Tours, Classes, Workshops


Welcome! Joan Molloy Slack brings her art to many facets of her life. She is a fiber artist working primarily in “pictorial” felt-making, where fiber is used to “paint” 2-dimensional artwork. She is also ceramicist, working in a variety of ways with clay to create sculpture and pottery. She has been teaching for over 25 years, and offers art classes and workshops year-round. For the last 15 years she has been traveling and leading art related tours to Ireland, Scotland, France and Mexico. She offers new tours and workshops each year around the world, which she writes about on her blog   Joan is also a travel writer, and enjoys writing about creative people, interesting places and positive collaborations that are changing the world.


Fiber Art by Joan Slack

“Night Walk” by J.M. Slack

Class Schedule at Riverrun Center for the Arts: All materials and equipment are provided.

Gather 4 people together and we can create a class on your time frame!

Tree Spirit Art Dolls    In this workshop we will construct art doll sculptures, with the tree spirit as the theme. Using clay faces, found materials, and mixed media, such as beads, cloth and paints, each person will create a sculpture that has special meaning and is a unique personal expression. We will explore personal symbolism and motifs as the dolls are constructed, incorporating individuality into the finished product. No experience necessary. Students should bring whatever materials might be useful such as fabric, embellishments such as beads, ribbon, shells, stones or feathers. Ages 12+

The ART of Felt Making   After an overview of the history of wool and its uses, we will learn the many ways to work with fleece and needle felting to create functional and decorative works of art. Students will create a sampler of different methods, then a colored wool landscape to utilize the techniques learned, as well as several other projects. No experience necessary. All materials provided, but bring fleece or other needle felting tools if you have them. Ages 12 +

TOURS   We are excited to offer the following tours at this time. See Joan’s travel stories and full brochures at

“Felting the Southwestern Landscape” A  workshop and tour in Santa Fe, NewMexico     April 17-26, 2016

The landscape of southwestern New Mexico is rich in color, form and ever changing light, and beautifully lends itself to interpretation is art. In this workshop we will explore ancient petroglyphs and pueblos where the past and present merge, learn about the history and culture of Santa Fe and surrounding areas, and experience the rich and vibrant art scene with visits to artists and museums. All of this experience will be brought back to our collage1hands-on felt-making workshop focused on “Felting the Southwestern Landscape”.

Felt-making is an ancient art, used for thousands of years to create clothing, shelter and tapestries. In this workshop we will use needle felting to create art by painting with the fiber. Your instructor, Joan Molloy Slack, learned to felt in Ireland, where she has led art and cultural tours for 15 years. After exploring the variety of ways of working with fleece, from Turkish rug making to creating hats and mittens, she became fascinated with the possibilities of using the fiber “pictorially”. She has taught workshops using this technique for over 14 years, and enjoys using symbols, mythology and personal imagery in her landscapes. In the workshop we will bring our experiences in the landscape into our felt-work, and Joan will discuss and demonstrate how to bring a personal, unique and exciting dimension to the landscape format.  See all of the details at

DSC_0463Fiber Arts in Ireland: A Wooly Trail Along the Wild Atlantic Coast Fiber Arts Workshop and Tour      June 1-13, 2016  Fiber art tour to Ireland 2016

Art Adventure Retreats

Our art adventures and retreats are designed to offer a variety of experiences to restore, refresh and explore one’s creativity. Our mission is to create an environment and experience that inspires, instructs, renews the spirit, nourishes the body, and refreshes the mind. More…

Joan is a member of the Handmade Tile Association. For a catalog contact the HTA