing. 

Anyone who attends will be able to learn about contemporary design and illustration, develop an understanding of design challenges both nationally and internationally, appreciate what the speakers’ techniques are, and learn about their skills. But of course, most importantly create inspiration that can be used towards your own works of art. 

Whether you are an artist yourself, an art educator, advertiser, or just a fan of all types of art and comic books, this conference is a great way to learn from designers and illustrators in the real world who have gained success.

Register by cash/check, mail, fax or phone. Register with Visa, Master Card, or Discover, by calling 570.340.6060. 20% Group Discount for groups of 3 or more who register at the same time.

All images courtesy of Marywood University Art Department. For more information visit

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