You are invited!

Sometimes along our personal journey we get creatively stuck and need a jump start to recharge our batteries or just need to step aside from our normal everyday lives. Have time to breathe, laugh, make friends and take a leap of faith in ourselves.

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Your Host, Nicci ~ photo by John Biehler

Your Host, Nicci ~ photo by John Biehler

Nicci Battilana invites you to do just that. She has organized an event where you may to take a short time out from the ‘norm’.

She has gathered  talented unique individuals to offer workshops just for you.

 

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May 22-25, 2014                                                      CLICK HERE for Art Retreat Info
Get away from your daily responsibilities by joining Artist/Organizer Nicci Dot CA and other creative souls at the inaugural “Into the heART” Art Retreat! Besides being surrounded

by creative individuals such as yourself, you will find that you are residing in a beautiful lake side Resort on the West Coast of Canada, just 2 hours drive from Vancouver, BC & one hours drive from the Abbotsford Airport.. 

PAINT, SCULPT, SEW, JOURNAL, CREATE with an unleashed soul surrounded by the beauty of Mother Nature! Immerse yourself in what you love, share stories with kindred spirits and have the time of your life!                          CLICK HERE for Art Retreat Info

 Just $510.00 CDN per person!

  • SWAG bag filled with creative goodies to swoon over!
  • Welcome night reception (hors d’oeuvres)… where the  TRADES happen!
  • Two 6 hour classes with sought after Artists! (one class on Friday & one class on Saturday)

  • Strolls on the sandy BEACH (a great free time option)
  • Use of the Natural Hot Spring Pools (when staying on site)!
  • Handmade VENDOR Market (open to the public) Friday Night!
  • SHOW & TELL Saturday Night!
  • NIGHTLY fun & artistic creative gatherings to create, journal & giggle with kindred spirits.2013-RETREAT-Play-time2-bw-

 

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Michael-pretty-vial-promo  WORKSHOP “Pretty Vial Things” with Michael deMeng

When I was a kid I loved the idea of magic potions. Remember how Alice drank from the bottle to become very very tall, and of course Dr. Jekyll turned into his hairy eye-browed buddy Mr. Hyde the same way…different recipe apparently. There must be some very interesting mojo in those little containers …some good…some not so good. In this class we are not going to be making the elixirs (that might be illegal in some states) but rather we are going to be designing the little bottles that house these strange liquids. We will be using various assemblage techniques to create some pretty vial things; part of the fun is deciding what they are going to hold and coming up with the appropriate housing. Whether it for turning into hairy monsters (which comes in handy), a potion for invisibility (also very handy), or a place to store the water from the fountain of youth (send me two right away), the containers will be as rich and strange as the contents. Down the hatch!

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WORKSHOPIsland of deMented Toys‘ with Michael deMeng

Remember the Island of Misfit Toys in the claymation epic “Rudolph the Red NosedReindeer”. Well that’s nothing compared to what we’re going to do in this class. You’re going to bring all sorts of parts and pieces from a variety of toys. You round up everything from Barbies ,to Tonka trucks, to snow globes, to wind-up zeppelins, and reassemble them “into something rich and strange” (to quote Shakespeare’s The Tempest). Don’t worry if you toys aren’t dismantled yet…we can take care of that…bwwwwahahahahahaha (evil laugh – in case you were wondering). Using various techniques of assemblage we will turn our classroom in to a laboratory of the weird. Barbie and Ken will never be the same….as I said before ….bwwwwahahahaha.

                                                            All SKILL levels welcome!

Golden Acrylic Paints ~ Retreat SPONSOR

 

CHECK OUT the crackle paste made by GOLDEN Acrylic Colors!

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NOTE:  REGISTRATION closes January 25th, 2014

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Package price includes:

  • SWAG bag filled with creative goodies to swoon over!
  • 3 nights accommodation at Harrison Hot Springs Resort, B.C. (May 22-25, 2014)
  • Welcome night reception (hors d’oeuvres)… where the TRADES happen!
  • Breakfast each morning in the Lakeside Cafe
  • Lunch 2 days (Fri & Sat)
  • Dinner Friday evening
  • Two 6 hour classes (one on Friday & one on Saturday)
  • Strolls on the sandy BEACH
  • Use of the Natural Hot Spring Pools (located on site)!
  • Handmade VENDOR Market (open to the public) Friday Night!
  • SHOW & TELL Saturday Night in the Cascade Ballroom!
  • NIGHTLY creative gatherings to create, giggle & greet new and old friends.
  • all taxes and hotel staff gratuities

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All SKILL levels welcome! 

Monday MADNESS — 3 new workshops unveiled!!!

 #1          WORKSHOPIsland of deMented Toys‘ with Michael deMeng

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Remember the Island of Misfit Toys in the claymation epic “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”. Well that’s nothing compared to what we’re going to do in this class. You’re going to bring all sorts of parts and pieces from a variety of toys. You round up everything from Barbies ,to Tonka trucks, to snow globes, to wind-up zeppelins, and reassemble them “into something rich and strange” (to quote Shakespeare’s The Tempest). Don’t worry if you toys aren’t dismantled yet…we can take care of that…bwwwwahahahahahaha (evil laugh – in case you were wondering). Using various techniques of assemblage we will turn our classroom in to a laboratory of the weird. Barbie and Ken will never be the same….as I said before ….bwwwwahahahaha.

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#2         WORKSHOPExquisite Enigmas” with Andrea Matus deMeng

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Skill level: All levels

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth” –Oscar Wilde

Maybe it’s because of the fairytales we all heard when we were kids – you know the ones with the grand masquerade balls…the fancy masks and ornate headdresses. Or perhaps it’s just because I like the idea of the alter ego….but whatever the reason, you have to admit that wearing a mask somehow makes you feel different, doesn’t it?  A simple bit of costuming over your face and inwardly you feel a transformation…not just visually, but psychically. With this in mind I thought it might be fun to spend a bit of time transforming the ordinary lives of old photographs into their enigmatic alter egos. In this class we will take portraits of everyday people and using paint, clay, collage, and found objects we’ll create masks, helmets, cowls and headdresses. You will be transforming the mundane into something elegant, opulent and mysterious.

Some of the specific skills we’ll be tackling in this workshop include:

-how to use tools for taking found objects apart and what to do to reassemble them into elaborate masks and headdresses.

-paint techniques, choosing colors, mixing colors, and combining paint with collage and objects.

-collage techniques, including collaging over found objects.

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#3          WORKSHOP “Marquis de Scroll” with Andrea Matus

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Skill Level: All levels

I was recently pondering what makes scrolls so intriguing. Was it the rich vast history they embody? Was it how they manage to bridge the artistic and the literary? Actually what I find to be the most fascinating aspect is its transformative nature. Totally unfurled the entire visual story can be revealed…or it can be revealed in smaller segments, making it so that a multitude of compositions are possible. Unfurl the only the top half and a totally different story is told than if the lower portion is revealed. In this class we are going to be working large! We’ll start off with a five-foot length of canvas (12” wide) and with our skillful addition of layers of paint, pastel and collage we’ll transform it into a visual narrative that can be deciphered and displayed like a scroll.

Some of the specific skills we’ll be tackling in this workshop include:

-using a compendium of collage material to formulate a visual narrative and a cohesive composition

-paint techniques, choosing colors, mixing colors, and combining paint with collage harmoniously

-collage techniques, including special tips for collaging unstretched canvas

-using layers of mixed media to seamlessly integrate collage items