classes and retreats

Art Journal Alchemy: Magic in the Mess June 7-9, 2019

Alisa Burke


Join me in my studio on the Oregon Coast for three days of creative mess making and exploration! We will be immersing ourselves in all things art journaling. Throughout the three days, I will be demonstrating tons of my favorite techniques, tips, tricks and materials for your art journaling process. From painting to collage, to free writing, printmaking, drawing, working in layers and more- we will embrace the magic that comes with creative exploration and making a mess on those page! Whether you are a beginner or an intermediate artist, you will come away with tons of inspiration and new ideas for your art journal.

Cost of class includes supplies, gifts and surprises from Alisa, lunch and snacks all threee days.



10am-12pm class

12-1pm lunch

1-4pm class



10am-12pm class

12-1pm lunch

1-4pm class 



10am-12pm class

Lunch/Clean up


I've been teaching art since 2004 and while I have a formal education in Fine Art, I love to break the rules! As a teacher, it's my mission to share simple techniques that artists of any level can use to create bold and colorful art. I also like to cram as much creativity as I possibly can into my classes! My goal is to inspire my students and provide new ideas, techniques, live demonstrations, one on one support and the space to make creative discoveries. One of my favorite parts of teaching live, is the having the time to connect with my students, get to know other creatives and answer questions about art, life and business.


$550.00 early bird special. Includes supplies, gifts and surprises from Alisa, lunch and snacks all three days.

Please note- we have limited space available for this retreat, if all spots are filled we will open up a waiting list.

Single day classes are not available.
Payment in full is required at the time of registration.
To register simply add the retreat to your cart. Once we receive your payment you will be sent a confirmation email within 24 hours. 


In addition to your confirmation email you will also receive a welcome packet with additional event details (schedule/activities, parking, recommended eating, attractions, etc) and a release form that will need to be returned by start of class.

If you have any questions about registration or payment you are welcome to send an email to 

Cancellation policy- No refunds after May 7, 2019 or 30 days prior to class. There will be no exceptions. All requests for refunds must be received in writing before May 7, 2019 and will incur $50 processing fee. You may have someone else take your spot but we must be notified of the change. 

Closest airport- Portland International Airport

Bus-NorthWest POINT provides round trip motor coach service from Portland to Seaside and surrounding beach communities. A complete schedule can be found here.

From Portland International Airport (PDX): 
(90 miles/2 hours). The road leaving the terminal is Airport Way. Follow Airport Way to Interstate 205 South. Go south on I-205 for 3 miles to Exit 21B - Interstate 84 (Banfield Highway). Take I-84 West toward downtown Portland for 6 miles. Exit on your left to Interstate 5 South. Take I-5 for 1.5 miles across the bridge, exiting left onto Interstate 405 North. Take I-405 for 1.5 miles to Exit 1D (right) to Highway 26 - Sunset Highway. Take Highway 26 west for 75 miles to Highway 101 at the coast. Go 1.5 miles north on Highway 101 to Seaside.

From Portland:
(75 miles/1.5 hours), Go west on Highway 26 toward "Ocean Beaches" for 72 miles to Highway 101 junction. Go 1.5 miles north on Highway 101 to Seaside.

From I-5 North/Seattle:
(210 miles/3.5 hours), Take the Longview Exit #36. As you head west into Longview, stay on the main road for several miles to a set of lights. Take a left at the second light, following the signs to Oregon. You are about 70 miles from Seaside at this point. Cross the mighty Columbia River on the big bridge and head west (right) on Highway 30 for 45 miles to Astoria. Highway 30 becomes Highway 101 at Astoria. Follow Highway 101 south through Astoria to Seaside.
For information on the area visit-

*We will not be providing lodging or transportation services.

The Sandy Cove Inn-   
Holiday Inn Express-  
Comfort Inn- 
Gearhart Hotel-  
Rivertide Suites-
Seaside Vacation Homes-

Air B&B-

For more places to stay please visit the Seaside Visitors Bureau-

Towns Nearby With Additional Lodging
Gearhart-2 mi
Cannon Beach- 8.8 mi


*The Oregon Coast has very unpredictable weather that can change at a moments notice. Some of our activities could change or may depend on the weather but be assured rain or shine- we will be having lots of fun together!
*Seaside is a small town and regardless of where you are staying, everything (from the beach to downtown to the grocery store to my studio) is within minutes (driving) of each other.
*If you need recommendations or have any questions about class content, travel, lodging or the area feel free to email me at
*There is no supply list for this class. To keep things simple and easy for you- I will be providing all supplies. If you have favorite supplies (pens, brushes, watercolors or paper) feel free to bring them but they are not required.

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