How to begin your amazing creative journey in 2014!

~ CARPOOL ~ to our Spring Weekend Get-a-way! Save on gas & increase your weekend adventure by traveling with fellow creative spirits!  Barb from Maple Ridge would love to have you join her, as I am sure many others would as well!

JOIN our new online CHAT GROUP to meet and make plans with other attendees (CLICK HERE)!countdown-18

CLICK HERE to REGISTER Today!

SAVE YOUR SPACE

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CLICK HERE for WORKSHOP, accommodation & price info

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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SPOUSAL/COMPANION RATE: when based on double occupancy…. and when only one person is attending the Art Retreat… that one Art Retreat Attendee is to pay the SINGLE room rate and then their spouse can stay in the same room, but the spouse will have no meals or retreat events included in their stay. Please include your spouses name at time of booking.  FYI: $50 early booking bonus does not apply to ‘spousal rate’. The $50 early booking bonus only applies to Spring 2014 ‘Into the heART’ Retreat attendees.

Are you UNDER 19 and want to attend?: We would love for you to join us with your parent(s). What a great bonding get-a-way this would be for you! Contact us for details!

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 CLICK HERE to REGISTER Today!

SAVE YOUR SPACE

CLICK HERE for WORKSHOP, accommodation & price info

NOTE:  REGISTRATION closes January 25th, 2014

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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

LUCKY 7 … new WORKSHOP unveiled!

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  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!

BIO: My work is about transformations. It is about the transformation of the common into the sacred. Discarded materials find new and unexpected uses in my work; they are reassembled and conjoined with unlikely components, a form of rebirth from the ashes into new life and new meaning. These assemblages are metaphors for the evolutions and revolutions of existence: from life to death to rebirth, from new to old to renewed, from construction to destruction to reconstruction. These forms are examinations of the world in perpetual flux, where meaning and function are ever-changing.                                       http://www.michaeldemeng.com

Supply List:

  1. A couple of empty bottles. They can be made out of anything and can be any size or shape. Even simple bottles can be turned into something bizarre.
  2. Variety of found objects that might be interesting additions to the vial. Items like watch parts, gears, typewriter parts….just about anything, really. Milagros, bolts, pieces of old metal, straps of leather…anything.
  3. Mesh, scraps of burlap, or cloth can make for nice decorative coverings
  4. Collage elements
  5. 1/4lb Aves Apoxy Clay (non toxic epoxy putty) OR Free-Form Sculpt (if you’re in the Vancouver area Fiber-Tek in Burnaby carries this).  
  1. Paint Brushes (a couple small detail brushes, and some cheap brushes (1/2 inch to 1 inch in size)
  2. String, twine and wire (a couple of different smaller gauges)
  3. Basic Tools…pliers, scissors,
  4. Matte Medium – fluid
  5. Paint (acrylic…preferably Golden brand…either fluid or heavy body will work) small tubes will
    1. Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold
    2. Black (Mars or Carbon)
    3. Titanium White
    4. Pthalo Blue (red shade)
    5. Dioxazine Purple
    6. Van Dyke Brown
    7. Quinacridone Crimson
  6. Optional Paints
    1. Transparent Brown Iron Oxide
    2. Azurite Hue
    3. Quinacridone Magenta
  7. smattering of screws, bolts, nails (different sizes)
  8. Adhesives.
    1. Dap Kwik Seal Plus (white)- get this at the hardware store (you can also use molding or modeling paste)
    2. E6000

Student registration BEGINS Sept 21, 2013

 

Are you ready to see what is in store for SPRING 2014?

SPRING 2014 ~ Into the heART Art Retreat (May 22-25, 2014): We have decided to tease you just a little bit by introducing you to a workshop (or two) every second day, beginning tomorrow at 8am (pst) – Saturday Sept 7th.

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We are so very excited that we want to let it build in you as well!

See you in the am with your hot coffee in your creative little hand. PS: I think pancakes and fruit are on the menu for us.   🙂   What will you be having?

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 We have found that everyone is an Artist whether you believe it or not!

We, as humans,  are built to be creative beings in whatever medium we chose to nourish. Yes, some are more refined or have come by it naturally, but trust us, you will love trying your hand at the workshops we have to offer you. Plus our Instructors are counting the days until they can meet you!   🙂

Soul Pancake has something inspiring to share with you on this subject.

Enjoy & see you soon!

*Thank you to Dirty Footprints Studio for sharing this Soul Pancake video on facebook.